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“Zero”

Yeah Yeah Yeahs | 2009

The trio didn't make music for those who wanted to stand there with their arms crossed – they wanted to instigate responses. "You wanted to just smack them, you know? Break a beer bottle over their head, to wake 'em up and make them feel something, and that's still what we want to do now," frontwoman Karen O. said about handling indifferent fans. "We want to shake the unshakable, to stir things up, and that's a lot of the spirit of "Zero"; it's like 'Come on man! Come on! Just feel something, escape, whatever, whatever the emotion is just feel it!'"

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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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