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Song Stories

“Moab”

Conor Oberst | 2008

Who hasn’t wanted to hit the road at one point to try and flee our problems? Conor Oberst certainly has, as he proclaims in this look at how a road trip can cure whatever ails you. This track from the Bright Eyes frontman's self-titled solo album is named after a resort town in Utah known for its breathtaking vistas. "So many people swear off their hometown and think they're never going back and they find themselves back there," he said, referring to his lyrics "That's someone going back/To a town they said they'd never/Yeah, they swore it on their lives."

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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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