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“My Sharona”

The Knack | 1979

It turns out that "My Sharona," one of the most iconic power pop tunes of its era and a Number One hit for the L.A.-based Knack, was inspired by the group's frontman, Doug Fieger, becoming smitten by a younger woman, who would eventually become his fiancée (alas, they never actually wed). As Fieger explained, "Sharona was 17. I was 25 when I wrote the song. But the song was written from the perspective of a 14-year-old boy. It's just an honest song about a 14-year-old boy."

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The Commodores | 1984

The year after soul legends Marvin Gaye and Jackie Wilson died, songwriter Dennis Lambert asked members of the Commodores to give him a tape of ideas. "And the one from Walter Orange has this wonderful bass line," said co-writer Franne Golde. "Plus the lyric, 'Marvin, he was a friend of mine' ... Within 10 minutes, we had decided it should be something like a modern R&B version of 'Rock 'n' Roll Heaven,' and I just said, 'Nightshift.'" This tribute to the recently deceased musicians was the band's only hit without Lionel Richie, who had left for a solo career.

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