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“Ridin'”

Chamillionaire | 2005

Chamillionaire's tour bus — featuring a large picture of his face on the side — was driving through Oklahoma when police pulled the driver over, then searched the bus using narcotics dogs. "They tore the bus apart," said Chamillionaire, noting that they found nothing. Although no arrests were made, he was still angered by the stop, so he wrote this song about police trying to catch him "ridin' dirty." "Somebody had to speak on it," he said. "There are cops who be racially profiling." Chamillionaire says he was honored by "Weird Al" Yankovic's parody version, "White and Nerdy."

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“Road to Nowhere”

Talking Heads | 1985

A cappella harmonies give way to an a fuller arrangement blending pop and electro-disco on "Road to Nowhere," but the theme remains constant: We're on an eternal journey to an undefined destination. The song vaulted back into the news a quarter century after it was a hit when Gov. Charlie Crist used it in his unsuccessful 2010 campaign for the U.S. Senate in Florida. "It's this little ditty about how there's no order and no plan and no scheme to life and death and it doesn't mean anything, but it's all right," Byrne said with a chuckle.

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