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“Need You Tonight”

INXS | 1987

Singer Michael Hutchence wrote the lyrics for what would be the Aussie band's lone U.S. chart-topper in a Hong Kong hotel room the night before the arrival of keyboard player/songwriting partner Andrew Farriss, who came up with some music in the cab on the way to the airport. When they hooked up, Farriss played a tape of what he'd just composed for Hutchence, who pulled out his lyrics and started singing along. "It stopped at the end, and it was exactly how you hear it on the record," Hutchence noted. They were both stunned at this improbably perfect match, as Hutchence sang "I'm lonely" over Farriss' final note.

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“Love Is the Answer”

Utopia | 1977

The message of the Beatles' "All You Need Is Love" proved to be a universal and long-lasting one, which Utopia revisited 10 years later on this ballad. "From a lyrical standpoint, it's part of a whole class of songs that I write, which are about filial love," Todd Rundgren explained. "I'm not a Christian, but it's called Christian love, the love that people are supposed to naturally feel because we are all of the same species. That may be mythical, but it's still a subject." Though "Love Is the Answer" wasn't a hit, a cover version two years later by England Dan & John Ford Coley peaked at Number Ten on the Billboard singles chart.

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