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“Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds”

The Beatles | 1967

It’s the quintessential Sixties acid song; the title’s words even spell out “L-S-D.” But John Lennon, who had always been candid about his use of mind-altering chemicals during the making of Sgt. Pepper, never relented from his claim that the song’s true and only inspiration was a picture his four-year-old son, Julian, painted of a classmate named Lucy O’Donnell. "I swear to God or swear to Mao or to anybody you like, I had no idea it spelled LSD," Lennon told Rolling Stone.

Find out what fellow British rock icon John Lennon singles out for praise in his final interview.
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“Hungry Like the Wolf”

Duran Duran | 1982

This indulgent New Romantic group generated their first U.S. hit with the help of what was at the time new technology. "Simon [Le Bon] and I, I think, had been out the night before and had this terrible hangover," said keyboardist Nick Rhodes. "For some reason we were feeling guilty about it and decided to go and do some work." Rhodes started playing with his Jupiter-8 synth, and then "Simon had an idea for a lyric, and by lunchtime when everyone else turned up, we pretty much had the song." The Simmons drumbeat was equally important to the sound of "Hungry Like the Wolf," as Duran Duran drummer Roger Taylor stated it "kind of defined the drum sound for the Eighties."

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