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“That's Entertainment”

The Jam | 1980

Paul Weller spins the mod take on the working man's blues in this list of the everyday realities that comprised life for both the blue-collar workers and restless adolescents in the U.K. circa 1980. Though never released as a British single during the Jam's lifetime, the song's realistic imagery resonated so deeply with listeners the song still reached the U.K. charts three separate times as an import or reissue. The secret to the songs powerful lyrics, according to Weller? "Coming home pissed from the pub and writing 'That's Entertainment' in 10 minutes," he said.

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The Pack | 2006

Berkeley, California rappers the Pack made their footwear choice clear in 2006 with the song "Vans." The track caught the attention of Too $hort, who signed them to his imprint. MTV refused to play the video for the song, though, claiming it was essentially a commercial for the product. Rapper Lil' B disagreed. "I didn’t know nobody [at] Vans," he said. "I was just a rapper who wore Vans." Even without MTV's support, Lil' B recognized the impact of the track. "God blessed me with such a revolutionary song… People around my age know who really started a lot of the dressing people are into now."

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