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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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“Nightshift”

The Commodores | 1984

The year after soul legends Marvin Gaye and Jackie Wilson died, songwriter Dennis Lambert asked members of the Commodores to give him a tape of ideas. "And the one from Walter Orange has this wonderful bass line," said co-writer Franne Golde. "Plus the lyric, 'Marvin, he was a friend of mine' ... Within 10 minutes, we had decided it should be something like a modern R&B version of 'Rock 'n' Roll Heaven,' and I just said, 'Nightshift.'" This tribute to the recently deceased musicians was the band's only hit without Lionel Richie, who had left for a solo career.

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