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“Takin' Care of Business”

Bachman-Turner Overdrive | 1974

The members of BTO were working on this anthem for the working class when a pianist and composer named Norman Durkee stuck his head in the studio and said, unsolicited, "I think that song needs a little bit of piano on it to lift it up," according to BTO singer Fred Turner. When guitarist Randy Bachman asked Durkee what he would do, the musician, who had been at the studio working for someone else, suggested a Little Richard-like groove, then proceeded to compose the intro on a pizza box before recording it. "He walked into the studio and knocked it off in one take," Turner said.

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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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