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Song Stories

“What You Want”

Evanescence | 2011

After taking a well-deserved break from music to enjoy married life, Amy Lee reconvened with her bandmates to write the follow-up to 2007 The Open Door. What became the title track and first single from their third album was written with bassist Tim McCord and guitarist Terry Balsamo at Lee's house in New York. "I was just doodling around on the piano and the guys were like, 'Do that. Whatever you just did, that's an awesome melody,'" she said, adding that the song is about freedom. Beck's father, David Campbell, did the string arrangement.

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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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