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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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“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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