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“Sheena Is a Punk Rocker”

The Ramones | 1977

Written by Joey Ramone, this song is one of the few Ramones tunes that achieved even a tiny bit of U.S. chart success, and may or may not be the impetus for a name craze that surged in the late Seventies. "I combined Sheena, Queen of the Jungle with the primalness of punk rock," Joey told Rolling Stone. "It was funny, because all the girls changed their names to Sheena after that."

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“Road to Nowhere”

Talking Heads | 1985

A cappella harmonies give way to an a fuller arrangement blending pop and electro-disco on "Road to Nowhere," but the theme remains constant: We're on an eternal journey to an undefined destination. The song vaulted back into the news a quarter century after it was a hit when Gov. Charlie Crist used it in his unsuccessful 2010 campaign for the U.S. Senate in Florida. "It's this little ditty about how there's no order and no plan and no scheme to life and death and it doesn't mean anything, but it's all right," Byrne said with a chuckle.

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