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“I Saw Her Standing There”

The Beatles | 1963

Under the working title "Seventeen," the song that would eventually become "I Saw Her Standing There" was a staple of Beatles concerts circa 1962, when they would jam it out for minutes on end. The song's muse was Paul McCartney's lady interest, Iris Caldwell, who was indeed just 17 when they met in 1961. McCartney admits that the bass line was lifted from "I'm Talking About You" by Chuck Berry, which the Beatles often covered. "I played the exact same notes as he did," says McCartney, "and it fitted our number perfectly."

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“Vicious”

Lou Reed | 1972

Opening Lou Reed's 1972 solo album, the hard-riffing "Vicious" actually traces its origin back to Reed's days with the Velvet Underground. Picking up bits and pieces of songs from the people and places around him, and filing his notes for later use, Reed said it was Andy Warhol who provided fuel for the song. "He said, 'Why don't you write a song called 'Vicious,'" Reed told Rolling Stone in 1989. "And I said, 'What kind of vicious?' 'Oh, you know, vicious like I hit you with a flower.' And I wrote it down literally."

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