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“It's Too Late”

Carole King | 1970

Underpinned by rumbling piano riffs suggesting the end is near, Carole King's warning that a relationship is too late to salvage gave her a Number One hit in 1971, solidified by a chorus as jubilant as it is relieved that the game is over. King co-wrote the song with Toni Stern, who said she did her part "very fast, in a day." "I won't say who 'It's Too Late' is about," Stern added. "I don't kiss and tell."

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“Stillness Is the Move”

Dirty Projectors | 2009

A Wim Wenders film and a rapper inspired the Dirty Projectors duo David Longstreth and Amber Coffmanto write "sort of a love song." "We rented the movie Wings of Desire from Dave's brother's recommendation, and he had me go through it and just write down some things that I found interesting, and they made it into the song," Coffman said. As for the hip-hop connection, Longstreth explained, "The beat is based on T-Pain. We commissioned a radio mix of the song by the guy who mixes all of Timbaland's records, but the mix we made sounded way better, so we didn't use it."

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