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Lenny Kravitz, 'Strut'
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35. Lenny Kravitz, 'Strut'

He may keep homes in Paris and the Bahamas, but Kravitz has never stopped being a New Yorker. Strut looks back on the 1970s metropolis of his youth with funky after-hours grooves and soulful hooks. "New York City" is the best tune Mick Jagger didn't get around to writing in his Studio 54 days.

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