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“Let's Go Trippin'”

Dick Dale | 1961

Though other surf songs would be more commercially successful, this track -- considered the first surf instrumental -- was actually inspired by the waves, as Dick Dale sought to parlay the feeling he had surfing onto tape. Yet Dale, who has bragged of causing 48 amps to explode, said the recording could never match his blistering live version. "When I heard 'Let's Go Trippin,' and all of those songs, I smashed the record against the wall," he said. "I never would play it at home because it wasn't the way I sound on stage."

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“Road to Nowhere”

Talking Heads | 1985

A cappella harmonies give way to an a fuller arrangement blending pop and electro-disco on "Road to Nowhere," but the theme remains constant: We're on an eternal journey to an undefined destination. The song vaulted back into the news a quarter century after it was a hit when Gov. Charlie Crist used it in his unsuccessful 2010 campaign for the U.S. Senate in Florida. "It's this little ditty about how there's no order and no plan and no scheme to life and death and it doesn't mean anything, but it's all right," Byrne said with a chuckle.

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