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“Pork and Beans”

Weezer | 2008

Lead singer Rivers Cuomo wrote this tune as an emotional reaction to a meeting with Weezer’s record label, Geffen, when they were asked to release more commercial-sounding tunes. "I came out of it pretty angry," Cuomo admitted to Rolling Stone. "But ironically, it inspired me to write another song." In a strange twist of fate, the song that was intended to be a defiant response to the record label's request ended up being one of the band's biggest hits, landing at the top of the charts.

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“Wake Up Everybody”

John Legend and the Roots | 2010

A Number One record by Harold Melvin and the Bluenotes in 1976 (a McFadden- and Whitehead-penned classic sung by Teddy Pendergrass) inspired the title and lead single from Wake Up!, John Legend's tribute album to message music. The more familiar strains of "Wake Up Everybody" also fit his agenda. "It basically sums up, in a very concise way, all the things we were thinking about when we were putting this record together in that it's about justice, doing the right thing and coming together to make the world a better place," he said. Vocalists Common and Melanie Fiona assist Legend on this mission to connect.

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