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“Mama's Broken Heart”

Miranda Lambert | 2011

Miranda Lambert included this song on her critically acclaimed and commercially successful album Four the Record. Even though Lambert wrote six of the fourteen tracks on the CD, she didn't pen this one but acknowledges it fit her perfectly. "The reason I love this song is because it's about how sometimes when you get your heart broken, you kinda go a little bit crazy," she admitted. "You drink too much, you smoke too much, you cut your hair ... you find a rebound. Sometimes your mama, if she's like my mama, has to slap you around and say, 'Straighten up, girl!'"

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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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