The title track to Gaslight Anthem's 2008 breakthrough album, "The '59 Sound" is a tribute to a dead friend, hooked to the Jersey band's signature Springsteen-goes-hardcore sound. Nostalgia courses through the lyrics, which are stuffed with references to radios and favorite songs, and the title comes from singer Brian Fallon's love for classic rock and soul. "I once built a 1959 Fender Bassman amp – the same kind that Carl Perkins used, that Elvis' guitar player used. Springsteen used one in the younger days," Fallon told Rolling Stone. "So [the title] was a reference to both that amplifier and that music."
Adele included this song, which she wrote with veteran songwriter and producer Ryan Tedder, on her second album, 21. The singer admits that the tune was her own way of responding to people in her inner circle who fell prey to the stories and lies that began to circulate about her all over the media when she became a household name. “People might think it's about blogs and magazines and papers, but it's not,” she said. “It's about my own friends believing stuff that they hear about me, which is pretty mortifying, really.”