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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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“Bleeding Love”

Leona Lewis | 2007

In 2008, The X Factor winner Leona Lewis backed up her U.K. singing competition victory with an R&B anthem for the ages: "Bleeding Love," an international hit that became the best-selling song of the year. The track was co-penned by OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder (whose radio dominance would continue with songs such as Beyonce's "Halo" and Adele's "Rumour Has It") and solo artist Jesse McCartney, who was inspired by a former girlfriend, Gossip Girl actress Katie Cassidy. Given the song's success, McCartney didn't regret handing over such a personal track: "No, no," he said. "I'm so happy for Leona. She deserves it. There are really no bad feelings."

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