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“Shake It Out”

Florence and the Machine | 2011

Forget about the "hair of the dog." Florence Welch has a way better cure for your hangover in this track she wrote while looking for a remedy for the night before. As she said when the song premiered last year, "I wanted to just shake something out, shake out these regrets, shake out these things that haunt you. It was one of those songs that came in about half an hour and when you've got a hangover, it is almost like a hangover cure." It's also been a major step forward for her career. "Florence Welch continues her superhero morph from arty rocker to pop diva with this mighty single," Rolling Stone wrote of "Shake It Out."

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“San Francisco Mabel Joy”

Mickey Newbury | 1969

A country-folk song of epic proportions, "San Francisco Mabel Joy" tells the tale of a poor Georgia farmboy who wound up in prison after a move to the Bay Area found love turning into tragedy. First released by Mickey Newbury in 1969, it might be more familiar through covers by Waylon Jennings, Joan Baez and Kenny Rogers. "It was a five-minute song written in a two-minute world," Newbury said. "I was told it would never be cut by any artist ... I was told you could not use the term 'redneck' in a song and get it recorded."

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