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“Think You Can Wait”

The National | 2011

The National's contribution to the soundtrack of the Paul Giamatti indie film Win Win was their first foray into composing music for the cinema. Matt Berninger saw the movie and came up with the lyrics with his wife. "Watching [Win Win] helped inspire the way the song was written," the National songwriter and lead singer said. "I mean, it isn't at all narrative to what happens in the movie -- we don't mention Paul Giamatti by name or anything ... It's about very normal and good people trying to do their best and the struggle to be good."

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“Vicious”

Lou Reed | 1972

Opening Lou Reed's 1972 solo album, the hard-riffing "Vicious" actually traces its origin back to Reed's days with the Velvet Underground. Picking up bits and pieces of songs from the people and places around him, and filing his notes for later use, Reed said it was Andy Warhol who provided fuel for the song. "He said, 'Why don't you write a song called 'Vicious,'" Reed told Rolling Stone in 1989. "And I said, 'What kind of vicious?' 'Oh, you know, vicious like I hit you with a flower.' And I wrote it down literally."

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