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The Chantels | 1957

A doo-wop ballad with passionate gospel-flavored vocals by 15-year-old Arlene Smith, "Maybe" has in retrospect been regarded as one of the first hit records with trademarks of the girl-group sound. The composition was credited to songwriter, producer and singer Richard Barrett, who plays piano on the record for good measure; he also wrote and recorded the original version of "Some Other Guy," later performed by the Beatles on the BBC. Though the Chantels did not benefit from much promotion, according to Smith, "'Maybe' became popular because Dick Clark got involved, so it went national."

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Dirty Projectors | 2009

A Wim Wenders film and a rapper inspired the Dirty Projectors duo David Longstreth and Amber Coffmanto write "sort of a love song." "We rented the movie Wings of Desire from Dave's brother's recommendation, and he had me go through it and just write down some things that I found interesting, and they made it into the song," Coffman said. As for the hip-hop connection, Longstreth explained, "The beat is based on T-Pain. We commissioned a radio mix of the song by the guy who mixes all of Timbaland's records, but the mix we made sounded way better, so we didn't use it."

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