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“Killing the Blues”

Robert Plant and Alison Krauss | 2007

Popularized by John Prine and also recorded by Shawn Colvin, as well as its original writer, Rowland Salley, "Kiling the Blues," with its laid-back melody and poetic verse, was cherry-picked by Robert Plant and Alison Krauss to be the linchpin of their collaborative project. "When you combine a melody that lifts you up with a lyric like that, it's a twisted thing," said Krauss. "When you get that combination that is really something."

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“Hungry Like the Wolf”

Duran Duran | 1982

This indulgent New Romantic group generated their first U.S. hit with the help of what was at the time new technology. "Simon [Le Bon] and I, I think, had been out the night before and had this terrible hangover," said keyboardist Nick Rhodes. "For some reason we were feeling guilty about it and decided to go and do some work." Rhodes started playing with his Jupiter-8 synth, and then "Simon had an idea for a lyric, and by lunchtime when everyone else turned up, we pretty much had the song." The Simmons drumbeat was equally important to the sound of "Hungry Like the Wolf," as Duran Duran drummer Roger Taylor stated it "kind of defined the drum sound for the Eighties."

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