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Song Stories

“Jump in the Pool”

Friendly Fires | 2008

Off the U.K. group's debut record, the dance-rock song with heavy drums was influenced by rhythmic South Americans. "When we wrote "Jump in The Pool," we were watching footage of all these Peruvian dancers shaking their feathers with all these drums," Edd Gibson, the band's lead guitarist, said. "We found it very inspiring and decided to capture a bit of that." It was one of the last songs they wrote for the record and it's where lead singer Ed Macfarlane said that "the Friendly Fires sound started to bubble up."

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“Bleeding Love”

Leona Lewis | 2007

In 2008, The X Factor winner Leona Lewis backed up her U.K. singing competition victory with an R&B anthem for the ages: "Bleeding Love," an international hit that became the best-selling song of the year. The track was co-penned by OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder (whose radio dominance would continue with songs such as Beyonce's "Halo" and Adele's "Rumour Has It") and solo artist Jesse McCartney, who was inspired by a former girlfriend, Gossip Girl actress Katie Cassidy. Given the song's success, McCartney didn't regret handing over such a personal track: "No, no," he said. "I'm so happy for Leona. She deserves it. There are really no bad feelings."

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