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Song Stories

“Wish You Were Here”

Avril Lavigne | 2011

During a concert in Winnipeg, Manitoba, the Canadian rocker told her audience that "Wish You Were Here" was about missing someone. "It's something we all go through in our lives," she added. While many fans assumed this regretful song was about her recent divorce from Sum 41's Deryck Whibley, who produced half of her Goodbye Lullaby album, Lavigne told Rolling Stone the songs on Lullaby were not breakup tunes. "People will make assumptions, but they'd be surprised what certain songs are about," she said. Still, this song's vulnerability marked new territory for the normally feisty pop-punker.

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“Vans”

The Pack | 2006

Berkeley, California rappers the Pack made their footwear choice clear in 2006 with the song "Vans." The track caught the attention of Too $hort, who signed them to his imprint. MTV refused to play the video for the song, though, claiming it was essentially a commercial for the product. Rapper Lil' B disagreed. "I didn’t know nobody [at] Vans," he said. "I was just a rapper who wore Vans." Even without MTV's support, Lil' B recognized the impact of the track. "God blessed me with such a revolutionary song… People around my age know who really started a lot of the dressing people are into now."

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