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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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“Love Is the Answer”

Utopia | 1977

The message of the Beatles' "All You Need Is Love" proved to be a universal and long-lasting one, which Utopia revisited 10 years later on this ballad. "From a lyrical standpoint, it's part of a whole class of songs that I write, which are about filial love," Todd Rundgren explained. "I'm not a Christian, but it's called Christian love, the love that people are supposed to naturally feel because we are all of the same species. That may be mythical, but it's still a subject." Though "Love Is the Answer" wasn't a hit, a cover version two years later by England Dan & John Ford Coley peaked at Number Ten on the Billboard singles chart.

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