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“Here Comes the Rain Again”

Eurythmics | 1983

On an overcast day in New York City, Dave Stewart began playing minor chords on a small keyboard. Sitting at a window nearby, his bandmate and then-lover Annie Lennox looked at the gray sky and spontaneously sang, "Here comes the rain again," starting this melancholy song that uses the weather as a metaphor for a sullen mood. "The whole song was about that undecided thing, like here comes depression, or here comes that downward spiral," Stewart said. "But then it goes, 'So talk to me like lovers do.'"

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“Road to Nowhere”

Talking Heads | 1985

A cappella harmonies give way to an a fuller arrangement blending pop and electro-disco on "Road to Nowhere," but the theme remains constant: We're on an eternal journey to an undefined destination. The song vaulted back into the news a quarter century after it was a hit when Gov. Charlie Crist used it in his unsuccessful 2010 campaign for the U.S. Senate in Florida. "It's this little ditty about how there's no order and no plan and no scheme to life and death and it doesn't mean anything, but it's all right," Byrne said with a chuckle.

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