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“The End”

The Doors | 1967

A gentleman harboring an Oedipus complex was not a common theme in 1960s rock. But Jim Morrison was not your average lyricist, as evidenced by "The End." "It's about a man who inadvertently killed his father and married his mother," Morrison told Rolling Stone. "But to tell you the truth, every time I hear that song, it means something else to me. I really don't know what I was trying to say. It just started out as a simple goodbye song." "The End" would enjoy a second life in 1979 when it appeared in the opening and closing scenes of Francis Ford Coppola's Vietnam film Apocalypse Now.

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“Vans”

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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