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“Written in Reverse”

Spoon | 2010

When Spoon's frontman Britt Daniel was penning "Written in Reverse," he had a bad feeling. "The idea behind it was to write a kiss-off letter before I fell in love and got jerked around," he said. "Because I could see in the early stages of a would-be romance that that was exactly what would have happened." The song was the first single off their seventh album, Transference, which is the first to be recorded (in part) at Daniel's Portland, Oregon, home.

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“Love Is the Answer”

Utopia | 1977

The message of the Beatles' "All You Need Is Love" proved to be a universal and long-lasting one, which Utopia revisited 10 years later on this ballad. "From a lyrical standpoint, it's part of a whole class of songs that I write, which are about filial love," Todd Rundgren explained. "I'm not a Christian, but it's called Christian love, the love that people are supposed to naturally feel because we are all of the same species. That may be mythical, but it's still a subject." Though "Love Is the Answer" wasn't a hit, a cover version two years later by England Dan & John Ford Coley peaked at Number Ten on the Billboard singles chart.

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