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“In Da Club”

50 Cent | 2003

Known as hip-hop's birthday song, 50 Cent's "In Da Club" would serve as the radio-friendly single off his commercial debut. Fans of the rapper's mixtapes were well aware that 50 was more incline to hijack a fellow emcee [see: "How to Rob"] before dancing around in "da club." But, the Queens, New York-bred rapper hopped on the Dr. Dre-crafted beat, threw on his bulletproof vest and rode "In Da Club" all the way to the bank. "As soon as he walked in the studio, he picked up a pen and we were done in an hour," Dr. Dre said. "We just made some s--- we wanted to hear."

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“San Francisco Mabel Joy”

Mickey Newbury | 1969

A country-folk song of epic proportions, "San Francisco Mabel Joy" tells the tale of a poor Georgia farmboy who wound up in prison after a move to the Bay Area found love turning into tragedy. First released by Mickey Newbury in 1969, it might be more familiar through covers by Waylon Jennings, Joan Baez and Kenny Rogers. "It was a five-minute song written in a two-minute world," Newbury said. "I was told it would never be cut by any artist ... I was told you could not use the term 'redneck' in a song and get it recorded."

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