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“Love Me Do”

The Beatles | 1964

One of the first songs that Paul McCartney and John Lennon ever wrote together was "Love Me Do." As McCartney recounted in The Beatles Anthology book, "We did 'Love Me Do' and 'I Saw Her Standing There' and got the basis of a partnership going. One of us would come up with an idea and then it would seesaw. So there was a mild competitiveness in that we were ricocheting our ideas." "Love Me Do" was the Beatles' first-ever single, released on October 5, 1962 in England (with Ringo Starr on drums), and nearly a year and a half later Stateside (with Andy White on drums).

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“Vicious”

Lou Reed | 1972

Opening Lou Reed's 1972 solo album, the hard-riffing "Vicious" actually traces its origin back to Reed's days with the Velvet Underground. Picking up bits and pieces of songs from the people and places around him, and filing his notes for later use, Reed said it was Andy Warhol who provided fuel for the song. "He said, 'Why don't you write a song called 'Vicious,'" Reed told Rolling Stone in 1989. "And I said, 'What kind of vicious?' 'Oh, you know, vicious like I hit you with a flower.' And I wrote it down literally."

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