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“Satellite”

The Kills | 2011

Kills guitarist Jamie Hince was inspired to write "Satellite" after a frustrating phone conversation he had with his girlfriend, supermodel Kate Moss. "I was on tour and the signal kept going," he recalled. “I kept losing her. It turned into a daydream about the universe and vibrations, and how a voice can go from one side of the planet to the other via satellite -- and it's all vibrations." The song is on the duo’s fourth album, “Blood Pressure," which is the first project for which Hince and bandmate Alison Mosshart chose to not write every song together.

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“Love Is the Answer”

Utopia | 1977

The message of the Beatles' "All You Need Is Love" proved to be a universal and long-lasting one, which Utopia revisited 10 years later on this ballad. "From a lyrical standpoint, it's part of a whole class of songs that I write, which are about filial love," Todd Rundgren explained. "I'm not a Christian, but it's called Christian love, the love that people are supposed to naturally feel because we are all of the same species. That may be mythical, but it's still a subject." Though "Love Is the Answer" wasn't a hit, a cover version two years later by England Dan & John Ford Coley peaked at Number Ten on the Billboard singles chart.

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