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“Nick of Time”

Bonnie Raitt | 1989

The title song of Bonnie Raitt's huge hit 1989 album sympathetically details the pain many women feel of running out of time for both having children and finding love. Though it wasn't a huge hit single, the track won a Grammy award for Raitt as the best female vocal pop performance of the year. When it was cited in a Rolling Stone interview as a song that made a big impact and asked why she didn't write more, Raitt responded, "It's a combination of a lack of confidence, lack of trying and having really high standards."

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“Road to Nowhere”

Talking Heads | 1985

A cappella harmonies give way to an a fuller arrangement blending pop and electro-disco on "Road to Nowhere," but the theme remains constant: We're on an eternal journey to an undefined destination. The song vaulted back into the news a quarter century after it was a hit when Gov. Charlie Crist used it in his unsuccessful 2010 campaign for the U.S. Senate in Florida. "It's this little ditty about how there's no order and no plan and no scheme to life and death and it doesn't mean anything, but it's all right," Byrne said with a chuckle.

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