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“Street Fighting Man”

The Rolling Stones | 1968

Mick Jagger's reaction to watching police tangling with anti-war protesters outside the U.S. Embassy in London helped form the lyrics to the Rolling Stones' edgy rocker "Street Fighting Man," a song that had actually first taken shape with different lyrics and titled as "Did Everyone Pay Their Dues?" In a 1995 Rolling Stone interview, Jagger also cited riots in France and the U.S. as inspiration. "I thought it was a very good thing at the time," he observed. "There was all this violence going on. I mean, they almost toppled the government in France."

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“Hungry Like the Wolf”

Duran Duran | 1982

This indulgent New Romantic group generated their first U.S. hit with the help of what was at the time new technology. "Simon [Le Bon] and I, I think, had been out the night before and had this terrible hangover," said keyboardist Nick Rhodes. "For some reason we were feeling guilty about it and decided to go and do some work." Rhodes started playing with his Jupiter-8 synth, and then "Simon had an idea for a lyric, and by lunchtime when everyone else turned up, we pretty much had the song." The Simmons drumbeat was equally important to the sound of "Hungry Like the Wolf," as Duran Duran drummer Roger Taylor stated it "kind of defined the drum sound for the Eighties."

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