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“Stand Back”

Stevie Nicks | 1983

Stevie Nicks can thank Prince and a honeymoon drive for this hit single. Hitting the road with her then-husband, Kim Anderson, to embark upon their honeymoon, Nicks heard "Little Red Corvette" on the radio, and immediately came up with the idea for "Stand Back." "I start singing all these words, and I'm like, 'Pull over, we have to get a cassette player! And we have to record this!'" Nicks recalled. Not only did Nicks give Prince half of the royalties for the inspiration for the song, he also played on the track.

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“Vicious”

Lou Reed | 1972

Opening Lou Reed's 1972 solo album, the hard-riffing "Vicious" actually traces its origin back to Reed's days with the Velvet Underground. Picking up bits and pieces of songs from the people and places around him, and filing his notes for later use, Reed said it was Andy Warhol who provided fuel for the song. "He said, 'Why don't you write a song called 'Vicious,'" Reed told Rolling Stone in 1989. "And I said, 'What kind of vicious?' 'Oh, you know, vicious like I hit you with a flower.' And I wrote it down literally."

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