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Song Stories

“Saturday in the Park”

Chicago | 1972

New York City's Central Park on a bright summer day can be a magical place. And on "Saturday in the Park," Chicago singer-keyboardist-songwriter Robert Lamm preserved this sentiment in song. "I was rooming with him, and we were in Manhattan on the Fourth of July," saxophonist Walter Parazaider recalled. "Robert came back to the hotel from Central Park very excited after seeing the steel drum players, singers, dancers and jugglers. I said, 'Man, it's time to put music to this!'"

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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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