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“World Without Love”

Peter and Gordon | 1964

Contrary to its lyrics of utter despondency wishing to block out the world, "World Without Love" featured the melodic, upbeat harmony pop-rock typical of the British Invasion, though an organ took the solo instead of a guitar. This was the most popular song written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney not to have been recorded by the Beatles, topping the U.S. singles chart in 1964. "The funny first line always used to please John," joked McCartney. "'Please lock me away ...' 'Yes, okay.' End of song."

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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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