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“Rule Breaker”

Ashlee Simpson | 2008

This song was Ashlee Simpson's sttempt to channel her inner bad girl. She explained that she wanted “to capture that bada-- feeling you get sometimes after watching a movie like True Romance. You think you can take on the world and you want to color outside the lines and get a tattoo or mouth off to someone way bigger than you,” she said. Simpson originally planned to call the album "Rule Breaker" is on Color Outside the Lines after a line in the song before deciding on Bittersweet World instead.

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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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