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“Rhiannon (Will You Ever Win)”

Fleetwood Mac | 1975

After reading a novel about a Welsh witch named Rhiannon, Stevie Nicks not only wrote this song but she also altered her stage persona, taking to wearing black outfits with chiffon lace. "I see her as a good witch. Very positive," Nicks told Rolling Stone of the song's protagonist. "I sink into that whole trip when I'm onstage." Later, as people began to believe Nicks was a sorceress herself, she stopped wearing black for about three years. "I was freaked out that somebody would come and kidnap me because I was a witch," she said.

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“Vans”

The Pack | 2006

Berkeley, California rappers the Pack made their footwear choice clear in 2006 with the song "Vans." The track caught the attention of Too $hort, who signed them to his imprint. MTV refused to play the video for the song, though, claiming it was essentially a commercial for the product. Rapper Lil' B disagreed. "I didn’t know nobody [at] Vans," he said. "I was just a rapper who wore Vans." Even without MTV's support, Lil' B recognized the impact of the track. "God blessed me with such a revolutionary song… People around my age know who really started a lot of the dressing people are into now."

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