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“Not Myself Tonight”

Christina Aguilera | 2010

"Not Myself Tonight" is the debut single from Christina Aguilera's fourth studio album, Bionic. The tune was intentionally different from anything she had previously recorded: "I was able to explore and create a fresh, sexy feel using both electronic and organic elements with subject matter ranging from playful to introspective," the singer explained. "It is something I don't think anyone will expect." The accompanying video was a direct homage to "Express Yourself" by Madonna, who Aguilera credits as being an inspiration.

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“Don't Dream It's Over”

Crowded House | 1986

Early in the sessions for Crowded House's debut album, the band and producer Mitchell Froom were still feeling each other out, and at one point Froom substituted session musicians for the band's Paul Hester and Nick Seymour. "At the time it was a quite threatening thing," Neil Finn told Rolling Stone. "The next day we recorded 'Don't Dream It's Over,' and it had a particularly sad groove to it — I think because Paul and Nick had faced their own mortality." As for the song itself, "It was just about on the one hand feeling kind of lost, and on the other hand sort of urging myself on — don't dream it's over," Finn explained.

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