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“Upside Down”

Diana Ross | 1980

After an absence of almost five years from the Top Ten, Diana Ross reasserted her superstardom with a vengeance on the chart-topping "Upside Down," whose irregular thumping rhythms and lusty vocals bridged funk and disco. The track was written and produced by Bernard Edwards and Nile Rodgers of Chic, though Ross had the album from which it came remixed to make her vocals more prominent. "I was furious and got on the phone right away and called Motown," Rodgers said. "Then I had to say, 'Hey! I know where they're coming from. I understand what they're doing.'"

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“Stillness Is the Move”

Dirty Projectors | 2009

A Wim Wenders film and a rapper inspired the Dirty Projectors duo David Longstreth and Amber Coffmanto write "sort of a love song." "We rented the movie Wings of Desire from Dave's brother's recommendation, and he had me go through it and just write down some things that I found interesting, and they made it into the song," Coffman said. As for the hip-hop connection, Longstreth explained, "The beat is based on T-Pain. We commissioned a radio mix of the song by the guy who mixes all of Timbaland's records, but the mix we made sounded way better, so we didn't use it."

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