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“Stay (I Missed You)”

Lisa Loeb and Nine Stories | 1994

While living across the street from Ethan Hawke, Lisa Loeb became friends with the actor, who frequently attended Loeb's shows. During filming for Reality Bites, Hawke thought this cute-sounding song — written while Loeb was going through a breakup — would make a nice addition to the soundtrack. The film didn't fare so well, but the single became a surprise chartbuster for Loeb, who didn't even have a record deal at the time. "It was a shock," Loeb said. "I mean, it's always a dream come true to have success, to not worry about having a job and just be a musician."

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“Madame George”

Van Morrison | 1968

One of the first stream-of-consciousness epics to make it onto a Van Morrison record, his drawn-out farewell to the eccentric "Madame George" lasted nearly 10 minutes, combining ingredients from folk, jazz and classical music. The character that gave the song its title provoked speculation that it was about a drag queen, though Morrison denied this in Rolling Stone. "If you see it as a male or a female or whatever, it's your trip," he remarked. "I see it as a ... a Swiss cheese sandwich. Something like that."

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