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“Two Against One”

Danger Mouse and Daniele Luppi (feat. Jack White) | 2011

As Danger Mouse and Daniele Luppi were working on their Spaghetti Western-inspired project Rome, both the musician-producer and the Italian composer wanted Jack White to provide vocals. But there was one hitch: White rarely works with outside producers. Fortunately, he made an exception in this instance. The album features three tracks that pair White's vocals with Ennio Morricone-style backup singers, including the single "Two Against One." As Luppi said, "To have Jack's voice, which is really abrasive and strong over this elegant music, was a huge turn in the making of Rome."

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“Love Is the Answer”

Utopia | 1977

The message of the Beatles' "All You Need Is Love" proved to be a universal and long-lasting one, which Utopia revisited 10 years later on this ballad. "From a lyrical standpoint, it's part of a whole class of songs that I write, which are about filial love," Todd Rundgren explained. "I'm not a Christian, but it's called Christian love, the love that people are supposed to naturally feel because we are all of the same species. That may be mythical, but it's still a subject." Though "Love Is the Answer" wasn't a hit, a cover version two years later by England Dan & John Ford Coley peaked at Number Ten on the Billboard singles chart.

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