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“Let It Go”

Keyshia Cole | 2007

Co-written and produced by Missy Elliott, "Let It Go" was originally intended for the singer Fantasia, not Keyshia. But when Fantasia had to bump the song off her project, Keyshia was quick to snatch it up. "I tried to hurry up past it cause I felt Keyshia wouldn't want it," Elliott explained. "I really didn't know what kind of direction she wanted to go in. But as soon as the chords came on she was like, 'Wait-wait-wait stop! Stop!'" Elliott also raps on the track, along with Lil' Kim.

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“Bird on a Wire”

Leonard Cohen | 1969

While living on the Greek island of Hydra, Cohen was battling a lingering depression when his girlfriend handed him a guitar and suggested he play something. After spotting a bird on a telephone wire, Cohen wrote this prayer-like song of guilt. First recorded by Judy Collins, it would be performed numerous times by artists incuding Johnny Cash, Joe Cocker and Rita Coolidge. "I'm always knocked out when I hear my songs covered or used in some situation," Cohen told Rolling Stone. "I've never gotten over the fact that people out there like my music."

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