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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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“Stillness Is the Move”

Dirty Projectors | 2009

A Wim Wenders film and a rapper inspired the Dirty Projectors duo David Longstreth and Amber Coffmanto write "sort of a love song." "We rented the movie Wings of Desire from Dave's brother's recommendation, and he had me go through it and just write down some things that I found interesting, and they made it into the song," Coffman said. As for the hip-hop connection, Longstreth explained, "The beat is based on T-Pain. We commissioned a radio mix of the song by the guy who mixes all of Timbaland's records, but the mix we made sounded way better, so we didn't use it."

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