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Song Stories

“Marquee Moon”

Television | 1977

That Television knocked out this 10-minute punk masterpiece in a single take underscores the raw, warts-and-all New York 1970s underground aesthetic. In many ways, "Marquee Moon" was the anti-song: It ran long, it lacked a chorus, it defied melody and, perhaps most telling, it never charted. Yet Television captured a beauty, its anarchic structure built on Tom Verlaine and Richard Lloyd's dueling electric-guitar jangle. It was disciplined disorder, and drummer Billy Ficca assumed the band was only rehearsing. When producer Andy Johns suggested another take, Verlaine refused. "I said, 'Forget it,'" he told Rolling Stone.

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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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