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“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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“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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