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“The Twist”

Chubby Checker | 1960

The ultimate dance craze song, "The Twist" went to the top of the charts in 1960 and again at the beginning of 1962 when it caught on with the socialites, becoming the only song to top the charts twice in separate runs. The song was written and first performed by Hank Ballard, but Chubby Checker ended up playing it on American Bandstand because Ballard was unavailable. The rest, they say, is history. "Going crazy is what I was looking for – where the music is so good you lose control," Checker said. "'The Twist' did that."

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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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