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“Start Me Up”

The Rolling Stones | 1981

Introduced by one the Rolling Stones' signature fuzzy chord riffs, "Start Me Up" rode a leeringly enthusiastic, ready-for-anything Mick Jagger vocal to become the band's biggest hit of the 1980s. It started as a reggae song way back in 1975, getting reworked into a rocker at the Some Girls sessions before finding a place on 1981's Tattoo You. "When they started playing it this time, it wasn't a reggae song, it was what we know today as the great 'Start Me Up,'" said Some Girls engineer Chris Kimsey in Keith Richards's autobiography Life. "It was Keith's song; he just changed it."

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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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