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“Just Like Heaven”

The Cure | 1987

Although the track was the Cure’s 11th Top 40 hit in their native United Kingdom, it was the alt-rock band’s first in the United States, reaching just Number 40 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The whimsical lyrics and lilting melody were inspired by a seaside trip singer Robert Smith took with his then-future wife, recollecting a dreamy romantic rendezvous. Smith once admitted to Rolling Stone that “when I find someone I like, I try to hold on to them” — a truism underscored by the fact he’s been with the sweetheart he’s singing about since he was 15.

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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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