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“Livin' on a Prayer”

Bon Jovi | 1987

A grim melody, thumping drums, and squealing guitar set the mood for Bon Jovi's earnest tale of a down-on-their luck couple determined not to give up on their dream. One of more than 35 songs considered for their Slippery When Wet album, it almost didn't make it onto the record, let alone become a #1 single. Admitted Jon Bon Jovi to The Denver Post, "When we wrote 'Livin' on a Prayer,' I said to Richie (Sambora), 'Maybe we can get this on a soundtrack or something,' because I never thought it was right for the band."

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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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