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“Such Great Heights”

The Postal Service | 2003

In 2002, Ben Gibbard and Jimmy Tamborello entered into a long-distance musical relationship. The Death Cab For Cutie singer and the electronic music producer collaborated on an album from their respective cities, Seattle and L.A., forming the Postal Service. The electro-pop single "Such Great Heights" may sound like it could be a pensive love song, but for Gibbard, it was a departure from some of the more forlorn tunes he's written. "I think 'Such Great Heights' is the first time I've ever written a positive love song," he said, "where it's a song about being in love and how it's rad, rather than having your heart broken."

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“Bleeding Love”

Leona Lewis | 2007

In 2008, The X Factor winner Leona Lewis backed up her U.K. singing competition victory with an R&B anthem for the ages: "Bleeding Love," an international hit that became the best-selling song of the year. The track was co-penned by OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder (whose radio dominance would continue with songs such as Beyonce's "Halo" and Adele's "Rumour Has It") and solo artist Jesse McCartney, who was inspired by a former girlfriend, Gossip Girl actress Katie Cassidy. Given the song's success, McCartney didn't regret handing over such a personal track: "No, no," he said. "I'm so happy for Leona. She deserves it. There are really no bad feelings."

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