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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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“Hungry Like the Wolf”

Duran Duran | 1982

This indulgent New Romantic group generated their first U.S. hit with the help of what was at the time new technology. "Simon [Le Bon] and I, I think, had been out the night before and had this terrible hangover," said keyboardist Nick Rhodes. "For some reason we were feeling guilty about it and decided to go and do some work." Rhodes started playing with his Jupiter-8 synth, and then "Simon had an idea for a lyric, and by lunchtime when everyone else turned up, we pretty much had the song." The Simmons drumbeat was equally important to the sound of "Hungry Like the Wolf," as Duran Duran drummer Roger Taylor stated it "kind of defined the drum sound for the Eighties."

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