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“The Zoo”

Scorpions | 1980

Certainly the Scorpions weren't the first to refer to New York City's 42nd Street as a zoo, but they did turn their experiences walking through the city into this metal hit about craving the nightlife and finding it on the streets. The song became one of their trademark tracks and was covered by fellow metal hero Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson. All Music called the song a Scorpions "classic."

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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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