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“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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“Vans”

The Pack | 2006

Berkeley, California rappers the Pack made their footwear choice clear in 2006 with the song "Vans." The track caught the attention of Too $hort, who signed them to his imprint. MTV refused to play the video for the song, though, claiming it was essentially a commercial for the product. Rapper Lil' B disagreed. "I didn’t know nobody [at] Vans," he said. "I was just a rapper who wore Vans." Even without MTV's support, Lil' B recognized the impact of the track. "God blessed me with such a revolutionary song… People around my age know who really started a lot of the dressing people are into now."

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