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“Time of the Season”

The Zombies | 1968

A breathy Colin Blunstone vocal, a typically haunting Zombies melody, adroit Rod Argent electric keyboards, and a lyric announcing the season for loving was at hand became the group's third and last big hit. By the time it made #3 in 1969, however, the band had broken up, a fake unauthorized Zombies touring the US in their absence. As he remembered in the liner notes to Time of the Zombies, Blunstone almost had Argent sing it when Rod asked him to change his vocal delivery, "but in the end, I did sing it, and I'm pretty glad I did."

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Mariah Carey | 1995

Serendipity stuck when Mariah Carey rediscovered the glitchy Tom Tom Club hook, a sample of which is the heart of this upbeat slice of dance pop. "I had the melody idea for 'Fantasy' and I was listening to the radio and heard 'Genius of Love,' and I hadn't heard it in a long time," Carey said. "It reminded me of growing up and listening to the radio and that feeling the song gave me seemed to go with the melody and basic idea I had for 'Fantasy.' I initially told [co-writer] Dave Hall about the idea, and we did it. We called up the Tom Tom Club and they were really into it."

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