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“Our Love ”

Natalie Cole | 1977

The daughter of pop-jazz vocal legend Nat King Cole, Natalie Cole spent the early years of her career singing light R&B before transitioning into a smooth brand of jazz in the late Eighties. This song from her third album, Thankful, was written by the production team of Chuck Jackson and Marvin Yancy (the latter was married to Cole at the time). "Marvin just sat down at the piano and started playing something and he told me to sing," Cole says of her first meeting with the songwriters. "Chuck would give me some lyrics that I'd sing — and Marvin and I just went into another zone completely."

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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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