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“The Death of You and Me”

Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds | 2011

Noel Gallagher made his solo debut with this song about breaking free and escaping from all that will try and destroy you--seemingly a reaction to his break from Oasis and his chaotic relationship with his fromer band mate and brother, Liam. But Galagher denies an explicit connection between the song and his personal life, saying the tune is "A romantic song about...people escaping the surroundings they're in...and having a jolly good time and living happily ever after."

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“Wake Up Everybody”

John Legend and the Roots | 2010

A Number One record by Harold Melvin and the Bluenotes in 1976 (a McFadden- and Whitehead-penned classic sung by Teddy Pendergrass) inspired the title and lead single from Wake Up!, John Legend's tribute album to message music. The more familiar strains of "Wake Up Everybody" also fit his agenda. "It basically sums up, in a very concise way, all the things we were thinking about when we were putting this record together in that it's about justice, doing the right thing and coming together to make the world a better place," he said. Vocalists Common and Melanie Fiona assist Legend on this mission to connect.

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