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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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“Fantasy”

Mariah Carey | 1995

Serendipity stuck when Mariah Carey rediscovered the glitchy Tom Tom Club hook, a sample of which is the heart of this upbeat slice of dance pop. "I had the melody idea for 'Fantasy' and I was listening to the radio and heard 'Genius of Love,' and I hadn't heard it in a long time," Carey said. "It reminded me of growing up and listening to the radio and that feeling the song gave me seemed to go with the melody and basic idea I had for 'Fantasy.' I initially told [co-writer] Dave Hall about the idea, and we did it. We called up the Tom Tom Club and they were really into it."

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