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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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“Wake Up Everybody”

John Legend and the Roots | 2010

A Number One record by Harold Melvin and the Bluenotes in 1976 (a McFadden- and Whitehead-penned classic sung by Teddy Pendergrass) inspired the title and lead single from Wake Up!, John Legend's tribute album to message music. The more familiar strains of "Wake Up Everybody" also fit his agenda. "It basically sums up, in a very concise way, all the things we were thinking about when we were putting this record together in that it's about justice, doing the right thing and coming together to make the world a better place," he said. Vocalists Common and Melanie Fiona assist Legend on this mission to connect.

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