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Ann Wilson Shares Her Favorite Songs About Being There for Someone

Heart singer chooses ballads by Peter Gabriel, Garbage, the Beatles, Led Zeppelin and the Stones

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Heart Singer Ann Wilson is touring this summer with Cheap Trick and Joan Jett.

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Heart, the sister duo who brought you "Break" and "Barracuda," are back with Beautiful Broken, out July 8th. The album includes a handful of songs that the band decided to re-record in a new way, including new versions of 1980's "Down on Me" and "Sweet Darlin'" and 1982's "City's Burning," as well as three new originals. For the "neo-punk" version of title track "Beautiful Broken," Metallica’s James Hetfield makes a rare guest appearance. Here, Ann Wilson chooses her favorite songs by other artists that speak to her.

"These are songs about talking directly to someone's spirit," says the Heart singer, who's touring this summer with Cheap Trick and Joan Jett. "They're all ballads."

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Peter Gabriel, “Don’t Give Up”

He did this as a duet with Kate Bush. It's a pure dialogue between two people that isn't ironic or sarcastic. It really hits me.

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Garbage, “Beloved Freak”

The message here is, "You aren't alone, and I love you, beloved freak." It's a song to the 20 percent of crazy people who recognize each other.

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The Beatles, “Across the Universe”

This is pure, open-soul Lennon. He'd found his spiritual center with Yoko. It's an amazing moment.

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The Rolling Stones, “Fool to Cry”

This one makes me melt because it's so simple and heart-rending. Even though they were drugged-out guys, they could still be vulnerable.

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Led Zeppelin, “The Rain Song”

My favorite Led Zeppelin song. It's beautiful and spiritual, and though it's long, there's nothing extra in it at all. It's timeless.

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