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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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“Bird on a Wire”

Leonard Cohen | 1969

While living on the Greek island of Hydra, Cohen was battling a lingering depression when his girlfriend handed him a guitar and suggested he play something. After spotting a bird on a telephone wire, Cohen wrote this prayer-like song of guilt. First recorded by Judy Collins, it would be performed numerous times by artists incuding Johnny Cash, Joe Cocker and Rita Coolidge. "I'm always knocked out when I hear my songs covered or used in some situation," Cohen told Rolling Stone. "I've never gotten over the fact that people out there like my music."

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