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“Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go”

Wham! | 1984

An incessantly snappy pop-soul tune powered by handclaps, tambourine, female backup harmonies and an infectious chorus, "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" became one of the biggest hits of the mid-1980s. George Michael wrote the song based on a note posted over bandmate Andrew Ridgeley's bed. "I just wanted to make a really energetic pop record that had all the best elements of Fifties and Sixties records, combined with our attitude and approach, which is obviously more uptempo and a lot younger than some of those records," Michael explained in Rolling Stone.

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“Bizness”

Tune-Yards | 2011

The opening track to Merrill Garbus’ second album under the Tune-Yards banner (she also plays in the trio Sister Suvi), “Bizness” is a song about relationships that is as colorful as the face paint favored by Garbus both live and in her videos. Disjointed funk bass, skittering African beats, diced-and-sliced horns and Garbus’ dynamic voice, which ranges from playful coos to throat-shredding howls, make “Bizness” reminiscent of another creative medium. “I'd like for them not to be songs as much as quilts or collages or something,” Garbus said.

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