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“King of Anything”

Sara Bareilles | 2010

Sara Bareilles found the silver lining in an otherwise dark cloud, which inspired her to pen this song. Angered by all the people who were trying to steer her personal and professional career, the singer-songwriter turned her frustration into a Top 10 hit. "I've had more unsolicited advice on my life than I care to mention, and this was how I dealt with it," she shared. "It felt empowering to turn that frustration into music, especially a song that doesn't even sound angry." The song earned her a Grammy nomination, as well, for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.

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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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