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“You Make Me Feel…”

Cobra Starship | 2011

Cobra Starship's Gabe Saporta told Rolling Stone that this chart-topping dance-hall anthem spared his band from becoming a one-hit wonder. On their second, post-"Snakes on a Plane" hit, the emo-poppers recruited pop diva Sabi to trade lyrics with the frontman about maybe hooking up: Saporta declares he's been looking for her his whole life, and she seems game. But, according to Saporta, the song is really about "trying to find someone who is always eluding you." For him, that someone is the girl who calls herself the "baddest baby in the atmosphere."

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“Santa Monica”

Everclear | 1996

After his brother and girlfriend both died of drug overdoses, Art Alexakis -- depressed and hooked on drugs himself -- jumped off the Santa Monica Pier in California, determined to die. "It was really stupid," said the Everclear frontman, who would further explore his personal emotional journey in the song "Father of Mine." "I went under the water. Then I said, 'I don't wanna die.'" The song, declaring "Let's swim out past the breakers/and watch the world die," was intended as a manifesto for change, Alexakis said. "Let the world do what it's gonna do and just live on our own."

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