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Song Stories

“Romance”

Wild Flag | 2011

On “Romance,” this indie-rock supergroup, comprising members of Sleater-Kinney, Helium and the Minders, employs all their tools: raucous guitar riffs, background "gang: vocals, bouncy drum fills -- they’re all on display in this upbeat romp. "That’s why people call them 'power trios,' because everything’s firing at once,” Carrie Brownstein said. "It really helps the dynamic, and I think it helps songs build, and it allows them to deconstruct in the middle of the song, too.”

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“Bleeding Love”

Leona Lewis | 2007

In 2008, The X Factor winner Leona Lewis backed up her U.K. singing competition victory with an R&B anthem for the ages: "Bleeding Love," an international hit that became the best-selling song of the year. The track was co-penned by OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder (whose radio dominance would continue with songs such as Beyonce's "Halo" and Adele's "Rumour Has It") and solo artist Jesse McCartney, who was inspired by a former girlfriend, Gossip Girl actress Katie Cassidy. Given the song's success, McCartney didn't regret handing over such a personal track: "No, no," he said. "I'm so happy for Leona. She deserves it. There are really no bad feelings."

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