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“Tired of Being Alone”

Al Green | 1971

Green recorded mostly cover songs before he wrote this sexy soul ballad. "I wanted to find something that was soft, that was comfortable…but soulful," he told Rolling Stone. While producer Willie Mitchell wanted more covers, some were saying Green--who had a hit with a cover titled "Back Up Train" three years earlier--was a one-hit wonder. "Finally, I sat down and wrote to myself. I wrote 'Tired of Being Alone,' and that's what got us going."

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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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