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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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“Long Walk Home”

Bruce Springsteen | 2007

When the subject of this mournful song returns home, he hardly recognizes his town. Springsteen told Rolling Stone the alienation the man feels is a metaphor for life in a politically altered post-9/11 America. “Who would have ever thought we’d live in a country without habeas corpus?” he said. “That’s Orwellian. That’s what political hysteria is about and how effective it is. I felt it in myself. You get frightened for your family, for your home. And you realize how countries can move way off course, very far from democratic ideals.”

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