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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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“Bleeding Love”

Leona Lewis | 2007

In 2008, The X Factor winner Leona Lewis backed up her U.K. singing competition victory with an R&B anthem for the ages: "Bleeding Love," an international hit that became the best-selling song of the year. The track was co-penned by OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder (whose radio dominance would continue with songs such as Beyonce's "Halo" and Adele's "Rumour Has It") and solo artist Jesse McCartney, who was inspired by a former girlfriend, Gossip Girl actress Katie Cassidy. Given the song's success, McCartney didn't regret handing over such a personal track: "No, no," he said. "I'm so happy for Leona. She deserves it. There are really no bad feelings."

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