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“Makes Me Wonder”

Maroon 5 | 2007

“Makes Me Wonder” became an international hit for Maroon 5, but Adam Levine wrote this song specifically to respond to what he felt like was a political crisis in America, especially in regard to the war in Iraq. "The chorus is very much about confusion,'' the Maroon 5 lead singer said. "There is so much going on in America at the moment. I hope we [the U.S.] can dig ourselves out of this hole. There's a bunch of confusion going on in the world."

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“Vans”

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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