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“Stand”

Lenny Kravitz | 2011

This song's encouraging lyrics -- "Don't give up ... /You'll get on your feet again" -- apply to anyone facing adversity. However, Kravitz said, it was actually written for a specific person: a friend who had been paralyzed in an accident. "I wasn't in the country at the time with the person, and I wanted to give the person some positive words and something to just continue to listen to to help motivate them," Kravitz said. "And now, happily, a year and something later, that person is on their feet again, which is a blessing."

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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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