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“I'll Be There”

The Jackson 5 | 1970

Although the Jackson 5 had already scored three Number One hits in 1969 ("I Want You Back," "ABC" and "The Love You Save"), it wasn't until "I'll Be There" that Michael Jackson felt he and his brothers had cemented their standing as pop hitmakers. As the King of Pop explained, "'I'll Be There' was our real breakthrough song; it was the one that said, 'We're here to stay.' It was Number One for five weeks, which is very unusual. That's a long time for a song and the song was one of my favorites of all the songs we've ever done. How I loved the words: 'You and I must make a pact/We must bring salvation back.'"

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“Long Walk Home”

Bruce Springsteen | 2007

When the subject of this mournful song returns home, he hardly recognizes his town. Springsteen told Rolling Stone the alienation the man feels is a metaphor for life in a politically altered post-9/11 America. “Who would have ever thought we’d live in a country without habeas corpus?” he said. “That’s Orwellian. That’s what political hysteria is about and how effective it is. I felt it in myself. You get frightened for your family, for your home. And you realize how countries can move way off course, very far from democratic ideals.”

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