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“Love Is a Battlefield”

Pat Benatar | 1983

Songwriters Holly Knight and Mike Chapman were gathered at Chapman's house to write music when Pat Benatar called and asked Chapman if he could write a song for her. He agreed--as long as Knight could co-write it. After Knight came up with some chords, Knight remembers that Chapman said "Let's write something really, really weird on top of it. That'll make it special." As an example, Chapman free associated the words "love is a battlefield." Originally written as a ballad, the two were shocked to learn Benatar had turned it into a rebellious rocker.

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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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