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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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“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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