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“In Every Direction”

Junip | 2010

While writing songs for Junip's debut album, Fields, frontman Jose Gonzalez was "brainstorming a lot and getting images in my mind," and as a result he almost turned the record's opening track into a downer. "With 'In Every Direction,' I was trying to get the feeling of a positive attitude of being free," Gonzalez said. "The first time I wrote it it was actually the other way around: 'You are the center but you're never free in any direction.' Then I was listening to the song, and felt like, no, I want it to be more positive, so I changed it at the last minute."

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“Nightshift”

The Commodores | 1984

The year after soul legends Marvin Gaye and Jackie Wilson died, songwriter Dennis Lambert asked members of the Commodores to give him a tape of ideas. "And the one from Walter Orange has this wonderful bass line," said co-writer Franne Golde. "Plus the lyric, 'Marvin, he was a friend of mine' ... Within 10 minutes, we had decided it should be something like a modern R&B version of 'Rock 'n' Roll Heaven,' and I just said, 'Nightshift.'" This tribute to the recently deceased musicians was the band's only hit without Lionel Richie, who had left for a solo career.

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