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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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“Bleeding Love”

Leona Lewis | 2007

In 2008, The X Factor winner Leona Lewis backed up her U.K. singing competition victory with an R&B anthem for the ages: "Bleeding Love," an international hit that became the best-selling song of the year. The track was co-penned by OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder (whose radio dominance would continue with songs such as Beyonce's "Halo" and Adele's "Rumour Has It") and solo artist Jesse McCartney, who was inspired by a former girlfriend, Gossip Girl actress Katie Cassidy. Given the song's success, McCartney didn't regret handing over such a personal track: "No, no," he said. "I'm so happy for Leona. She deserves it. There are really no bad feelings."

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