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    Himno Nacional Mexicano

    Himno Nacional Mexicano

    • Composer: Jaime Nunó
    • Lyricist: Francisco González Bocanegra
    The "Mexican National Anthem" (Spanish: Himno Nacional Mexicano), also known as "Mexicans, at the cry of war" (Spanish: Mexicanos, al grito de guerra), is the national anthem of the United Mexican States. The anthem first started being used in 1854, although it was not officially adopted de jure until 1943. The lyrics of the national anthem, which allude to historical Mexican military victories in the heat of battle and including cries of defending the homeland, were composed by poet Francisco González Bocanegra in 1853. In 1854, Jaime Nunó composed the music which now accompanies González's poem. The anthem, consisting of ten stanzas and a chorus, effecitvely entered into use on September 16, 1854. On November 12, 1853, President Antonio López de Santa Anna announced a competition to write a national anthem for Mexico. The competition offered a prize for the best poetic composition representing patriotic ideals. Francisco González Bocanegra, a talented poet, was not interested in participating in the competition. He argued that writing love poems involved very different skills from the ones required to write a national anthem. His fiancée, Guadalupe González del Pino (or Pili),
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    Bitch

    Bitch

    • Recorded versions: Bitch
    "Bitch", also known as "Nothing In Between", is a song co-written and recorded by American artist Meredith Brooks. It was released in May 1997 as the lead single from her debut album Blurring the Edges. The song was co-written by Brooks and Shelly Peiken. Initially some radio stations preferred not to mention the song by name and would instead refer to it as "a song by Meredith Brooks". However, with time announcing its name on the air became more commonplace. Later different remixes of the song became popular in dance clubs. Brooks has stated in interviews that "Bitch" was nearly omitted from the album, reportedly because the song's strong language could have kept it from becoming a radio hit. The song steadily rose on the Billboard charts, eventually peaking at number 2. It debuted and peaked at number six on the UK Singles Chart on 27 July 1997 and stayed in the top ten for four weeks. The song was also a big hit in Oceania, where it reached number two in Australia and four in New Zealand. It ranked at number 79 on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of the '90s. A music video was released to promote the single. American comedy music group Raymond and Scum parodied the song as "Blair
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    Die Frau ohne Schatten

    Die Frau ohne Schatten

    • Composer: Richard Strauss
    Die Frau ohne Schatten (The Woman without a Shadow) is an opera in three acts by Richard Strauss with a libretto by his long-time collaborator, the poet Hugo von Hofmannsthal. It was written between 1911 and either 1915 or 1917. When it premiered in Vienna on 10 October 1919, critics and audiences were unenthusiastic (many cited problems with Hofmannsthal's complicated and heavily symbolic libretto), however it is now a standard part of the operatic repertoire. Work on the opera began in 1911. Hofmannsthal’s earliest sketches for the libretto are based on a piece by Goethe, “The Conversation of German Emigrants” (1795). Hofmannsthal handles Goethe’s material freely, adding the idea of two couples, the emperor and empress who come from another realm, and the dyer and his wife who belong to the ordinary world. Hofmannsthal also drew on portions of the Arabian Nights, Grimm's Fairy Tales, and even quotes Goethe's Faust. The opera is conceived as a fairy-tale on the theme of love blessed through the birth of children. Hofmannsthal, in his letters, compared it with Mozart’s Magic Flute, which has a similar arrangement of two couples. Strauss began composing immediately. He and
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    Nella Fantasia

    Nella Fantasia

    • Composer: Ennio Morricone
    • Recorded versions: Nella Fantasia
    "Nella Fantasia" ("In My Fantasy") is a song sung in Italian based on the theme "Gabriel's Oboe" from the film The Mission (1986). With music by famed composer Ennio Morricone and lyrics by Chiara Ferraù, "Nella Fantasia" is popular among classical crossover singers, and was originally released in 1998 by Sarah Brightman. It has since been covered by various artists. "Nella Fantasia" first appeared on Sarah Brightman's album Eden (1998). A music video for the song was released on Brightman's "Diva - The video collection DVD" in 2006 and the song sold 2 million digital copies in South Korea. On the March 1999 video recording of her "One Night in Eden" concert, when introducing the song she said: In the liner notes of Eden, the lyricist of the song was named as "Ferraù". However, it has been suggested on the fansite Sarahbrightman.co.uk that the Italian lyrics of the song were written by Brightman herself. It is possible that Brightman wrote the lyrics of the song in English and they were translated into Italian by Ferraù. Confusingly, the liner notes of Brightman's subsequent album The Very Best of 1990–2000 (2001), which also featured the song, state that the composers of the song
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    The Prayer of Russians

    The Prayer of Russians

    The Prayer of Russians (Russian: Молитва русских, Molitva russkikh) was a song used as the national anthem of Imperial Russia from 1816 to 1833. After defeating the First French Empire, Tsar Alexander I of Russia recommended a national anthem for Russia. The lyrics were written by Vasily Zhukovsky, and the music of the British anthem God Save the King was used. In 1833, "The Prayer of Russians" was replaced with "God Save the Tsar" (Bozhe, tsarya khrani). The two songs both start with the same words Bozhe, tsarya khrani but differ after that. Some consider God Save the Tsar Russia's first true national anthem, as both its words and music were Russian. Others say the title belongs to Grom pobedy, razdavaysya!, another popular song of the time, although it never had official status. Боже, Царя храни! Славному долги дни Дай на земли! Гордыхъ смирителю, Слабыхъ хранителю, Всѣхъ утѣшителю— Всё ниспошли! Перводержавную Русь Православную Боже, храни! Царство ей стройное, Въ силѣ спокойное! Всё-жъ недостойное Прочь отжени! О, Провидѣніе! Благословеніе Намъ ниспошли! Къ благу стремленіе, Въ счастьѣ смиреніе, Въ скорби терпѣніе Дай на земли! Bozhe, tsarya khrani! Slavnomu dolgi dni Day na
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    Somebody Told Me

    Somebody Told Me

    • Composer: Ronnie Vannucci Jr.
    • Recorded versions: Somebody Told Me
    "Somebody Told Me" is the second single by American rock band The Killers. The song is featured on the group's debut album Hot Fuss and was written by Dave Keuning, Ronnie Vannucci Jr., Mark Stoermer and Brandon Flowers. When The Killers first started out, their music was little noticed by music-buyers and the media, which is why "Somebody Told Me" has been released twice in slightly different forms. The first, with the pink background cover, is the rarer version of the single as it was their first release of it; due to poor sales not as many were produced. When re-released, the cover-art sported a blue background color and is the more common version of the single. The single peaked at #51 on the US Billboard Hot 100. In the UK it charted at #28 upon its first release in March 2004 becoming the band's first top 40 hit, it was then re-released in January 2005 and reached #3. In Australia, the song was ranked #4 on Triple J's Hottest 100 of 2004. In 2009 it was voted at Number 9 in UK radio station XFM's Top 100 songs of the decade. The music video for "Somebody Told Me", was filmed in February 2004 in California and was directed by Brett Simon, it simply shows The Killers performing
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    Crazy for You

    Crazy for You

    • Composer: Jon Lind
    • Recorded versions: Crazy for You
    "Crazy for You" is a song by American recording artist Madonna for the 1985 film Vision Quest. It was released on March 2, 1985, by Geffen Records as the first single from the soundtrack album of the film, and later included on the ballads compilation Something to Remember (1995). The song also appears as a remix on the greatest hits albums The Immaculate Collection (1990) and Celebration (2009), and was re-released as a single in the form of this remix on February 24, 1991, by Sire Records to promote the former of these two albums. Producers Jon Peters and Peter Guber, along with music director Phil Ramone, decided to use Madonna after listening to her previous recordings. They employed John Bettis and Jon Lind to write the song. After reading the script of the film, Bettis and Lind wrote the song about the situation in which the lead characters meet at a nightclub. Initial recording sessions did not impress Bettis and Lind, and they felt that "Crazy for You" would be dropped from the soundtrack. However, a new version was recorded which did impress them and was added to the album. John "Jellybean" Benitez was the producer for the song, and it was a challenge for him, as
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    7 votes
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    The Foresters

    The Foresters

    • Composer: Sir Arthur Sullivan
    • Lyricist: Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson
    The Foresters or, Robin Hood and Maid Marian is a play written by Alfred Tennyson and first produced in New York in 1892. A set of incidental music in nine movements was composed for the play by Arthur Sullivan. The success of the first production led to productions in seven other American cities. A production opened in London in 1893. Although the play was not well received in England, Sullivan's incidental music was praised. Sullivan and Tennyson had worked together before, on a song cycle for tenor, The Window, written and composed in 1867–68, but not published until 1871. Sullivan and Tennyson did not find working together on The Window congenial and did not attempt work together again for over twenty years. Meanwhile, Tennyson had written a play, The Cup, that was produced with success by Henry Irving at the Lyceum Theatre in 1881. Encouraged by this, Tennyson started work on a play based on the Robin Hood legend, completing it after a visit to Sherwood Forest in October 1881. But Irving rejected the play on the grounds that it was not dramatic enough for his audiences at the Lyceum, who were accustomed to his sensational productions. Tennyson turned to other projects, setting
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    7 votes
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    God Save the South

    God Save the South

    • Lyricist: George Henry Miles
    "God Save the South" is considered to be the unofficial national anthem of the Confederate States of America. It was written by George Henry Miles (as Ernest Halphin). The commonly-heard version was composed by Charles W. A. Ellerbrock, while C. T. De Cœniél composed a different tune for the song. It was written in 1861.
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    7 votes
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    God Defend New Zealand

    God Defend New Zealand

    "God Defend New Zealand" is one of two national anthems of New Zealand, the other being "God Save the Queen". Legally they have equal status, but "God Defend New Zealand" is more commonly used, and is popularly referred to as "the national anthem". The anthem has English and Māori lyrics, with slightly different meanings. "God Defend New Zealand" was written as a poem in the 1870s by Irish-born, Victorian-raised immigrant Thomas Bracken of Dunedin. A competition to compose music for the poem was held in 1876 by The Saturday Advertiser and judged by three prominent Melbourne musicians, with a prize of ten guineas. The winner of the competition was the Tasmanian-born John Joseph Woods of Lawrence, New Zealand who composed the melody in a single sitting the evening after finding out about the competition. The song was first performed at the Queen's Theatre, Princes Street, Dunedin, on Christmas Day, 1876. The song became increasingly popular during the 19th century and early 20th century, and in 1940 the New Zealand government bought the copyright and made it New Zealand's national hymn in time for that year's centennial celebrations. While being used as New Zealand's national anthem
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    7 votes
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    When Will I Be Famous?

    When Will I Be Famous?

    • Recorded versions: When Will I Be Famous
    "When Will I Be Famous?" was a single by UK boyband Bros, released as a single in 1987 and later appearing on their 1988 album Push. The verses are sung from the viewpoint of an agent or talent scout and the chorus is sung by the viewpoint of the person asking when they will be famous. The song originally peaked at #62, but later entered the UK charts at #2 when reissued. It reached number 1 in Ireland. The song was later used in a Hyundai commercial in 2000, leading to the eventual re-release of Push. In 2007, the song was performed by Westlife on their The Love Tour.
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    7 votes
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    Tristana

    Tristana

    • Recorded versions: Tristana
    "Tristana" is a 1987 song recorded by the French artist Mylène Farmer. Fourth single from her first studio album Cendres de Lune, the song was released in February 1987. As for the previous single "Libertine", the music video was produced as a film, with many extras and a huge budget. First song entirely written by the singer herself, it enjoyed an intense promotion on television and met a great success in France, reaching the top ten. After the success of "Libertine", the duo Farmer-Boutonnat sought to repeat their musical feat. In January 1987, Farmer performed "Au bout de la nuit" during a television show dedicated to Guy Béart, which indicated that the song was scheduled as her fifth single. However, Boutonnat had composed a new music and had asked Farmer to write lyrics that could be sung with this music (in fact, from this song, Farmer wrote all lyrics of her songs). It was Thierry Rogen who mixed the song. Although many media said that Farmer draw her inspiration from Luis Buñuel's film Tristana, with Catherine Deneuve, which tells the story of a mutilated woman, it was wrong, as Farmer actually referred to Leo Tolstoy's novel Anna Karenina. Indeed, Farmer stated she had not
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    7 votes
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    The Yellow Rose of Texas

    The Yellow Rose of Texas

    • Recorded versions: The Yellow Rose of Texas
    "The Yellow Rose of Texas" is a traditional folk song. The original love song has become associated with the legend that Emily D. West, an indentured servant of color, "helped win the battle of San Jacinto, the decisive battle in the Texas Revolution." The Center for American History at the University of Texas has an unpublished early handwritten version of the song, perhaps dating from the time of the Battle of San Jacinto in 1836. The author is unknown; the earliest published version, by Firth, Pond and Company of New York and dated September 2, 1858, identifies the composer and arranger as "J.K."; its lyrics are "almost identical" to those in the handwritten manuscript, though it says it had been arranged and composed for the vaudeville performer Charles H. Brown. The soundtrack to the TV miniseries James A. Michener's Texas dates a version of the song to June 2, 1933 and co-credits both the authorship and performance to Gene Autry and Jimmy Long. But, Don George reworked the original version of the song, which Mitch Miller made into a popular recording in 1955 that knocked Bill Haley's "(We're Gonna) Rock Around The Clock" from the top of the Best Sellers chart in the U.S.
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    6 votes
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    Never Let You Go

    Never Let You Go

    "Never Let You Go" was the Greek entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 2003, performed by Mando entirely in English, the first time the Greek entry had not had any lyrics in Greek. The song topped the Greek charts and was certified gold in Greece. The lyrics are by Terry Siganos, the music is written by Mando herself and it was produced by Johnny Jam. The song was performed seventeenth on the night (following Ukraine's Olexandr Ponomariov with "Hasta La Vista" and preceding Norway's Jostein Hasselgård with "I'm Not Afraid To Move On"). At the close of voting, it had received 25 points and was placed 17th in a field of 26. The song is a dramatic ballad, with the singer telling her lover all the things she would do for him, but emphasising that she would "never let you go". For her Eurovision appearance, Mando wore an unusual navy blue gown, with a very tight lace-up bodice. It was succeeded as Greek representative at the 2004 Contest by Sakis Rouvas with "Shake It".
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    Year 3000

    Year 3000

    • Composer: James Bourne
    • Recorded versions: Year 3000
    "Year 3000" is a pop punk song performed by English boy band Busted, released as the second single from their debut album Busted. The song was co-written by McFly members Tom Fletcher and Danny Jones, and Busted lead guitarist James Bourne. The song makes references to the Back to the Future trilogy, including lines about the flux capacitor and the fact that the time machine mentioned is "like the one in a film I've seen". "Year 3000" reached #2 on the UK Singles Chart and became the 34th biggest seller of the year with 165,000 units. The single was also a success in Europe, reaching #2 on the Irish Singles Chart, while reaching the Top 10 in Belgium and the Netherlands. The music video for the song begins with Matt Willis playing a video game called "Stay Alive". When he loses, the video zooms out to view the band playing the song's intro in a bedroom. After Charlie Simpson starts singing, they hear an explosion-like sound outside. They look out of a window to the backyard and find their neighbour Peter, played by James Bourne's brother Chris, standing next to a Vauxhall Viva customised like the DeLorean time machine from Back to the Future. They get in the car and Peter takes
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    4 votes
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    Giovinezza

    Giovinezza

    "Giovinezza" ([dʒoviˈnettsa]; Italian for youth) is the official hymn of the Italian National Fascist Party, regime, and army, and was the unofficial national anthem of Italy between 1924 and 1943. Although often sung with the official national anthem Marcia Reale, some sources consider Giovinezza to have supplanted the Royal March as the de facto national anthem (Inno della Patria) of Italy, to the dismay of Victor Emmanuel III of Italy—a powerful symbol of the diarchy between the King and Mussolini. It was subsequently the official anthem of the Italian Social Republic. Ubiquitous in fascist Italy, the hymn emphasized youth as a theme of the fascist movement and was one example of the centrality of the Arditi (Italian World War I veterans) to the fascist narrative. "Giovinezza" was composed by lawyer and composer Giuseppe Blanc in 1909 as "Commiato" (Italian for "farewell"). Blanc also wrote other Fascist songs, including The Eagles of Rome, the Imperial Hymn. Previously a Turin university graduation song, and popular among Italian soldiers during World War I, the song was called "Inno degli Arditi" (Hymn of the Arditi, a corps of the Italian Royal Army during World War I, whose
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    5 votes
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    Ashokan Farewell

    Ashokan Farewell

    • Composer: Jay Ungar
    • Recorded versions: Ashokan Farewell
    "Ashokan Farewell" is a piece of music composed by Jay Ungar in 1982. It has served as a goodnight or farewell waltz at the annual Ashokan Fiddle & Dance Camps, run by the composer and his wife, at the lakefront campus (near Ashokan Reservoir) of the State University of New York at New Paltz. The tune was later used as the title theme of the 1990 PBS television miniseries, The Civil War, as well as the 1991 compilation album, Songs of the Civil War. The piece is a waltz in D major, written in the style of a Scottish lament (e.g., Niel Gow's "Lament for his second wife"). The most famous arrangement of the piece begins with a solo violin, later accompanied by guitar and upright bass. Before its use as the television series theme, "Ashokan Farewell" was recorded on Waltz of the Wind, the second album by the band Fiddle Fever. The musicians included Ungar and his wife, Molly Mason, who gave the tune its name. It has served as a goodnight or farewell waltz at the annual Ashokan Fiddle & Dance Camps that Ungar and Mason run at the lakefront Ashokan Field Campus of the State University of New York at New Paltz. The tune was also used on the TV series The Twilight Zone in 1986, in an
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    4 votes
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    Carolina in the Morning

    Carolina in the Morning

    • Lyricist: Gus Kahn
    • Recorded versions: Carolina in the Morning
    "Carolina in the Morning" is a popular song with words by Gus Kahn and music by Walter Donaldson, first published in 1922 by Jerome H. Remick & Co. The song debuted on Broadway in the elaborate (and risqué) musical revue The Passing Show of 1922 at the Winter Garden Theater by William Frawley (who later sang it on an episode of I Love Lucy), where it generated moderate attention. Vaudeville performers incorporated it into their acts and helped popularize it. Notable recordings when the song was new were made by such artists as Marion Harris, Van & Schenck, and Al Jolson. "Carolina in the Morning" gradually became a standard, being revived regularly as a popular song into the 1950s. Al Jolson's 1947 re-recording of the song outsold the original. Other artists to have later successes with the song included Bing Crosby, Dean Martin, Jimmy Durante, Dinah Shore, Judy Garland, and Danny Kaye. In 1957, Bill Haley & His Comets recorded a rock and roll version. It was also covered by Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore on The Dick Van Dyke Show. The original 1922 lyrics (now public domain in the United States due to age) are given below. The chorus remains well known, but the verses have
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    7 votes
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    Are You Man Enough

    Are You Man Enough

    • Recorded versions: Are You Man Enough?
    "Are You Man Enough" is the name of a 1987 hit single by the British pop group Five Star. The single was released only in the US, where it peaked at #15 in the US on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart in April of that year, becoming their sixth and final US Top 20 entry. The single was taken from their second album, Silk & Steel. 7” Single: 5149-7-R 1. "Are You Man Enough?" (7” Remix Version - by Shep Pettibone) 4:15 2. "Summer Groove" 12” Single: 6309-1-RD 1. "Are You Man Enough?" (12” Vocal Remix) 6:38 * 2. "Are You Man Enough?" (12” Dub Mix) 5:15 3. "Are You Man Enough?" (Acapella Groove) 1:23 4. "Summer Groove" * The 12" Vocal Remix - by Shep Pettibone is available on CD on the 2010 Expanded Edition of Silk & Steel CRPOP74
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    3 votes
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    Bluebeard's Castle

    Bluebeard's Castle

    • Composer: Béla Bartók
    • Recorded versions: Bluebeards Castle
    Duke Bluebeard's Castle (Hungarian: A kékszakállú herceg vára; literally: The Castle of the Blue-Bearded Duke) is a one-act opera by Hungarian composer Béla Bartók. The libretto was written by Béla Balázs, a poet and friend of the composer. It is in Hungarian, based on the French fairy tale "Bluebeard" by Charles Perrault. The opera lasts only a little over an hour and there are only two singing characters onstage: Bluebeard (Kékszakállú), and his new wife Judith (Judit); the two have just eloped and Judith is coming home to Bluebeard's castle for the first time. Bluebeard's Castle was composed in 1911 (with modifications made in 1912 and a new ending added in 1917) and first performed on 24 May 1918 in Budapest. Universal published the vocal (1921) and full score (1925). The Boosey & Hawkes' full score includes only the German and English singing translations while the Dover edition reproduces the Universal Edition Hungarian/German vocal score (with page numbers beginning at 1 instead of 5). A revision of the UE vocal score in 1963 added a new German translation by Wilhelm Ziegler, but seems not to have corrected any errata. Universal Edition and Bartók Records has published a new
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    5 votes
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    Kimigayo

    Kimigayo

    • Composer: Hiromori Hayashi
    "Kimigayo" (君が代) is the national anthem of Japan. From 1868 to 1945, it served as the national anthem of the Empire of Japan. With a length of 11 measures and 32 characters, "Kimigayo" is also one of the world's shortest national anthems currently in use. Its lyrics are based on a Waka poem written in the Heian period (794-1185), sung to a melody written in the imperial period (1868–1945). The current melody was chosen in 1880, replacing an unpopular melody composed eleven years earlier. While the title "Kimigayo" is usually translated as His Majesty's Reign, no official translation of the title nor lyrics has ever been established by law. Prior to 1945, "Kimigayo" served as the national anthem of the Empire of Japan, however, when the Empire of Japan was dissolved following its surrender at the end of World War II, its parliamentary democracy successor state, the State of Japan, replaced it in 1945, the polity therefore changed from an absolute monarchy to a parliamentary democracy. However, Emperor Hirohito was not dethroned, and "Kimigayo" was retained as the de facto national anthem, only becoming legally recognized as the official national anthem in 1999, with the passage of
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    5 votes
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    Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg

    Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg

    • Recorded versions: Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg
    "Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg" is a song by American R&B/Hip hop group TLC from their debut album, Ooooooohhh... On the TLC Tip. It was released by LaFace Records in November 1991, and is the group's first single. The song would ultimately peak at number six on the Billboard Hot 100 and number two on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks, becoming their first single to reach the top ten on both charts. The single also reached to Top Twenty in the UK. The song is very much about the girls saying that they don't mind begging for sex. Songwriters Dallas Austin and Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopes were nominated for the Best R&B Song Grammy Award for this single. This song will appear in Dance Central 3. The video of the song is pretty basic. It is a fun and colorful video with the girls wearing condoms, baggy clothes, and Lisa with a big hats and sunglasses. The video shows the girls singing, dancing and rapping and will occasionally have the girl's nicknames at the bottom of the screen. Some shots feature the group outside with people in the background and then them in front of a white background. In a BET interview, T-Boz and Chilli said they were trying to warm-up to the cameras in this video
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    Carnival of Rust

    Carnival of Rust

    • Recorded versions: Carnival of Rust
    "Carnival of Rust" is the first single and the title track of the Carnival of Rust album by the Finnish rock band Poets of the Fall. It was released in Finland on 22 March 2006 and in Germany on 1 December 2006. The single contains two versions of the track and a live recording of the song "Don't Mess With Me" from the band's first album Signs of Life. The track was recorded on 15 July 2005 at Rockperry Festival in Vaasa, Finland. The song has gained a significant amount of success by immediately hitting the number one on YleX's Most Wanted and staying on top of the list for four months (for now). The song reached number 2 in the official Finnish single charts as well as the most wanted song of 2006 on YleX and was #2 in overall sales/radio/video/disco play list according to the Finnish music book Sisältää Hitin and #1 in the radio play list on Rumba's 50 Hits list. "Carnival of Rust" video was released on March 30, 2005. It was added as a bonus to the Carnival of Rust album and then made available online on 8 September 2006 (watch it). It was made by the same director, who shot "Lift", Tuomas "Stobe" Harju. There is a remastered HD version of the original that can be viewed on the
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    5 votes
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    Freakin' Out / All Over Me

    Freakin' Out / All Over Me

    "Freakin' Out" and "All Over Me" are songs by Graham Coxon and were featured on his 2004 album Happiness in Magazines. The two songs were later released as the final single from the album as a double A-side in October 2004 (see 2004 in British music). The single peaked at number 19 on the UK Singles Chart.
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    4 votes
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    Lazy Sunday

    Lazy Sunday

    • Lyricist: Jorma Taccone
    • Recorded versions: Lazy Sunday
    "Lazy Sunday" is a song and short video by American comedy troupe The Lonely Island, released on December 17, 2005, broadcast on Saturday Night Live as the second Digital Short. Primarily performed by Andy Samberg and fellow cast member Chris Parnell, the song and accompanying music video follow the two comedians as they eat cupcakes from the Magnolia Bakery, buy snacks at a convenience store, and smuggle the food into a Sunday afternoon matinee of The Chronicles of Narnia. The song was written by Samberg and Parnell, as well as Lonely Island members Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone, in one night. They recorded the following night in the comedy troupe's office and shot the music video around Manhattan two days later using a borrowed camera. After being quickly mixed and edited by Schaffer, the short was approved for broadcast on the next evening's telecast of Saturday Night Live by producer Lorne Michaels. Although the writers initially worried the studio audience would respond to the short negatively, the video received a positive reception and enjoyed Internet stardom overnight, with multiple bootleg copies surfacing on video-sharing website YouTube. The song and video brought
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    6 votes
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    İstiklâl Marşı

    İstiklâl Marşı

    • Composer: Osman Zeki Üngör
    • Lyricist: Mehmet Akif Ersoy
    The İstiklâl Marşı (Independence March) is the National Anthem of Turkey and Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, officially adopted on 12 March 1921 - two and a half years before the 29 October 1923 establishment of the Republic of Turkey, both as a motivational musical saga for the troops fighting in the Turkish War of Independence, and as an anthem for a Republic that was yet to be established. Penned by Mehmet Âkif Ersoy, ultimately composed by Osman Zeki Üngör, the theme is one of affection for the Turkish homeland, freedom, and faith, of sacrifice for liberty, and of hope and devotion, explored through visual, tactile and kinesthetic imagery as they relate to the flag, the human spirit and the soil of the homeland. The manuscript by Ersoy, between the title line İstiklal Marşı and the first text line, carries the dedication Kahraman Ordumuza – "To our Heroic Army", the army that won the Independence War. The lyrics reflect on the sacrifice of the soldiers during the War. The Anthem is regularly heard during state and military events, as well as during national festivals, bayrams, sporting events, and school ceremonies. Of the ten-stanza anthem, only the first two quatrains
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    La Borinqueña

    La Borinqueña

    • Lyricist: Manuel Fernández Juncos
    La Borinqueña is the official anthem of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. After Puerto Rico became the "The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico" in 1952, the first elected governor, Luis Muñoz Marín, signed law #2 of July 24, 1952 that stated that the musical composition known as "La Borinqueña" was to become the official anthem of Puerto Rico. The words that go with the composition were approved by governor Carlos Romero Barceló on July 27, 1977, law #123. The title refers to the aboriginal Taíno name for the island of Puerto Rico, Borinkén or Borinquén The music was originally credited to Félix Astol Artés in 1867 as an habanera danza, with romantic lyrics, but there is some evidence that Francisco Ramírez, a native of San Germán, wrote the music in 1860, and named it "La Almojábana". In 1868, Lola Rodríguez de Tió wrote a poem in support of the Puerto Rican revolution, which was set to the Ramirez/Astol Artés music. In fear of investigation by the Spanish insular government, Ramirez, asked Astól to claim authorship of the music since he was a native of Catalonia and would therefore raise no suspicion. After the cession of the island to the United States, the popular revolutionary lyrics
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    National Anthem of the Republic of China

    National Anthem of the Republic of China

    • Composer: Ch'eng Mao-yün
    • Lyricist: Kuomintang
    "Zhōnghuá Míngúo gúogē" is the national anthem of the Republic of China (ROC). It discusses how the vision and hopes of a new nation and its people can and should be achieved and maintained using the Three Principles of the People. The text of "National Anthem of the Republic of China" was the collaboration between several Kuomintang (KMT) members, The text debuted on July 16, 1924 as the opening of a speech by Sun Yat-sen at the opening ceremony of the Whampoa Military Academy. After the success of the Northern Expedition, the Kuomintang chose the text to be its party anthem and publicly solicited for accompanying music. Ch'eng Mao-yün (程懋筠; Chéng Màoyún) won in a contest of 139 participants. On March 24, 1930, numerous Kuomintang members proposed to use the speech by Sun as the lyrics to the national anthem. Due to opposition over using a symbol of a political party to represent the entire nation, the National Anthem Editing and Research Committee (國歌編製研究委員會) was set up, which endorsed the KMT party song. On June 3, 1937, the Central Standing Committee (中央常務委員會) approved the proposal, and in 1943, the song officially became the national anthem of the Republic of China. Simplified
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    Das Rheingold

    Das Rheingold

    • Composer: Richard Wagner
    Das Rheingold (help·info) ('The Rhine Gold') is the first of the four operas that constitute Richard Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen ('The Ring of the Nibelung'). It was originally written as an introduction to the tripartite Ring, but the cycle is now generally regarded as consisting of four individual operas. Das Rheingold received its premiere at the National Theatre in Munich on 22 September 1869, with August Kindermann in the role of Wotan, Heinrich Vogl as Loge, and Karl Fischer as Alberich. Wagner wanted this opera to be premiered as part of the entire cycle, but was forced to allow the performance at the insistence of his patron King Ludwig II of Bavaria. The opera received its premiere as part of the complete cycle on 13 August 1876, in the Bayreuther Festspielhaus. Although Das Rheingold comes first in the sequence of Ring operas, it was the last to be conceived. Wagner's plans for the cycle grew backwards from the tale of the death of the hero Siegfried, to include his youth and then the story of the events around his conception and of how the Valkyrie Brünnhilde was punished for trying to save his parents against Wotan's instructions. So in August 1851, Wagner wrote
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    DOA

    DOA

    • Recorded versions: DOA
    "DOA" is the second song released as a single from Foo Fighters' fifth album, In Your Honor. It has been released on two different discs. The demo version of this song was released on the 2005 EP, Five Songs and a Cover. DOA refers to the medical term "dead on arrival". The song reached number one on Billboard's Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart for six non-consecutive weeks. The cover artwork features an Ampeg Dan Armstrong guitar. One of the B-sides, "Skin and Bones", was performed on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on 1 September. It became a staple of the Foo Fighters' acoustic tour, and became the namesake for the band's first ever live album, Skin and Bones. In 2007, a marching band arrangement by Michael Brown became available from Hal Leonard Corporation. "DOA" has also been released as a Rock Band and Rock Band 2 DLC track on Xbox Live and PlayStation Network on December 23, 2008. The video for the single shows the band in a 360° revolving room and on a train where objects act as if the train is rotating. The band said that the video made them feel ill and they felt like wetting themselves. It was directed by Michael Palmieri. Another music video was also aired on MTV2 on the
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    Iname

    Iname

    • Recorded versions: Iname
    "Iname" is a song by Scottish band Biffy Clyro and their debut single released on 28 June 1999, by Aereogramme's, independent, Babi Yaga record label. This first release led to the band being chosen by Stow College's Electric Honey record label to release a record, thekidswhopoptodaywillrocktomorrow. Songs and lyrics by Simon Neil. Music by Biffy Clyro.
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    Heaven Beside You

    Heaven Beside You

    • Recorded versions: Heaven Beside You
    "Heaven Beside You" is a song by Alice in Chains, from their third album Alice in Chains (1995). The song was included on the compilation albums Music Bank (1999), Greatest Hits (2001), and The Essential Alice in Chains (2006). "Heaven Beside You" was written and sung by guitarist Jerry Cantrell with Layne Staley doing harmonies during the chorus. The song is a mid-tempo song that contrasts the general overall "heaviness" of Alice in Chains' eponymous album. "Heaven Beside You" was written by Jerry Cantrell after the break-up with his girlfriend of seven years. Cantrell was unable to remain faithful to the woman who he described as "the most beautiful girl I've ever seen in my life," and added, "I still love her, but I'm too much of a fucking wolf—kill, attack, move on...It's so tough when you're so used to being hard. You can't tell an oak tree to be a pine." In the liner notes of 1999's Music Bank box set collection, Jerry Cantrell said of the song: Another attempt to reconcile the fact that my life and paths are tearing me apart from the person I love. All the things I write about her are a way for me to maybe speak to her, express things I could never express. "Heaven Beside
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    The Impossible Dream

    The Impossible Dream

    • Composer: Mitch Leigh
    • Recorded versions: The Impossible Dream
    "The Impossible Dream (The Quest)" is a popular song composed by Mitch Leigh, with lyrics written by Joe Darion. It was written for the 1965 musical Man of La Mancha. It is the main song from the musical and became its most popular hit. The song is sung all the way through once in the musical by Don Quixote as he stands vigil over his armor, in response to Aldonza (Dulcinea)'s question about what he means by "following the quest". It is reprised partially three more times—the last by prisoners in a dungeon as Miguel de Cervantes and his manservant mount the drawbridge-like prison staircase to face trial by the Spanish Inquisition. It was awarded the Contemporary Classics Award from the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame. The song is strongly associated with the 1967 Boston Red Sox, as their pennant-winning season was popularly dubbed "The Impossible Dream." On the television show Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C., in an episode entitled "The Show Must Go On," which aired November 3, 1967, Jim Nabors, as Pyle, sang a version of the song. Nabors' rendition in that episode is one of the most recognized and definitive versions of the song. An episode of the 8th Season of the television series Touched by an
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    Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District

    Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District

    • Composer: Dmitri Shostakovich
    Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District (Russian: Леди Макбет Мценского уезда, Ledi Makbet Mtsenskogo Uyezda) is an opera in four acts by Dmitri Shostakovich, his Op.29. The libretto was written by Alexander Preis and the composer, and is based on the novel Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk District by Nikolai Leskov. The opera is sometimes referred to informally as Lady Macbeth when there is no confusion with Verdi's Macbeth. It was first performed on 24 January 1934 at the Leningrad Maly Operny. Shostakovich dedicated the opera to his first wife, the physicist Nina Varzar. The work incorporates elements of expressionism and verismo. It tells the story of a lonely woman in 19th century Russia, who falls in love with one of her husband's workers and is driven to murder. Despite great early success, on both popular and official levels, Lady Macbeth was the vehicle for a general denunciation of Shostakovich's music by the Communist Party in early 1936. After being condemned by an anonymous article (sometimes attributed to Joseph Stalin) in Pravda, the Communist Party newspaper, it was banned in the Soviet Union for almost thirty years. Many people thus know the opera primarily for its role in the
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    National Anthem of Russia

    National Anthem of Russia

    • Composer: Alexander Vasilyevich Alexandrov
    • Lyricist: Sergey Mikhalkov
    The National Anthem of the Russian Federation (Russian: Государственный гимн Российской Федерации, tr. Gosudarstvenny Gimn Rossiyskoy Federatsii) is the name of the official national anthem of Russia. Its musical composition and lyrics were adopted from the National Anthem of the Soviet Union, composed by Alexander Alexandrov, and lyricists Sergey Mikhalkov and Gabriel El-Registan. The Soviet anthem was used from 1944, replacing "The Internationale" with a more Russian-centric song. The anthem was amended in 1956 to remove lyrics that had references to former Soviet leader Joseph Stalin. The anthem was amended again in 1977 to introduce new lyrics written by Mikhalkov. Russia sought a new anthem in 1990 to start anew after the collapse of the Soviet Union. The lyric-free "Patrioticheskaya Pesnya", composed by Mikhail Glinka, was officially adopted in 1990 by the Supreme Soviet of Russia and confirmed in 1993 by President of Russia, Boris Yeltsin. The government sponsored contests to create lyrics for the unpopular anthem because of its inability to inspire Russian athletes during international competitions. None of the entries were adopted, resulting in the restoration of the
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    Il Canto degli Italiani

    Il Canto degli Italiani

    • Composer: Michele Novaro
    • Lyricist: Goffredo Mameli
    Il Canto degli Italiani (The Song of the Italians) is the Italian national anthem. It is best known among Italians as Inno di Mameli (Mameli's Hymn), after the author of the lyrics, or Fratelli d'Italia (Brothers of Italy), from its opening line. The words were written in the autumn of 1847 in Genoa, by the then 20-year-old student and patriot Goffredo Mameli, in a climate of popular struggle for unification and independence of Italy which foreshadowed the war against Austria. Two months later, they were set to music in Turin by another Genoese, Michele Novaro. The hymn enjoyed widespread popularity throughout the period of the Risorgimento and in the following decades. After unification (1861) the adopted national anthem was the Marcia Reale, the Royal March (or Fanfara Reale), official hymn of the royal house of Savoy composed in 1831 to order of Carlo Alberto di Savoia. The Marcia Reale remained the Italian national anthem until Italy became a republic in 1946. Giuseppe Verdi, in his Inno delle Nazioni (Hymn of the Nations), composed for the London International Exhibition of 1862, chose Il Canto degli Italiani – and not the Marcia Reale – to represent Italy, putting it beside
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    I Melt With You

    I Melt With You

    • Recorded versions: I Melt With You
    "I Melt with You" is a song by the British post-punk and New Wave band Modern English. The song, produced by Hugh Jones, was a single from the 1982 album After the Snow, and is about a couple making love as nuclear bombs fall. It reached #7 on Billboard's Top Tracks chart and #78 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1983. The song gained popularity due to its airplay on MTV in early 1983 and its inclusion during the closing credits in the movie Valley Girl. The band re-recorded it in 1990 for their album Pillow Lips, the re-released version peaking at #76 on the Billboard Hot 100. The reformed original line up of the band re-recorded it again in 2010 in a completely reworked style for inclusion in the movie 'I Melt With You'. This 'film version' can be downloaded for free from the band's official website (see link below) It is ranked #39 on VH1's 100 greatest songs of the 80's and #7 on VH1's 100 Greatest One Hit Wonders of the 80s.
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    Argentine National Anthem

    Argentine National Anthem

    • Composer: Blas Parera
    • Lyricist: Vicente López y Planes
    • Recorded versions: Himno nacional Argentino
    The Argentine National Anthem (Spanish: Himno Nacional Argentino) is the national anthem of Argentina. The name of the song originally was Marcha Patriótica (Patriotic March), and was later renamed Canción Patriótica Nacional (National Patriotic Song) and finally Canción Patriótica (Patriotic Song). A copy published in 1847 called it Himno Nacional Argentino and the name has remained ever since. Its lyrics were written by the Buenos Aires-born politician Vicente López y Planes and the music was composed by the Spanish musician Blas Parera. The work was adopted as the sole official song on May 11, 1813, three years after the May Revolution; May 11 is therefore Anthem Day in Argentina. The first anthem was the Patriotic March, published on November 15, 1810 in the Gazeta de Buenos Ayres. It had lyrics by Esteban de Luca and music by Blas Parera. This original anthem made no reference to the name of Argentina or an independentist will, and talked instead about Spain being conquered by France in the Peninsular War, the absolutist restauration began by the Council of Regency, and the need to keep the republican freedoms achieved so far in the Americas: "Spain was victim / of the
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    O Canada

    O Canada

    • Composer: Calixa Lavallée
    • Lyricist: Adolphe-Basile Routhier
    "O Canada" is the national anthem of Canada. The song was originally commissioned by Lieutenant Governor of Quebec Théodore Robitaille for the 1880 Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day ceremony; Calixa Lavallée wrote the music as a setting of a French Canadian patriotic poem composed by poet and judge Sir Adolphe-Basile Routhier. The lyrics were originally in French and translated into English in 1906. Robert Stanley Weir wrote in 1908 another English version, which is the official and most popular version, one that is not a literal translation of the French. Weir's lyrics have been revised twice, taking their present form in 1980, but the French lyrics remain unaltered. "O Canada" had served as a de facto national anthem since 1939, officially becoming Canada's national anthem in 1980 when the Act of Parliament making it so received Royal Assent and became effective on July 1 as part of that year's Dominion Day celebrations. The Crown-in-Council established set lyrics for "O Canada" in Canada's two official languages, as well as in Inuktitut. There is also a commonly sung bilingual version which combines the English and French lyrics. The lyrics are as follows: It has been noted that the
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    Sans contrefaçon

    Sans contrefaçon

    • Recorded versions: Sans Contrefaçon
    "Sans contrefaçon" ("Without Forgery/Counterfeit") is a 1987 song recorded by French artist Mylène Farmer. It was released on 16 October 1987 as the first single from her second studio album, Ainsi soit je.... It was a big hit in 1987 and is one of her three best-selling singles. It became a very popular song in France over the years and has been covered by many artists. A remixed version by the DJ J.C.A. was released on 5 August 2003 as the first single from the compilation album called RemixeS. Written by Farmer in 1987, the theme of "Sans contrefaçon" was inspired by two other songs, "Comme un garçon" by Sylvie Vartan and "3è Sexe" by the band Indochine. Photographer Elsa Trillat explained that the lyrics were written very quickly (taking somewhere between thirty minutes and two hours) by poolside, using a dictionary of synonyms. Laurent Boutonnat came that same day to the large Provençal-styled villa where both women were and immediately wrote the music which would accompany the lyrics. Farmer decided to change her dress style to match the song theme. In the French magazine Elle, she spotted a checkered and striped suit and asked Bertrand Le Page to wear it for the sleeve
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    After the Love Has Gone

    After the Love Has Gone

    • Recorded versions: After the Love Has Gone
    "After the Love Has Gone" is a 1979 hit single for Earth, Wind & Fire, written by David Foster, Jay Graydon, and (Chicago band member) Bill Champlin for the album I Am. It reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for two weeks, behind The Knack's smash hit "My Sharona". "After the Love Has Gone" was nominated for a Grammy for Record of the Year and won for Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group. The song also won a Best R & B Song Grammy Award for Foster, Graydon and Champlin as its composers. After the Love Has Gone has been placed on Bruce Pollock's list of The 7,500 Most Important Songs of 1944-2000. "After the Love Has Gone" was very successful commercially, selling over a million copies in the US and has been certified Gold as up until the RIAA lowered the sales levels for certified singles in 1989, a Gold single equaled 1 million units sold and has also been certified silver in the UK by the British Phonographic Industry. It was used to particularly haunting effect when played by Venus Flytrap, the night DJ on the television series WKRP in Cincinnati (played by Tim Reid), shortly after the announcement that numerous youngsters were killed and wounded by a
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    Humanity

    Humanity

    • Recorded versions: Humanity
    "Humanity" is the second single released by ATB from his album Seven Years: 1998-2005.
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    I Don't Wanna Fight

    I Don't Wanna Fight

    • Recorded versions: I Don't Wanna Fight
    "I Don't Wanna Fight" is a song written by the British singer Lulu, her brother Billy Lawrie and Steve DuBerry and was first offered to singer Sade, who sent it on to Tina Turner. Turner recorded it in 1993 as part of the soundtrack for her autobiographical film, What's Love Got to Do with It. Featuring a wistful but resolute vocal set against a melodic synthesizer line, the track was a substantial hit on both sides of the Atlantic, reaching number nine on the Billboard Hot 100 as well as number seven on the UK Singles Chart. This is Turner's last top-ten hit in the US. "I Don't Wanna Fight" was number one in Canada for five weeks. Lulu's version appears as the b-side to her 1993 single "How 'Bout Us" as well as on the 2003 album The Greatest Hits.
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    Little Boxes

    Little Boxes

    • Composer: Malvina Reynolds
    • Recorded versions: Little Boxes
    "Little Boxes" is a song written by Malvina Reynolds in 1962, which became a hit for her friend Pete Seeger in 1963. The song is a political satire about the development of suburbia and associated conformist middle-class attitudes. It refers to suburban tract housing as "little boxes" of different colors "all made out of ticky-tacky", and which "all look just the same." "Ticky-tacky" is a reference to the shoddy material used in the construction of housing of that time. Reynolds was a folk singer-songwriter and political activist in the 1960s. Nancy Reynolds, her daughter, explained that her mother came up with the song when she saw the housing developments around Daly City, California built in the post-war era by Henry Doelger, particularly the neighborhood of Westlake. My mother and father were driving South from San Francisco through Daly City when my mom got the idea for the song. She asked my dad to take the wheel, and she wrote it on the way to the gathering in La Honda where she was going to sing for the Friends Committee on Legislation. When Time magazine (I think, maybe Newsweek) wanted a photo of her pointing to the very place, she couldn’t find those houses because so
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    Makin' Memories

    Makin' Memories

    "Makin' Memories" was the presentation and song which preceded the "Magic Journeys" film presentation at the Imagination Pavilion at EPCOT Center in the early 1980s. The pavilion was sponsored by Kodak and so the sponsors' product was interwoven with the theme of imagination as much as possible. The song was written by the Sherman Brothers and was approximately 9 minutes in duration, which was the length of the photo journal. The musical arrangement progressed through time as the photo presentation did the same. The history of photography was depicted through pictorial and aural presentation. The original lyric ended with the phrase: "And memories won't fade away..." Kodak's lawyers were concerned about a pending class action lawsuit against the company, the complaint being that of "fading photo prints". The lyric was subsequently changed to "And happy days can reappear..."
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    Absolutely Curtains

    Absolutely Curtains

    • Recorded versions: Absolutely Curtains
    "Absolutely Curtains" is a mostly instrumental track written by Richard Wright, which closes Pink Floyd's 1972 album Obscured by Clouds. The last part of the track is a chant by the Mapuga tribe of New Guinea recorded for La Vallée, the film to which Obscured by Clouds is the soundtrack.
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    Hakuna Matata

    Hakuna Matata

    • Composer: Elton John
    • Lyricist: Tim Rice
    • Recorded versions: Hakuna Matata
    "Hakuna Matata" is a song from Disney's 32nd animated feature The Lion King. The song is based on Timon and Pumbaa's common catchphrase in the movie, Hakuna matata, which is a Swahili phrase. It is characterized by its simple 4/4 time, upbeat message and catchy lyrics. The musical score was written by Elton John and the lyrics by Tim Rice. In the film the song is sung by Timon (a meerkat voiced by Nathan Lane), Pumbaa (a warthog voiced by Ernie Sabella), and Simba, a young lion voiced by Jason Weaver (singing voice as a cub) and Joseph Williams (as an adult). The two main comedy characters in the film, (Timon and Pumbaa), talking about moving on from their troubled past and forgetting their worries. The song also provides a backstory for Pumbaa, explaining that he was ostracized from animal society for his excessive flatulence. It contains several breaks at which the music grinds to a halt and then starts again. It makes use of a large proportion of the orchestra as well as many other more unusual instruments including an elaborate drum kit. A second version of the song, produced for the companion album Rhythm of the Pride Lands, was performed by Jimmy Cliff featuring Lebo M. This
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    Kiss on My List

    Kiss on My List

    • Recorded versions: Kiss on My List
    "Kiss on My List" is a 1981 song recorded by Daryl Hall and John Oates. It was written by Janna Allen and Daryl Hall, and produced by Hall and Oates. It was the third single from their album Voices, and became their second Billboard Hot 100 number-one single (after "Rich Girl" in 1977). While two other songs from the album had returned the duo to chart activity, it was the success of "Kiss on My List" that confirmed the start of the duo's sustained run as one of American pop's top-selling acts, a run that lasted into 1989. According to Daryl Hall, Eddie Van Halen copied the synth part of this song and used it for the song "Jump" by Van Halen. "Kiss on My List" can be heard in the films She's Out of My League and You Again. In 2010, The Bird and the Bee covered the song as well as referenced it in another song, "Heard It On The Radio", for their tribute album Interpreting the Masters Volume 1: A Tribute to Daryl Hall and John Oates.
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    Let U Go reworked

    Let U Go reworked

    "Let U Go (Reworked)" is a single released by German dance musician ATB. The original "Wrong to Let You Go" had been written by Ken Harrison of the pop-rock band Wild Strawberries and world Guitarist Robert Michaels . ATB remixed it several times to release a dance version of the song in 2001. In 2005 a greatest hits album called Seven Years was released, which included all previous singles and several new songs. One of these was "Let U Go (2005 Reworked)," being the former dance-single that had been turned into a calm pop-song. Roberta Harrison's vocals, which originally featured the song, were replaced by those of male singer Jan Löchel (), who also played the guitar parts of this new version. An uptempo dance edit of the album version was eventually released as an MP3-single and vinyl. Unlike the album version, the radio edit contained bits that reminded of the 2001 single release. Later a CD-single was released elsewhere.
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    Tippecanoe and Tyler too

    Tippecanoe and Tyler too

    • Recorded versions: Tippecanoe and Tyler Too
    "Tippecanoe and Tyler Too", originally published as "Tip and Ty", was a very popular and influential campaign song of the Whig Party's colorful Log Cabin Campaign in the 1840 United States presidential election. Its lyrics sang the praises of Whig candidates William Henry Harrison (the "hero of Tippecanoe") and John Tyler, while denigrating incumbent Democrat Martin Van Buren. Irwin Silber, the leading authority on the genre, has written that the song "firmly established the power of singing as a campaign device" in the United States, and that this and the other songs of 1840 represent a "Great Divide" in the development of American campaign music. The North American Review at the time even remarked that the song was, "in the political canvas of 1840 what the 'Marseillaise' was to the French Revolution. It sang Harrison into the presidency." Today, however, the slogan Tippecanoe and Tyler Too is better remembered than the song itself—serving as a staple of American schoolbook history. The song was written by Alexander Coffman Ross, a jeweler of Zanesville, Ohio, in 1840, to the music of the minstrelsy song, "Little Pigs". He first performed it at a Whig meeting in Zanesville, and
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    Utah, We Love Thee

    Utah, We Love Thee

    "Utah We Love Thee" is the official state hymn of Utah. The song was written by Utah resident Evan Stephens in 1895. It was performed at celebrations held in 1896 when Utah become the 45th state. Evan Stephens was the Mormon Tabernacle Choir conductor from 1890 to 1916. The Utah State legislature made Utah We Love Thee the official Utah state song in 1937. In 2003, the Utah legislature voted to replace it with a new state song, Utah, This is the Place, and make Utah, We Love Thee the official state hymn.
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    Violin Concerto

    Violin Concerto

    • Composer: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    The Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35, written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky in 1878, is one of the best known of all violin concertos. It is also considered to be among the most technically difficult works for violin. The concerto is scored for two flutes, two oboes, two clarinets in A and B-flat, two bassoons, four horns in F, two trumpets in D, timpani and strings. As with most concertos, the piece is in three movements: There is no break or pause between the second and third movements. A typical performance runs approximately 35 minutes. The piece was written in Clarens, a Swiss resort on the shores of Lake Geneva, where Tchaikovsky had gone to recover from the depression brought on by his disastrous marriage to Antonina Miliukova. Tchaikovsky was joined there by his composition pupil, the violinist Iosif Kotek, who had been in Berlin for violin studies with Joseph Joachim. The two played works for violin and piano together, including a violin-and-piano arrangement of Édouard Lalo's Symphonie espagnole, which they may have played through the day after Kotek's arrival. This work may have been the catalyst for the composition of the concerto. He wrote to his patroness Nadezhda von
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    Jana Gana Mana

    Jana Gana Mana

    • Composer: Rabindranath Tagore
    • Lyricist: Rabindranath Tagore
    "Jana Gana Mana " (Bengali: জন গণ মন, Sanskrit: जन गण मन) is the national anthem of India. Written in highly Sanskritised (Tatsama) Bengali, it is the first of five stanzas of a Brahmo hymn composed and scored by Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore. It was first sung in Calcutta Session of the Indian National Congress on 27 December 1911. "Jana Gana Mana" was officially adopted by the Constituent Assembly as the Indian national anthem on 24 January 1950. 27 December 2011 marked the completion of 100 years of Jana Gana Mana since it was sung for the first time. As there is enormous diversity in Indian languages, it is interesting to know how the National Anthem that is written in Bengali can be understood by other Indians who do not know Bengali. The song has a lot of Sanskrit words that also are found in the majority of Indian languages with the same meaning. This makes the song understandable to non-Bengali speaking Indians. The original poem written by Rabindranath Tagore was translated into Hindi by Abid Ali. The original Hindi version of the song Jana Gana Mana, translated by Ali and based on the poem by Tagore, was a little different. It was "Sukh Chain Ki Barkha Barase,
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    L'amour à la française

    L'amour à la française

    • Recorded versions: L'Amour à la française
    "L'amour à la française" is a song by French band/group Les Fatals Picards. It was the French entry at the Eurovision Song Contest 2007. It is a love song, using Franglais, a mixture of French and English, and according to the songwriters meant to combine French romance and punk for beginners. The lyric is a lighthearted dig at the most common stereotypes and misconceptions of France, the French people, the French language, French culture and in general all things French, with references to "the Eiffel Tower", "Chanel handbags", "the Seine", "Les Champs-Elysées", "Le Moulin Rouge" - but in equal measures an ironic dig at the Anglosphere's general inability to pronounce French properly, hence the thick Franglais accent. The song was performed 13th on the night, following Sweden's The Ark with "The Worrying Kind" and preceding Latvia's Bonaparti.lv with "Questa Notte". Out of 24 entries, the song finished in 22nd place in the final, gathering 19 points. It was succeeded as French representative at the 2008 Contest by Sébastien Tellier with "Divine".
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    You've Got a Friend

    You've Got a Friend

    • Composer: Carole King
    • Recorded versions: You've Got a Friend
    "You've Got a Friend" is a song from 1971, originally written and performed by Carole King. It was included in her album Tapestry of 1971, but was made famous by James Taylor's cover version the same year. Taylor's rendition, released as a single from his own 1971 album Mud Slide Slim and the Blue Horizon, reached number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 4 on the UK Singles Chart. The James Taylor version also spent one week at the top of the Easy Listening charts. "You've Got a Friend" won Grammy Awards both for Taylor (Best Male Pop Vocal Performance) and King (Song of the Year). Joni Mitchell sings harmony. The song was recorded also during 1971 by Dusty Springfield, a recording that predates Taylor's version. It was recorded for her third album for Atlantic Records, but a dispute with the company meant the album was unreleased. The song was left unissued until 1999, when it was issued as a bonus track for the Rhino Records deluxe re-release of Dusty in Memphis. Another live version was recorded by Donny Hathaway on his 1972 Live album and the posthumously released These Songs for You, Live!. Barry Manilow performs the song along with Melissa Manchester on his album Duets.
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    God Save the Tsar!

    God Save the Tsar!

    • Composer: Alexei Fyodorovich Lvov
    "God Save the Tsar!" (Russian: Боже, Царя храни!; transliteration: Bozhe, Tsarya khrani!) was the national anthem of the late Russian Empire. The song was chosen from a competition held in 1833. The composer was violinist Alexei Lvov, and the lyrics were by the court poet Vasily Zhukovsky. It was the anthem until the Russian Revolution of 1917, after which "Worker's Marseillaise" was adopted as the new national anthem until the overthrow of the Russian Provisional Government. Many composers made use of the theme in their compositions, most notably Tchaikovsky, who quoted it in the 1812 Overture, the Marche Slave, his overture on the Danish national anthem, and the Festival Coronation March. During the Soviet era, authorities altered Tchaikovsky's music (such as the 1812 Overture and Marche Slave), substituting other patriotic melodies for "God Save the Tsar." Charles Gounod uses the theme in his Fantaisie sur l'Hymne National Russe (Fantasy on the Russian National Hymn). William Walton's score for the 1970 film Three Sisters, based on Chekhov's play, is dominated by the theme. In 1842, English author Henry F. Chorley wrote God, the Omnipotent! set to Lvov's tune and published in
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    My Lovin'

    My Lovin'

    • Recorded versions: My Lovin'
    "My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It)" is the first single from musical group En Vogue's second album, Funky Divas. It has been certified gold by the RIAA for shipments of over 500,000 units. The song features Maxine Jones and Dawn Robinson on lead vocals. In a 1992 article En Vogue mentioned this was one of the last songs they recorded for Funky Divas, which resulted in it being released as a single so close to the album's release date. The song appears in the 1995 movie Canaleo and the 2007 Chris Rock film, I Think I Love My Wife, as well as on the soundtrack to video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. Also, on the episode of Sabrina, the Teenage Witch in the episode, "Ping, Ping A Song". This song contains a sample of the guitar riff from the James Brown song "The Payback". The guitar sample is looped throughout the entire song and forms the basis of the melody. VH1 ranked it #43 on its list for the "100 Greatest Songs of the '90s". "My Lovin'" was the group's fourth number one on the Hot Soul charts. It debuted on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 singles chart at #71, the week of March 21, 1992, and jumped to #47 by the following week. The single glided into the top tier, reaching
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    Paint Pastel Princess

    Paint Pastel Princess

    • Recorded versions: Paint Pastel Princess
    The discography of Silverchair, an Australian alternative rock band, consists of five studio albums, twenty-two singles, two live albums, two best of albums, and four video releases. Silverchair's first single, "Tomorrow", was highly successful upon release in 1994, which provided the band an opportunity to re-release the song, and also to film their debut music video. Shortly after, they released their debut album; Frogstomp. Achieving success in the United States and performing around the world, Silverchair's band members continued with their school studies, and in 1997 released Freak Show, which sold over 3 million copies worldwide. Following the success of 1999's Neon Ballroom, Silverchair toured worldwide, then announced a break following the termination of their contract with Sony. The band joined Eleven, a record label formed by their manager, John Watson. Silverchair returned to recording in June 2001, and released Diorama in 2002. Lead singer Daniel Johns succumbed to reactive arthritis while the band were touring to promote the album, and after the 2002 ARIA Awards the band announced an indefinite hiatus. Silverchair reunited after Wave Aid in 2005, and released Young
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    Cult of Personality

    Cult of Personality

    • Composer: Will Calhoun
    • Lyricist: Will Calhoun
    • Recorded versions: Cult of Personality
    "Cult of Personality" is a song by funk metal band Living Colour. It was the first single from their debut album, Vivid, released in 1988. "Cult of Personality" reached #13 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #9 on the Billboard Album Rock Tracks chart. It also won the Grammy award for "Best Hard Rock Performance" in 1989. Its music video earned two MTV Video Music Awards for Best Group Video and Best New Artist. The song was ranked #69 on VH1's 100 Greatest Hard Rock Songs. The solo was ranked #87 in Guitar World's "100 Greatest Guitar Solos" list. It was also selected as one of many songs you must hear & download in the musical reference book, 1001 Songs You Must Hear Before You Die: And 10,001 You Must Download. In 2007, the song was re-recorded and released for the video game Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock because the band no longer owns the rights to the original. It also appeared in the famous video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas on the radio station "Radio X". The band's founder, Vernon Reid described the song as very special for the band not just for its commercial success but because it was essentially written in just one rehearsal session. The riff was stumbled upon while
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    Goldberg Variations

    Goldberg Variations

    • Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
    • Recorded versions: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Aria
    The Goldberg Variations, BWV 988, is a work for harpsichord by Johann Sebastian Bach, consisting of an aria and a set of 30 variations. First published in 1741, the work is considered to be one of the most important examples of variation form. The Variations are named after Johann Gottlieb Goldberg, who may have been the first performer. The tale of how the variations came to be composed comes from an early biography of Bach by Johann Nikolaus Forkel: Forkel wrote his biography in 1802, more than 60 years after the events related, and its accuracy has been questioned. The lack of dedication on the title page of the "Aria with Diverse Variations" also makes the tale of the commission unlikely. Goldberg's age at the time of publication (14 years) has also been cited as grounds for doubting Forkel's tale, although it must be said that he was known to be an accomplished keyboardist and sight-reader. In a recent book-length study, keyboardist and Bach scholar Peter Williams contends that the Forkel story is entirely spurious. The aria on which the variations are based was suggested by Arnold Schering not to have been written by Bach. More recent scholarly literature (such as the edition
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    Nixon in China

    Nixon in China

    • Composer: John Coolidge Adams
    Nixon in China is an opera in three acts by John Adams, with a libretto by Alice Goodman. Adams' first opera, it was inspired by the 1972 visit to China by US President Richard Nixon. The work premiered at the Houston Grand Opera on October 22, 1987, in a production by Peter Sellars with choreography by Mark Morris. When Sellars approached Adams with the idea for the opera in 1985, Adams was initially reluctant, but eventually decided that the work could be a study in how myths come to be, and accepted the project. Goodman's libretto was the result of considerable research into Nixon's visit, though she disregarded most sources published after 1972. To create the sounds he sought, Adams augmented the orchestra with a large saxophone section, additional percussion, and electronic synthesizer. Although sometimes described as "minimalist", the score displays a variety of musical styles, embracing minimalism after the manner of Philip Glass alongside passages echoing 19th century composers such as Wagner and Johann Strauss. With these ingredients, Adams mixes Stravinskian 20th century neoclassicism, jazz references, and big band sounds reminiscent of Nixon's youth in the 1930s. The
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    Sweet Adeline

    Sweet Adeline

    • Recorded versions: Sweet Adeline
    "(You're the Flower of My Heart,) Sweet Adeline" is a ballad best known as a barbershop standard. It was first published in 1903, with lyrics by Richard H. Gerard to music by Harry Armstrong, from a tune he had written in 1896 at the age of 18. According to a 1928 newspaper story, the lyrics were inspired "by a girl who worked at the music counter of a New York department store." After failing to find a publisher with the initial title, "You're the Flower of My Heart, Sweet Rosalie", according to a story the two decided a new title was in order and were inspired by a poster advertising the farewell tour of opera singer Adelina Patti. It did not become a hit until it was performed in 1904 by the group The Quaker City Four. John F. Fitzgerald, who served as mayor of Boston, represented Massachusetts in Congress and was the maternal grandfather of President John F. Kennedy, made "Sweet Adeline" his theme song in 1909. Over the next four decades, he personally sang it at countless political and social events and on the radio. A piece of "Sweet Adeline" was featured in Broadway Folly, a 1930 Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoon. The song was performed by The Marx Brothers in their 1931 film
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    The Way You Do the Things You Do

    The Way You Do the Things You Do

    • Recorded versions: The Way You do the Things you do
    "The Way You Do the Things You Do" is a 1964 hit single by The Temptations for the Gordy (Motown) label. Written by Miracles members Smokey Robinson and Bobby Rogers, the single was The Temptations' first charting single on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking in the Top 20 at number eleven and also went to number one on the Cash Box R&B chart. Falsetto Eddie Kendricks sings lead on the record, composed by Robinson and Rogers while on the road with The Miracles as part of the Motortown Revue tour. Its plethora of pick-up lines ("You got a smile so bright/you know you coulda been a candle/I'm holding you so tight/You know you coulda been a handle") began as a light-hearted joke between Robinson and Rogers to pass time on the long bus rides. Realizing they had something they could work with, the Miracles kept the lyrics in mind and prepared the song for the Temptations, who by this time had only one single that had ever made it onto a Billboard chart (1962's "Dream Come True" made it to #22 on the R&B singles chart) and six flopped singles. This version of the song actually appears on two of their early 1960s albums; 1964's Meet The Temptations, and 1965's The Temptations Sing Smokey. The
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    Wesendonck-Lieder

    Wesendonck-Lieder

    • Composer: Richard Wagner
    • Lyricist: Mathilde Wesendonck
    The Wesendonck Lieder, WWV 91, is a song cycle composed by Richard Wagner while he was working on Die Walküre. This and the Siegfried Idyll are his only two non-operatic works that are still regularly performed. The Wesendonck Lieder were published under the title Fünf Gedichte von Mathilde Wesendonk für eine Frauenstimme und Klavier in 1857 and 1858 by C. F. Peters. The cycle is a setting of poems by Mathilde Wesendonck, the wife of one of Wagner's patrons. Wagner had become acquainted with Otto Wesendonck in Zurich, where he had fled on his escape from Saxony after the May Uprising in Dresden in 1849. For a time Wagner and his wife Minna lived together in the Asyl (German for Asylum in the sense of "sanctuary"), a small cottage on the Wesendonck estate. It is sometimes claimed that Wagner and Mathilde had a love affair; in any case, the situation and mutual infatuation certainly contributed to the intensity of the first act of Die Walküre which Wagner was working on at the time, and the conceiving of Tristan und Isolde; there is certainly an influence on Mathilde's poems as well. The poems themselves are in a wistful, pathos-laden style influenced by Wilhelm Müller, the author of
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    Ain't Never Gonna Give You Up

    Ain't Never Gonna Give You Up

    • Recorded versions: Ain't Never Gonna Give You Up
    "Ain't Never Gonna Give You Up", with Color Me Badd providing background vocals, is the third and final single from Paula Abdul's album, Head over Heels. The song was written by Bryan Abrams, Curtis "Fitz" Williams, Elliot Wolff, Howie Tee, Kevin Thornton, and Mark Calderon. Both the single and video received very little airplay on radio, MTV and VH1, explaining why the song failed to chart on the Billboard Hot 100. Instead, it reached the Bubbling Under chart, peaking at #12 (equivalent to #112 on the Hot 100). The single also peaked at #57 in Australia and narrowly missed the top 30 in Canada. The single became Abdul's first single that failed to enter the Hot 100. Abdul performed this song live only once in "The Tonight Show" with Jay Leno. She did a very jazzy-fun version for the presentation. US 5" CD 1 Ain't Never Gonna Give You Up - Single Edit (Bryan Abrams; Curtis "Fitz" Williams; Elliot Wolff; Howie Tee; Kevin Thornton; Mark Calderon)3:27 2 Ain't Never Gonna Give You Up - Livingsting Remix 3:57 3 Ain't Never Gonna Give You Up - Livingsting Club Mix 4:09 4 Love Don't Come Easy - LP (Paula Abdul; Da'Count; Eric Monsanty; Howard Hersh; Iki Levy; Robb Boldt) 4:14
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    Anchors Aweigh

    Anchors Aweigh

    • Composer: Charles A. Zimmerman
    "Anchors Aweigh" is the fight song of the United States Naval Academy, and strongly associated with the United States Navy, composed in 1906 by Charles A. Zimmerman with lyrics by Alfred Hart Miles. Zimmerman was at the time a Lieutenant, and had been bandmaster of the United States Naval Academy Band since 1887. Miles was Midshipman First Class at the Academy, in the class of 1907, and asked Zimmerman to assist him in composing a song for that class, to be used as a football march. Another Academy Midshipman, Royal Lovell (class of 1926) later wrote what would be adopted into the song as its third verse. The original lyrics, in two verses by Miles, were: The Lottman-Savino version published around 1950 in London by Francis, Day & Hunter is: Verse 1 Bridge Verse 2 The current lyrics include three verses and two bridges; the second verse is the one most commonly sung. Verse 1 (la la la tune) Bridge Verse 2 Bridge Verse 3 As of the Summer of 2004, the verses taught at Navy Boot Camp are: Verse 1 Verse 2 (most widely sung) The bridge is kept, and that the references to college are completely dropped. Another widely sung version of the lyrics was published in the children's songbook
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    Fair Antigua, We Salute Thee

    Fair Antigua, We Salute Thee

    "Fair Antigua, We Salute Thee" is the national anthem of Antigua and Barbuda. Written by Novelle Hamilton Richards and composed by Walter Garnet Picart Chambers, it was adopted upon independence in 1981. God Save the Queen is still the Royal anthem.
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    God Save the Queen

    God Save the Queen

    • Composer: Thomas Arne
    • Lyricist: Henry Carey
    • Recorded versions: Great Britain: God Save the Queen (long)
    "God Save the Queen" (alternatively "God Save the King") is an anthem used in a number of Commonwealth realms, their territories, and the British Crown Dependencies. The words and title are adapted to the gender of the current monarch, e.g., replacing "Queen" with "King", "she" with "he", and so forth, when a king reigns. The author of the tune is unknown, and it may originate in plainchant, but a 1619 attribution to John Bull is sometimes made. God Save the Queen is the de facto British national anthem and has this role in some British territories. It is one of two national anthems for New Zealand (since 1977) and for several of Britain's territories that have their own additional local anthem. It is the royal anthem of Australia (since 1984), Canada (since 1980), Barbados, Jamaica, and Tuvalu. In countries not previously part of the British Empire, the tune of "God Save the Queen" has provided the basis for various patriotic songs, though still generally connected with royal ceremony. In the United States, the tune is used for the patriotic "My Country, 'Tis of Thee." Beyond its first verse, which is consistent, it has many historic and extant versions: Since its first
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    Irreplaceable

    Irreplaceable

    • Composer: Beyoncé
    • Recorded versions: Irreplaceable
    "Irreplaceable" is a song recorded by American R&B singer Beyoncé Knowles for her second studio album, B'Day (2006). The song was written by Knowles, Shaffer "Ne-Yo" Smith, Tor Erik Hermansen, Mikkel S. Eriksen, Espen Lind, Amund Bjørklund, and produced by Stargate and Knowles. "Irreplaceable" was originally a country record; it was re-arranged as a mid-tempo pop ballad with R&B influences by modifying the vocal arrangements and instrumentation. During the production and recording sessions, Knowles' and Ne-Yo wanted to create a record that people of either gender could relate to. The song's lyrics are about the breakdown of a relationship with an unfaithful man and the song contains a message about female empowerment. Following the moderate chart performances of "Déjà Vu" and "Ring the Alarm", "Irreplaceable" was released on December 5, 2006 in the United States as the album's third single, and the second single in other countries. The single was released through Columbia Records. "Irreplaceable" was well received by contemporary music critics, who cited its distinct production compared with most songs featured on the album, and complimented its hook, "To the left, to the left".
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    Laid to Rest

    Laid to Rest

    • Composer: Lamb of God
    • Lyricist: Lamb of God
    • Recorded versions: Laid to Rest
    "Laid to Rest" is a song by the groove metal band Lamb Of God from their fourth album, Ashes of the Wake. It was the first single from the album, and a music video was made for it. The song is meant to be a first-person narrative of a murder victim, haunting his killer from beyond the grave. On the other side, the lyrics may also have a connection to the Iraq War, like most of the songs from Ashes of the Wake. This song has recently been covered live by hip hop band Gym Class Heroes during the 2008 Vans Warped Tour.
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    Martha My Dear

    Martha My Dear

    • Composer: John Lennon & Paul McCartney
    • Lyricist: John Lennon & Paul McCartney
    • Recorded versions: Martha My Dear
    "Martha My Dear" is a Beatles song written by Paul McCartney (credited to Lennon–McCartney), which first appeared on the double album The Beatles (also known as The White Album). McCartney is the only Beatle to appear on this track. The song features a music hall-inspired piano line that recurs throughout the piece, as well as a brass section. The song modulates smoothly through several keys. The song key is E-flat major, showing up embellished chords with jazzy sprinkled dissonances. The verse is a syncopated replicate of the first melodic section adding two extra beats, a technique similar to that used later by McCartney in “Two of Us”. Though the bridge is in the key of F major, the manner in which it abruptly sets in and exits makes it sound more out-of-the-way than it really is. The title "Martha My Dear" was inspired by McCartney's Old English Sheepdog, also named Martha. McCartney has said that the song itself is probably about his longtime love interest Jane Asher. Asher broke off their engagement in mid-1968. McCartney chides her with the lyrics in the song "...when you find yourself in the thick of it, help yourself to a bit of what is all around you..." Asher inspired
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    Temptation Waits

    Temptation Waits

    • Lyricist: Garbage
    • Recorded versions: Temptation Waits
    "Temptation Waits" is a 1998 alternative rock song performed by the band Garbage and is featured in their second studio album Version 2.0 as the opening song. Despite not being released as an international single, "Temptation Waits" was released as an airplay-only sixth single in Spain the following year to mark the year-long chart run of Version 2.0 on the Spanish album charts and to mark its certification of the European Platinum Award by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry for 1 million sales of Version 2.0 across Europe. In North America, "Temptation Waits" was licensed to numerous television shows, such as Angel, Dawson's Creek, The Sopranos and Buffy the Vampire Slayer; it also was the stand-out inclusion on the 1999 tie-in Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Album and featured heavily in promotional releases for the compilation. Garbage began writing their second album, which would go under the working title of Sad Alcoholic Clowns, in March 1997 in the band's label-head Jerry Moss's Friday Harbor, Washington, vacation house. The group demoed and made rough outlines for new songs, of which "Temptation", was one of. When they felt they had made a good start,
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    The Rite of Spring

    The Rite of Spring

    • Composer: Igor Stravinsky
    • Recorded versions: The Rite of Spring
    The Rite of Spring, French title Le Sacre du Printemps (Russian: Весна священная, Vesna svyashchennaya) is a ballet and orchestral concert work by the Russian composer Igor Stravinsky. It was written for the 1913 Paris season of Sergei Diaghilev's Ballets Russes company, with choreography by Vaslav Nijinsky and stage designs and costumes by Nikolai Roerich. When the ballet was first performed, at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées on 29 May 1913, the avant-garde nature of the music and choreography caused a near-riot in the audience. Nevertheless, Stravinsky's music achieved rapid success as a concert piece and became recognised as one of the most influential musical works of the 20th century. It is very widely performed in the concert hall and is frequently revived on the stage. Stravinsky was a young, virtually unknown composer when Diaghilev recruited him to create works for the Ballets Russes. The Rite was the third such project, after the acclaimed The Firebird and Petrushka. The concept behind The Rite, developed by Roerich from Stravinsky's outline idea, is suggested by its subtitle, "Pictures of Pagan Russia"; in the scenario, after various primitive rituals celebrating the
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    We Will Rock You

    We Will Rock You

    • Composer: Brian May
    • Recorded versions: We Will Rock You
    "We Will Rock You" is a song written by Brian May and recorded and performed by Queen for their 1977 album News of the World. Rolling Stone ranked it number 330 of "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time" in 2004, and the RIAA placed it at number 146 on its list of Songs of the Century. In 2009, "We Will Rock You" was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. Other than the last 30 seconds containing a guitar solo by May, the song is generally set in a cappella form, using only stomping and clapping as a rhythmic beat. In 1977, "We Will Rock You" and "We Are the Champions" were issued together as a worldwide top ten single. Soon after the album was released, many radio stations began playing the songs back to back without interruption. Since its release, "We Will Rock You" has been covered, remixed, sampled, parodied, referenced and used by multiple recording artists, TV shows, films and other media worldwide. This song and its well-known partner "We Are the Champions" were written in response to an event occurring in the 1977 British Tour. The band had played a gig at Stafford's Bingley Hall, and, says Brian May: 'We did an encore and then went off, and instead of just keeping clapping,
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    Who's That Girl

    Who's That Girl

    • Composer: Patrick Leonard
    • Recorded versions: Who's That Girl
    "Who's That Girl" is a song by American singer-songwriter Madonna from the soundtrack album Who's That Girl of the motion picture of same name. It was released on June 30, 1987, by Sire Records as the first single from the album. It later appeared on the 1991 UK compilation EP The Holiday Collection, which was released to accompany the 1990 compilation album The Immaculate Collection, and has since been included on the two-disc edition of her 2009 greatest hits album Celebration. While shooting for the film, then called Slammer, Madonna had requested Patrick Leonard to develop an uptempo song that captured the nature of her film persona. She later added the lyrics and vocals to the demo tape developed by Leonard, and decided to call both the song and the movie "Who's That Girl". Featuring instrumentation from drums, bass, and stringed instruments, "Who's That Girl" continued Madonna's fascination with Hispanic culture by incorporating Spanish lyrics and using the effect of double vocals. Although it received mixed reactions from reviewers, the song became Madonna's sixth single to top the Billboard Hot 100, while peaking atop the charts in countries like the United Kingdom, Canada,
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    Die Walküre

    Die Walküre

    • Composer: Richard Wagner
    • Lyricist: Richard Wagner
    • Recorded versions: Die Walküre
    Die Walküre (The Valkyrie), WWV 86B, is the second of the four operas that form the cycle Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring of the Nibelung), by Richard Wagner. Die Walküre's best-known excerpt is the "Ride of the Valkyries". Wagner took his tale from the Norse mythology told in the Volsunga Saga and the Poetic Edda. It received its premiere at the National Theatre Munich on 26 June 1870 at the insistence of King Ludwig II of Bavaria. It premiered in Wagner's Bayreuth Festival as part of the complete cycle on 14 August 1876. The opera made its United States premiere at the Academy of Music in New York on 2 April 1877. Although Die Walküre is the second of the Ring operas, it was the third in order of conception. Wagner worked backwards from planning an opera about Siegfried's death, then deciding he needed another opera to tell of Siegfried's youth, then deciding he needed to tell the tale of Siegfried's conception and of Brünnhilde's attempts to save Siegfried's parents, and finally deciding he also needed a prelude that told of the original theft of the Rheingold and creation of the ring. Wagner intermingled development of the text of these last two planned operas, i.e. Die
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    La Marseillaise

    La Marseillaise

    • Composer: Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle
    • Lyricist: Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle
    • Recorded versions: La Marseillaise
    "La Marseillaise" (English: "The Song of Marseille"; French pronunciation: [la maʁsɛjɛz]) is the national anthem of France. The song, originally titled "Chant de guerre pour l'Armée du Rhin" (English: "War Song for the Army of the Rhine") was written and composed by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle in 1792. The French National Convention adopted it as the Republic's anthem in 1795. The name of the song is due to first being sung on the streets by volunteers from Marseille. The song is the first example of the "European march" anthemic style. The anthem's evocative melody and lyrics have led to its widespread use as a song of revolution and its incorporation into many pieces of classical and popular music (see below: Musical quotations). On 25 April 1792, the mayor of Strasbourg requested his guest Rouget de Lisle compose a song "that will rally our soldiers from all over to defend their homeland that is under threat". That evening, Rouget de Lisle wrote Chant de guerre pour l'Armée du Rhin and dedicated the song to Marshal Nicolas Luckner, a Bavarian in French service from Cham. The melody soon became the rallying call to the French Revolution and was adopted as La Marseillaise after
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    Salome

    Salome

    • Composer: Richard Strauss
    Salome, Op. 54, is an opera in one act by Richard Strauss to a German libretto by the composer, based on Hedwig Lachmann's German translation of the French play Salomé by Oscar Wilde. Strauss dedicated the opera to his friend Sir Edgar Speyer. The opera is famous (at the time of its premiere, infamous) for its "Dance of the Seven Veils". It is now better known for the more shocking final scene (often a concert-piece for dramatic sopranos), where Salome declares her love to – and kisses – the severed head of John the Baptist. Oscar Wilde originally wrote his Salomé in French. Strauss saw the play in Lachmann's version and immediately set to work on the opera. The play's formal structure was well-suited to musical adaptation. Wilde himself described Salomé as containing "refrains whose recurring motifs [Wilde's emphasis] make it so like a piece of music and bind it together as a ballad". Strauss composed the opera in German, and that is the version that has become widely known. It has a long history, however, of being presented also in French, which was the language in which perhaps the world's most famous proponent of the role, Mary Garden, sang the opera in New York, Chicago,
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    Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?

    Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?

    • Recorded versions: Brother Can You Spare a Dime?
    "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?", also sung as "Buddy, Can You Spare a Dime?", is one of the best-known American songs of the Great Depression. Written in 1931 by lyricist E. Y. "Yip" Harburg and composer Jay Gorney, "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?" was part of the 1932 musical New Americana; the melody is based on a Russian lullaby Gorney heard as a child. It became best known, however, through recordings by Bing Crosby and Rudy Vallee. Both versions were released right before Franklin Delano Roosevelt's election to the presidency and both became number one hits on the charts. The Brunswick Crosby recording became the best-selling record of its period, and came to be viewed as an anthem of the shattered dreams of the era. The song asks why the men who built the nation – built the railroads, built the skyscrapers – who fought in the war (World War I), who tilled the earth, who did what their nation asked of them should, now that the work is done and their labor no longer necessary, find themselves abandoned, in bread lines. It refers to "Yankee Doodle Dum", a reference to patriotism, and the evocation of veterans also recalls military bonuses, which were a topical issue – see the
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    Live to Tell

    Live to Tell

    • Recorded versions: Live to Tell
    "Live to Tell" is a pop ballad by American singer-songwriter Madonna. Originally written by Patrick Leonard for the soundtrack of the film Fire with Fire, the song was shown to Madonna, who decided to use it for then-husband Sean Penn's film At Close Range. It was produced by Leonard and Madonna for her third studio album True Blue, released in mid-1986, later appearing as a remix on the 1990 compilation album The Immaculate Collection, in its original form on the 1995 ballads compilation album Something to Remember, and most recently on her third compilation album Celebration (again in its original form), released in September 2009. The song includes instrumentation from guitars, keyboards, drums and a synthesizer, and its lyrics deal with deceit, mistrust and childhood scars. It is also about being strong, which Madonna recalled in an interview that she thought about her relationship with her parents, while writing the lyrics. The music video, directed by James Foley, shows Madonna's first image makeover, featuring her with a cleaner look, shoulder-length wavy golden blond hair, conservative wardrobe and subtle make-up. This toned down blond appearance was again inspired by
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    Mudmen

    Mudmen

    • Lyricist: David Gilmour
    • Recorded versions: Mudmen
    "Mudmen" is an instrumental track from Pink Floyd's 1972 album Obscured by Clouds. The tune is similar to that of the third track on the same album ("Burning Bridges") but develops the themes and leitmotifs of the tune further, with the time signature changed from 6/8 to 4/4. It is the only piece credited to Wright/Gilmour until "Cluster One" from their 1994 album The Division Bell.
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    Our Delaware

    Our Delaware

    Our Delaware is a poem written by George Beswick Hynson, published in 1906. It comprises three verses, each honoring one of Delaware's three counties, with the fourth verse added by Donn Devine commemorating the American Revolution Bicentennial in 1976. It became the state song in 1925 by an act of the General Assembly. The musical score was composed by Will M. S. Brown specifically for the poem. (repeat chorus) (repeat chorus) (repeat chorus)
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    Running to Stand Still

    Running to Stand Still

    • Lyricist: Bono
    • Recorded versions: Running to Stand Still
    "Running to Stand Still" is a song by rock band U2, and it is the fifth track from their 1987 album, The Joshua Tree. A slow ballad based on piano and guitar, it describes a heroin-addicted couple living in Dublin's Ballymun flats; the towers have since become associated with the song. Though a lot of time was dedicated to the lyrics, the music was improvised with co-producer Daniel Lanois during a recording session for the album. The group explored American music for The Joshua Tree, and as such, "Running to Stand Still" demonstrates folk rock and acoustic blues influences. The song was praised by critics, many of them calling it one of the record's best tracks. It has since been included in the regular set lists of four U2 concert tours, in two different arrangements and with several possible thematic interpretations. Since the song's release, the phrase "running to stand still" has become more widely used. "Running to Stand Still" was written by U2 in the context of the heroin addiction epidemic in Dublin of the 1980s, much like "Bad" (and to some extent "Wire") had been from their 1984 album The Unforgettable Fire. Bassist Adam Clayton has referred to the song as "Bad Part II".
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    Supervixen

    Supervixen

    • Recorded versions: Supervixen
    "Supervixen" is a 1995 song written, recorded and produced by alternative rock group Garbage, and was the opening track of the band's self-titled debut album. "Supervixen" was titled after Russ Meyer's 1975 violent love-triangle movie Supervixens. In North America, "Supervixen" was released as an airplay-only single to alternative radio in October 1996. At the time, "Stupid Girl" was still charting highly on the Hot 100, and the band's debut album had been certified platinum by the RIAA for shipping a million units within the United States. "Supervixen" was written by Garbage in 1994 during sessions between band members Butch Vig, Duke Erikson, Shirley Manson and Steve Marker at Smart Studios in Madison, Wisconsin. Madison session musician Mike Kashou performed bass guitar on "Supervixen". Manson fought with the rest of the band over a rap-lite vocal she had ad-libbed in the recording booth ("Now I want it too much, now I wanted to stop, now I'm lucky like a falling star fell over me") that she was particularly fond of. She won out, and the part was looped as a backing vocal towards the end of the song. Another part ("yeah, you worry too much, now it's got to be stopped")
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    The Gold It's In The...

    The Gold It's In The...

    • Lyricist: David Gilmour
    • Recorded versions: The Gold It's in The...
    The Gold It's in the.. is a song from Pink Floyd's 1972 album Obscured by Clouds. It features an upbeat tempo, which is uncommon for Pink Floyd. Although it mainly expresses that the band has yet another side to their music, this song faces many harsh criticisms. It was also a b-side to the song "Free Four" on the single released in Italy On the US single, the b-side for Free Four was "Stay". Some critics felt that this song has more of a general 70s rock sound, rather than the usual music produced by Pink Floyd. Other criticisms include that the lyrics are too straightforward and lack depth, however there are Pink Floyd fans who see this more as the band being diverse and experimental. The theme of the song is one of a hippy idealist. The lyrics describe a man who's on an adventure only for "the ride", implying he has a carefree sprit and does not care to keep any treasures him and his fellow adventurers find.
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    Elektra

    Elektra

    • Composer: Richard Strauss
    Elektra, Op. 58, is a one-act opera by Richard Strauss, to a German-language libretto by Hugo von Hofmannsthal, which he adapted from his 1903 drama Elektra. The opera was the first of many collaborations between Strauss and Hofmannsthal. It was first performed at the Dresden State Opera on January 25, 1909. Elektra is musically complex and difficult, and requires great stamina for the singers and orchestra. The role of Elektra is one of the most demanding in the dramatic soprano repertoire. Despite being based on ancient Greek mythology, the opera is highly modernist and expressionist. Hofmannsthal and Strauss's adaptation of the story focuses tightly on Elektra, thoroughly developing her character by single-mindedly expressing her emotions and psychology as she meets with other characters mostly one at a time. The other characters are Klytaemnestra, Elektra's mother and murderer of Agamemnon, Elektra's father; her brother Orestes; and her sister Chrysothemis. All three show little development and are secondary to the story. Everything else from the ancient story is minimized as background to Elektra's character and her obsession. Other aspects of the ancient story are completely
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    Fly Me to the Moon

    Fly Me to the Moon

    • Composer: Bart Howard
    • Recorded versions: Fly Me to the Moon
    "Fly Me to the Moon" is a popular standard song written by Bart Howard in 1954. It was originally titled "In Other Words", and was introduced by Felicia Sanders in cabarets. The song became known popularly as "Fly Me to the Moon" from the first line of the B verse, and after a few years the publishers changed the title to that officially.
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    Go Getta

    Go Getta

    "Go Getta" is the second single from Def Jam artist Young Jeezy off his second album The Inspiration, it features singer R. Kelly. The song samples "Born On Halloween" by Blue Magic. It was released in late January. This song was #76 on Rolling Stone's list of the 100 Best Songs of 2007. Shortly after the release of the song, a feud was created with Young Jeezy and R. Kelly, which also involved Jay-Z and Ne-Yo after a tour incident. The making of the video was featured on BET's Access Granted on Tuesday February 7, 2007. The Runners, Young Buck, and Slick Pulla made cameos in the video. The official remix appears on the mixtape Young Jeezy Presents USDA: Cold Summer, featuring R. Kelly, Bun B, & Jadakiss. The remix is produced by Drumma Boy. Several freestyles were also made by Lil Wayne ("N.O. Nigga") and Chamillionaire ("Mo Scrilla").
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    Man of Sorrows

    Man of Sorrows

    • Recorded versions: Man of Sorrows
    Man of Sorrows is the second single from Bruce Dickinson's fourth solo album, Accident of Birth, released on 3 June 1997. The song was originally written for a film called Chemical Wedding, which existed only as a script at the time (it was eventually filmed and released in May 2008). The original version of the song is included on the Best Of Bruce Dickinson album and was recorded in 1990, engineered by André Jacquemin (who is better known for his sound-engineer work for Monty Python) and with Janick Gers on guitar. In interviews, Bruce Dickinson has stated that the song's lyrics are about the occult English writer Aleister Crowley. The repeated expression "Do what thou wilt!" refers to the motto of the Abbey of Thelema, which the French Renaissance writer François Rabelais invented in his philosophical work Gargantua. In this abbey, men and women live together in peace and harmony according to the principle: In all their rule and strictest tie of their order there was but this one clause to be observed, Do What Thou Wilt; because men that are free, well-born, well-bred, and conversant in honest companies, have naturally an instinct and spur that prompteth them unto virtuous
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    Old Folks at Home

    Old Folks at Home

    • Composer: Stephen Foster
    • Recorded versions: Old Folks at Home
    "Old Folks at Home" (also known as "Swanee Ribber" or "Suwannee River") is a minstrel song written by Stephen Foster in 1851. It is the official state song of Florida. Written for performance by the New York blackface troupe Christy's Minstrels, the song has E. P. Christy, the troupe's leader, appearing as its creator on early printings of the sheet music. Christy had paid Foster to be credited, something Foster himself had suggested though later regretted. Foster had composed most of the lyrics but was trying to give a name to the river of the opening line and asked his brother to suggest one. The first suggestion was "Yazoo" (in Mississippi), which despite fitting the melody perfectly, Foster rejected. The second suggestion was "Pee Dee" (in South Carolina), to which Foster said, "Oh pshaw! I won't have that." His brother then consulted an atlas and called out "Suwannee!" Foster said "That's it exactly!" He wrote it in immediately (misspelling it "Swanee" to fit the melody). Foster himself never saw the Suwannee or even visited Florida, but the popularity of the song initiated tourism to Florida to see the river and since 1935 it has been the official state song of Florida,
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    Remember a Day

    Remember a Day

    • Recorded versions: Remember a Day
    "Remember a Day" is a song by British psychedelic rock band Pink Floyd, and is featured on their second album, A Saucerful of Secrets (1968). It was performed live only once, in September 2008 (40 years after its original release) by David Gilmour in memory of Richard Wright. The song, written and sung by Richard Wright, was recorded in October 1967 at De Lane Lea Studios in London, England. The sessions also yielded "Jugband Blues", "Vegetable Man", "In the Beechwoods" and "John Latham". Syd Barrett plays the slide guitar. Andrew King, Pink Floyd manager, recalls: "I remember De Lane Lea... we did 'Vegetable Man' there... and 'Remember a Day', which Syd does a guitar solo on". A rare United States single release (Tower 440) contains edited mono versions of this and the song before it in the album, "Let There Be More Light". This single was never released in the United Kingdom, although it was originally meant to be a single before being replaced by "Apples and Oranges". On 23 September 2008, David Gilmour performed the song on a live broadcast of Later... with Jools Holland on BBC Two as a tribute to Richard Wright, who had died eight days earlier. In an interview later on in the
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    Sanctuary

    Sanctuary

    • Recorded versions: Sanctuary
    "Sanctuary" is the second single released by the British heavy metal band Iron Maiden. The single was released on 16 May 1980. The song was included in the US release of their debut album Iron Maiden but it was not included in the UK/European release. However, when the album was re-released in 1998 the song was restored in all territories. The song originally appeared on the 1980 Metal for Muthas compilation, featuring several other artists associated with the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, which the band recorded as a four-piece with Doug Sampson on drums. Although the compilation was panned in Sounds, Iron Maiden's songs were praised, with their contributions being described as "raucous heavy metal/punk crossovers and tantalising tasters for their own forthcoming album." Already a regular in the band's live set, the "Sanctuary" single was released on 7" vinyl on 16 May during the UK leg of the Iron Maiden Tour. This version of the song was recorded during the Iron Maiden album sessions, and, according to guitarist Dave Murray, "was ten times better than the original Metal for Muthas version." The b-side includes two live songs recorded at the Marquee Club in London on 3 April
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    Some Say

    Some Say

    • Recorded versions: Some Say
    "Some Say" is the third single from Sum 41's 2004 album, Chuck. It was released in Canada and Japan only and had an accompanying music video. "No Reason" was released instead in the US and Europe. "Some Say" was released as single in Canada and Japan only. While playing it live on the Go Chuck Yourself live album, Deryck says "this song is about your very, very, very confused parents." The music video starts out with the band members in a car, everyone but Deryck exits, and he starts singing. The video also features reverse editing of people doing various things, such as accidentally dropping groceries, with shots of the band in between, in the end of the video soldiers rush people away from doing mundane things such as grilling steak and sitting on a couch, while the rest of the band walks back to the car Deryck is still in the car singing and they drive off. The set used maintains some resemblance with the one used in the movie Dogville by Lars von Trier, where there aren't walls and the floor has lines that indicate the different spaces. Other than the final scene showing the band driving away, the video is shot in one continuous shot.
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    The Neighbor

    The Neighbor

    • Composer: Dixie Chicks
    The Dixie Chicks is an American country music group composed of Natalie Maines, along with Emily Robison and Martie Maguire, who are sisters. Their discography comprises seven studio albums, one live album and twenty-five singles. Founded in 1989 as a more bluegrass-oriented group with Maguire and Robison — then going by their birth surnames of Erwin — along with Laura Lynch and Robin Lynn Macy, the group did not achieve mainstream success until Lynch and Macy left and were replaced by lead singer Natalie Maines. Shortly after her joining, the group signed to Monument Records, releasing their breakthrough album Wide Open Spaces in 1998. Both it and its followup, 1999's Fly, earned the group several Grammy Awards and chart singles. Two more albums, Home and Taking the Long Way, followed in 2002 and 2006, respectively, on Columbia Records. These latter four albums have been certified double platinum or higher by the RIAA, with the highest-certified being Wide Open Spaces at 12× Multi-Platinum for U.S. shipments of twelve million copies. Of the Dixie Chicks' twenty-five singles, six have reached Number One on the Billboard country singles chart: "There's Your Trouble", "Wide Open
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    When the Rain Begins to Fall

    When the Rain Begins to Fall

    • Recorded versions: When the Rain Begins to Fall
    "When the Rain Begins to Fall" is a 1984 song written and composed by Peggy March, Michael Bradley, and Steve Wittmack, recorded by singers Jermaine Jackson and Pia Zadora, and released as a single at the end of 1984. The song was performed in the movie Voyage of the Rock Aliens, in which Zadora played a lead role. It was covered by a variety of artists through the years. The plot of the video begins as Pia Zadora's gang is waiting, who then start their motorcycles and go to Jackson's gang. When the two gangs meet, Jackson sings the beginning of the song while Zadora's gang drives off, to later meet again in a bar. The two gangs disappear from the bar, then Zadora and Jackson take refuge near the place where there is to be a real battle between the gangs. Afterwards, Jackson and Zadora again flee from both gangs, but are caught together in the woods. After a big brawl at the end, Zadora's gang flees on their motorcycles. Bob Giraldi directed the video, and it was featured in the movie Voyage of the Rock Aliens. The song had a great success in France, Switzerland, The Netherlands, and Germany, where it topped the singles charts in those countries. In France, the single appeared on
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    Free Four

    Free Four

    • Recorded versions: Free Four
    "Free Four" is a Pink Floyd song written and sung by Roger Waters, from the album Obscured by Clouds. The song begins with a rock and roll count-in, but in this case Pink Floyd decided to play with words and record, "One, Two, FREE FOUR!" The song deals with themes that would become standard for Waters in albums following this, notably his father's death and the "evils" of the record industry. Although the song is mellow during the lyrical portions, the guitar solo launches into a heavier tone, with a progression reminiscent of the instrumental "One of These Days". "Free Four" was released as a single in 1972 and reached FM radio's top 50 list. It seems to be an entirely atypical choice for airplay, as it is one of Pink Floyd's most musically anomalous songs recalls late-'60s Kinks' power pop sound with a melody like solo Paul McCartney decorated by fuzz guitar riffs and handclaps that recall T. Rex's classic singles. According to an AMG reviewer's opinion, the sound of "Free Four" is also reminiscent of Mungo Jerry's "In the Summertime". (US release) 1."Free Four" -3:30 2."Stay" - 3:58 (Italy release) 1."Free Four" - 4:07 2."The Gold It's in the...". - 3:01
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    Just like Heaven

    Just like Heaven

    • Composer: Laurence Tolhurst
    • Recorded versions: Just Like Heaven
    "Just Like Heaven" is a song by the British alternative rock band The Cure. The group wrote most of the song during recording sessions in southern France in 1987. The lyrics were written by the band's frontman Robert Smith, who drew inspiration from a past trip to the sea shore with his future wife. Before Smith had completed the lyrics, an instrumental version of the song was used as the theme for the French television show Les Enfants du Rock. "Just Like Heaven" was the third single released from the band's 1987 album Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me, while Smith's memories of the trip formed the basis for the song's accompanying music video. The song became The Cure's first American hit and in 1988 reached number 40 on the Billboard charts. It has been praised by critics and covered by artists such as Dinosaur Jr. and Katie Melua. Smith has said he considers "Just Like Heaven" to be one of the band's strongest songs. In order to develop material for Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Smith forced himself to write music for 15 days of each month. During this regimen, he developed the chords and melody which form the basis of "Just Like Heaven". Structurally, Smith found what he had written was
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    Macarena

    Macarena

    • Recorded versions: Macarena (Bayside Boys mix)
    "Macarena" (Spanish pronunciation: [makaɾena]) is a Spanish dance song by Los del Río about a woman of the same name. Appearing on the 1994 album A mí me gusta, it was an international hit between 1995 and 1996, and continues to have a cult following. One of the most iconic of 1990s dance music, it was ranked the "#1 Greatest One-Hit Wonder of all Time" by VH1 in 2002. The lyrics are completely original, but the music is based, it has been accused of plagiarism, on the song "Tengo una pena" (I have a sorrow, 1975) from the Spanish band "Desmadre 75", at he same time based on a popular children's song known as "Trabajando en las minas de pan duro" (Working in the hard bread mines). The song uses a type of clave rhythm. The song ranks at #5 on Billboard's All Time Top 100. It also ranks at #1 on Billboard's All Time Latin Songs. It is also Billboard's #1 dance song and one of six foreign language songs to hit #1 since 1955's modern rock era began. As a result of their lounge act, Los del Río were invited to tour South America in March 1992 and, while visiting Venezuela, they were invited to a private party held by the Venezuelan empresario Gustavo Cisneros. Many prominent Venezuelans
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    My Friends

    My Friends

    • Recorded versions: My Friends
    "My Friends" is a song by the Red Hot Chili Peppers and the fourth track on their 1995 album One Hot Minute. It is a melodic ballad and was released as the second single from the album. It is the only song from One Hot Minute to be included on their Greatest Hits compilation, though the music video for "Aeroplane", appears on the DVD. It became the band's third #1 single on the Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart where it remained for 4 consecutive weeks, and their first #1 single on the Billboard Album Rock Tracks chart. Lyrically, "My Friends" is one of the moodier and more introspective songs on the album, exploring the loneliness and emptiness people feel. Singer Anthony Kiedis then stresses that those people "hurt by the cold" are not alone and are loved. The song is about the difficult times Flea went through; he was going through a painful divorce with his first wife and felt even more depressed because the writing and recording of One Hot Minute was a painstakingly slow and disappointing process that took almost a year and a half. The single features two unreleased b-sides. "Stretch" (originally titled Stretch You Out) was intended for the album following the fade out of
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    Violin Concerto

    Violin Concerto

    • Composer: Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
    • Recorded versions: Violin Concerto
    Felix Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64 is his last large orchestral work. It forms an important part of the violin repertoire and is one of the most popular and most frequently performed violin concertos of all time. A typical performance lasts just under half an hour. Mendelssohn originally proposed the idea of the violin concerto to Ferdinand David, a close friend and then concertmaster of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra. Although conceived in 1838, the work took another six years to complete and was not premiered until 1845. During this time, Mendelssohn maintained a regular correspondence with David, seeking his advice with the concerto. The work itself was one of the violin concertos of the Romantic era and was influential to the compositions of many other composers. Although the concerto consists of three movements in a standard fast–slow–fast structure and each movement follows a traditional form, the concerto was innovative and included many novel features for its time. Distinctive aspects of the concerto include the immediate entrance of the violin at the beginning of the work and the linking of the three movements with each movement immediately following
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    Crazy Leah Haywood Song

    Crazy Leah Haywood Song

    "Crazy" was the second single released off Leah Haywood's debut album Leah during the third quarter of 2000 in Australia. The song is co-written by Leah and A. Carlsson where it talks about a person falling for someone driving them "crazy". This single did not achieve the same amount of success as her first single "We Think It's Love" becoming only a moderate top 40 hit on the Australian ARIA Singles chart where it debuted and peaked at #31. The single for Crazy also contained a B-side track titled "Do You Know" that did not appear on the album, which was also co-written by Leah and Sydney music producer Barbara Griffin. Both have worked together previously on the track "And If I Could" which appeared as a B-side on the CD single of "We Think It's Love". The release of this single also came with a set of bonus stickers of Leah as well as an enhanced component featuring the Crazy music video and a link to her official website and record company-related sites. The music video for "Crazy" was directed by Mark Hartley showing Leah in various colourful room settings and being accompanied with six female dancers throughout the video. These various settings include Leah in a room full of
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    Daddy's Gonna Pay For Your Crashed Car

    Daddy's Gonna Pay For Your Crashed Car

    "Daddy's Gonna Pay for Your Crashed Car" is the sixth track on U2's 1993 album, Zooropa. One of the most avant-garde cuts from the album, it was used during the Zoomerang leg of the Zoo TV Tour as a showcase for Bono's MacPhisto persona. In these performances, MacPhisto would begin in the dressing room preparing his make-up and wardrobe, singing the first half of the song in this setting. The other band members dressed in purple uniforms with the Zoo TV logo on them. MacPhisto emerged from the dressing room half way through the song, and played with the crowd while on stage. Fake money was shot from the stage into the air as MacPhisto yelled "Daddy's Gonna Pay!" (Adam Clayton is visibly frightened by these explosions on the Zoo TV: Live from Sydney concert video). Following this, he would make his speech and phone call. A backing track was used for many of the effects, and The Edge played limited amounts of guitar on a Gibson Les Paul. Larry Mullen, Jr. played with cowbells on his drum kit for part of the song as well. Despite the odd sound it has on the album, the band claims it was originally conceived as a blues song for John Lee Hooker. "Daddy's Gonna Pay for Your Crashed Car"
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    Don't You

    Don't You

    "Don't You (Forget About Me)" is a 1985 song performed by the band Simple Minds. The song is best known as the de facto theme song from the John Hughes film The Breakfast Club (it is played during the opening and closing credits). The songwriters were producer Keith Forsey (who won an Oscar for "Flashdance... What a Feeling") and Steve Schiff (guitarist and songwriter from the Nina Hagen band). Aside from its initial appearance in The Breakfast Club, the song has been featured in various media throughout the years, and has been covered and sampled by a number of artists. The song was also used in the Futurama episode, The Luck of the Fryrish. The song was heard before the credits. Forsey asked Cy Curnin from The Fixx, Bryan Ferry and Billy Idol to record the song, but all three declined; Idol would later perform a cover of it on his 2001 greatest hits compilation. Schiff then suggested Forsey ask the Scottish New Wave band Simple Minds, who initially refused as well, but then agreed under the encouragement of their label, A&M. According to one account, the band "rearranged and recorded 'Don’t You (Forget About Me)' in three hours in a north London studio and promptly forgot about
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    Electrolite

    Electrolite

    • Recorded versions: Electrolite
    "Electrolite" is a song by R.E.M., released as their third single from their tenth studio album, New Adventures in Hi-Fi. The song is a piano-based ballad to Los Angeles, Hollywood icons and the closing 20th century. The single was released on December 2, 1996 in the United Kingdom and on February 2, 1997 in the United States. Initially, Michael Stipe objected to including the song on the album, but was won over by Peter Buck and Mike Mills. It has since become one of his favorite R.E.M. songs as well as one of Thom Yorke's; Radiohead have covered the song. The single's music video, directed by Peter Care and Spike Jonze, "involved dune buggies, crazy costumes, and rubber reindeer." The piano line for the song was originally written by Mills in his apartment before bringing it to the band. The lyrics were composed by Stipe about the two-year period he spent living in Santa Monica and the trips he would take to people-watch on Mulholland Drive. During a June 21, 2008 performance in Atlanta, Georgia, Stipe mentioned that he was inspired to write the song after the 1994 Northridge earthquake. He told the audience that his home in L.A. was badly damaged and he went up Mullholland Drive
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    Janie Jones

    Janie Jones

    "Janie Jones" (sometimes "Janie Jones (Strummerville)") is a cover version of The Clash's song. It was released through B-Unique Records to raise money for late Joe Strummer's charity foundation Strummerville and features contributions from others bands like Dirty Pretty Things, Larrikin Love, We Are Scientists, The Kooks, and Guillemots. This release marks the first time that Carl Barât and Pete Doherty worked together since The Libertines split up, although they never met during the recording process. The video revolves around (the real) Janie Jones being chauffeured around London with Mick Jones. Many of the contributors to the song feature in the video. Drew McConnell accompanies Janie Jones from the Windmill theatre right at the beginning as she's getting into her car, Alan Donohoe from The Rakes is driving the car, two mabers of Cazals are walking down the street near the start and their singer, Phil Bush, mimes 'lucky lady', the two guys standing in front of the telephone box are Josh Hubbard from The Paddingtons and one member of Guillemots; Carl Barât, Anthony Rossomando, Gary Powell and a guitar can be seen in a car pulling up to a petrol station, while Jack Penate is
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    Kassaman

    Kassaman

    • Composer: Mohamed Fawzi
    • Lyricist: Moufdi Zakaria
    Kassaman or Qassaman (We Pledge) (Arabic: قَسَمًا‎) is the national anthem of Algeria. It was adopted in 1963, shortly after the Independence. The lyrics were written by Mufdi Zakariah in 1956 while imprisoned by the French colonial forces. He wrote the verses using his blood on the 69th cell walls. The composer of the music is Mohamed Fawzi, from Egypt. The lyrics to Kassaman are unusual for a national anthem in that they make direct reference to another state – France.
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    Locking Up the Sun

    Locking Up the Sun

    • Recorded versions: Locking Up the Sun
    "Locking Up the Sun" is the fourth track of the album Carnival of Rust by the Finnish rock band Poets of the Fall. A single version of the song has been released in Finland on 29 November 2006. It includes the title track, a remix entitled "The Absolution" done by Captain and the music video directed by Tuomas "stObe" Harju , who shot two of the band's previous clips, as well. The video started to be aired on Finnish television stations at the beginning of November 2006. The single peaked at number three in the official Finnish single charts. Bonus: Locking Up the Sun music video
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    You Move Me

    You Move Me

    • Recorded versions: You Move Me
    "You Move Me" is the title of a song co-written by Gordon Kennedy and Pierce Pettis and originally recorded by Christian singer Susan Ashton in 1996. It was recorded by American country music artist Garth Brooks (Ashton had opened for Brooks on the second leg of his 1994 European tour and provided harmony vocals on his 1997 tour of Ireland) and was released as the fourth single from his album Sevens in 1998. It hit #3 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart and reached #1 on the Canadian RPM Country Tracks chart. This song is a mostly acoustic mid-tempo song with electric guitar flourishes. The narrator talks about how his lover moves him, gets him off his feet, moves him forward, etc.
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    National Anthem of the Soviet Union

    National Anthem of the Soviet Union

    • Composer: Alexander Vasilyevich Alexandrov
    • Lyricist: Sergey Mikhalkov
    The National Anthem of the Soviet Union, the State Anthem of the USSR (Russian: Государственный гимн СССР, Gosudarstvenny Gimn SSSR) was introduced during World War II on March 15, 1944, replacing The Internationale as the official national anthem of the Soviet Union as well as the national anthem of the Russian SFSR. The lyrics were written by Sergey Mikhalkov (1913–2009) in collaboration with Gabriel El-Registan (1899–1945) and the music was composed by Alexander Alexandrov (1883–1946). It was believed that Soviet soldiers would respond more to an anthem that was dedicated only to the Soviet Union rather than to a worldwide movement. The song was originally written as the Anthem of the Bolshevik Party with lyrics in the Alexandrine meter by Vasily Lebedev-Kumach in 1939. The Anthem of the Soviet Union was played for the first time on the Soviet radio at midnight of the 1 January 1944. The 1944 lyrics had three different refrains following three different stanzas; in each refrain, the second line was consequently modified with references to friendship, then happiness and finally to glory. Later on, in 1977, these refrains were replaced by a uniform refrain following all stanzas.
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    Theme from Shaft

    Theme from Shaft

    • Composer: Isaac Hayes
    • Recorded versions: Theme From Shaft
    "Theme from Shaft", written and recorded by Isaac Hayes in 1971, is the soul and funk-styled theme song to the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film, Shaft. The theme was released as a single (shortened and edited from the longer album version) two months after the movie's soundtrack by Stax Records' Enterprise label. "Theme from Shaft" went to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States in November 1971. The song was also well received by adult audiences, reaching number six on Billboard's Easy Listening (later Adult Contemporary) chart. The following year, "Theme from Shaft" won the Academy Award for Best Original Song, with Hayes not only becoming the first African American to win that honor (or any Academy Award in a non-acting category) but also becoming the first recipient of the award to both write and perform the winning song. Since then, the song has appeared in numerous television shows, commercials, and other movies, including the 2000 remake of Shaft, for which Hayes re-recorded the song. In 2000, Hayes told National Public Radio that he had only agreed to write and record the Shaft score after Shaft producer, Joel Freeman, promised him an audition for the lead role. He
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    111
    Got Some Teeth

    Got Some Teeth

    • Recorded versions: Got Some Teeth
    "Got Some Teeth" is the first single to be taken from American rapper Obie Trice's debut studio album, Cheers. The song was used as the theme song for the character "Compton-Ass Terry" in the TV show Viva la Bam on MTV. The song details Obie's various encounters with women in a bar. In the first verse he meets "Veronica", and invites her to Cheers and then offers her sex and various acts outside of the bar. In the second verse, Trice is enticed to approach "Karen", but doesn't due to her having a venereal disease and many children with various men. She still confronts him for a one-night stand because she doesn't want to go home to another night of masturbation, Trice agrees saying that he wouldn't want to head home with a woman who has implants. He leaves the bar to find a group of women making fun of him until he opens fire on them via a gun he had hidden in the trunk of his car. In the last verse the bar is filled with obese women and Trice feels out of place because he has a "big-girl disorder". He leaves to find another bar with thinner women and exclaims "Lean Cuisine wouldn't hurt much". The chorus details Trice's hopes of waking up after a one night stand to a woman without
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    112
    I Think I'm Paranoid

    I Think I'm Paranoid

    • Composer: Garbage
    • Lyricist: Garbage
    • Recorded versions: I Think I'm Paranoid
    "I Think I'm Paranoid" is an alternative rock song written, performed and produced by Garbage and was the second single released from their second album Version 2.0. The song was released internationally in July 1998, following up on the success of the band's prior hit, "Push It". "I Think I'm Paranoid" reached the Top Ten on the UK Singles chart and Airplay charts, while across the Atlantic also becoming a hit on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks chart. "I Think I'm Paranoid" became the biggest hit from Version 2.0 in Italy, where it featured on a 30-second advert campaign for Breil Watches and was placed in heavy rotation by MTV Italy In 2007, "I Think I'm Paranoid" was remastered and included on Garbage's greatest hits album Absolute Garbage. Garbage began writing their second album, which would go under the working title of Sad Alcoholic Clowns, in March 1997 in the band's label-head Jerry Moss's Friday Harbor, Washington, vacation house. The group demoed and made rough outlines for new songs, of which "Bend Me" was one. When they felt they had made a good start, Garbage took the work they made in Washington back to their Madison, Wisconsin base at Smart Studios and begin fleshing
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    Only Happy When It Rains

    Only Happy When It Rains

    • Recorded versions: Only Happy When It Rains
    "Only Happy When It Rains" is a song written and produced by alternative rock group Garbage for the band's self-titled debut studio album. The song was recorded at the band's own recording studio, Smart Studios, in Madison, Wisconsin, being mixed twice before its release. The bleak content of the lyrics was intended as a parody of the angst filled themes present in mid-1990s alternative rock, as well as a sarcastic reference to Garbage's own preference for darker themes. "Only Happy When it Rains" was released as the third single from the campaign for Garbage in both the United Kingdom (in September 1995) and North America (in February 1996), being issued in three formats vinyl, CD maxi, and cassette. The song received positive reviews, praising the production and Shirley Manson's singing, and became the band's breakthrough single, charting strongly on both the UK Singles Chart and Billboard Hot 100. It also crossover to pop radio formats, propelling their debut album into the Top 100 of the Billboard 200 for the first time, and the song's music video, directed by Samuel Bayer, received much airplay on MTV. "Only Happy When it Rains" has gone onto to be an enduring work for the
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    Riders in the Sky: A Cowboy Legend

    Riders in the Sky: A Cowboy Legend

    • Composer: Stan Jones
    • Recorded versions: Ghost Riders in the Sky
    "(Ghost) Riders in the Sky: A Cowboy Legend" is a country and cowboy-style song. It was written on June 5, 1948 by Stan Jones. A number of versions were crossover hits on the pop charts in 1949. The ASCAP database lists the song as "Riders in the Sky" (title code: 480028324), but the title has been written as "Ghost Riders", "Ghost Riders in the Sky", and "A Cowboy Legend". The song tells a folk tale of a cowboy who has a vision of red-eyed, steel-hooved cattle thundering across the sky, being chased by the spirits of damned cowboys. One warns him that if he does not change his ways, he will be doomed to join them, forever "trying to catch the Devil's herd across these endless skies". Jones said that he had been told the story when he was 12 years old by an old cowboy friend. The story resembles the northern European mythic Wild Hunt. More than 50 performers have recorded versions of the song. Charting versions were recorded by The Outlaws, Vaughn Monroe ("Riders in the Sky" with orchestra and vocal quartet), by Bing Crosby (with the Ken Darby Singers), Frankie Laine, Burl Ives (two different versions), Marty Robbins, The Ramrods and Johnny Cash. Other recordings were made by Peggy
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    Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before

    Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before

    • Recorded versions: Stop Me If You've Heard This One Before
    "Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before" is a 1987 song by The Smiths. The Smiths' song, written by the usual combination of Morrissey and Johnny Marr, came out on the group's 1987 album Strangeways, Here We Come. The song was originally supposed to be released as a single and a music video was filmed, featuring scenes of the group-iconic Salford Lads Club and surrounding areas being bicycled through by the lads and friends. Because of a reference to "plan a mass murder" in one lyric it was banned from daytime airplay by the BBC because of the then recent Hungerford massacre, so the band decided not to release it in the UK, however it was released in various other regions including North America, Europe, Australasia and Japan. "Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before" was subsequently included on the compilation album Stop Me and on The Very Best of The Smiths. The song is also included in the music game Rock Band 3. The cover of the single is a picture of British actor and singer Murray Head from a film still of the 1966 film The Family Way. In 2007, the song was re-composed as "Stop Me" with additional lyrics from the song "You Keep Me Hangin' On" by The
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    The Window

    The Window

    • Composer: Sir Arthur Sullivan
    • Lyricist: Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson
    The Window; or, The Songs of the Wrens is a song cycle by Arthur Sullivan with words by Alfred, Lord Tennyson. Written in 1867–70, it was eventually published in 1871. There are multiple versions of the title: On the cover of the 1871 edition, the subtitle is given as "The Loves of the Wrens", however, "Songs of the Wrens" is used on the frontispiece and is the one generally used. George Grove, the secretary of The Crystal Palace, originally suggested a collaboration between Tennyson and Sullivan on a German-style song cycle, in English, but similar to Schubert's Die Schöne Müllerin. Grove was a friend of Sullivan's and an early promoter of his music. An English-language narrative song cycle, like Schubert's, was a novelty. John Everett Millais agreed to illustrate the poems for a handsome publication. On October 17, 1866, Grove and Sullivan dined with Tennyson at his home on the Isle of Wight, where they began to discuss the piece. By February 1867, Tennyson had a draft of the text, but Sullivan noted in a letter he wrote home from Tennyson's house on February 10: In August 1867, Tennyson had revised the words, and they were printed privately by Sir Ivor Guest. But Tennyson
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    Tiger Rag

    Tiger Rag

    • Composer: Original Dixieland Jazz Band
    • Recorded versions: Tiger Rag
    "Tiger Rag" is a jazz standard, originally recorded and copyrighted by the Original Dixieland Jass Band in 1917. It is one of the most recorded jazz compositions of all time. The tune was first recorded on 17 August 1917 by the Original Dixieland Jass Band for Aeolian-Vocalion Records (the band did not use the Jazz spelling until later in 1917) and released as B1206, "Tiger Rag One-Step Written and Played by Original Dixieland Jass Band", backed with "Ostrich Walk". The Aeolian Vocalion sides did not sell well, as they were recorded in a vertical format becoming obsolete at the time which could not be played successfully on most contemporary phonographs. Their second recording of the tune on 25 March 1918 for Victor Records, 18472-B, backed with "Skeleton Jangle" as the A side, on the other hand, was a smash national hit and established the tune as a jazz standard. The song was copyrighted, published, and credited to bandmembers Nick LaRocca, Eddie Edwards, Henry Ragas, Tony Sbarbaro, and Larry Shields in 1917. Harry DaCosta later wrote lyrics to the instrumental when it became a million- seller and a no. 1 national hit for The Mills Brothers in 1931. No one was ever able to
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    Time

    Time

    • Composer: Richard Wright
    • Recorded versions: Time
    "Time" is the fourth track from English progressive rock band Pink Floyd's 1973 album The Dark Side of the Moon, and the only song on the album credited to all four members of the band. This song is about how time can slip by, but many people do not realize it until it is too late. Roger Waters got the idea when he realized he was no longer preparing for anything in life, but was right in the middle of it. He has described this realisation taking place at ages 28 and 29 in various interviews. It is noted for its long introductory passage of clocks chiming and alarms ringing, recorded as a quadrophonic test by Alan Parsons, not specifically for the album. Each clock at the beginning of the song was recorded separately in an antiques store. This is followed by a two-minute passage dominated by Nick Mason's drum solo, with rototoms and backgrounded by a tick-tock sound created by Roger Waters picking two muted strings on his bass. With David Gilmour singing lead on the verses and with Richard Wright singing lead on the bridges and with female singers and Gilmour providing backup vocals, the song's lyrics deal with Roger Waters' realization that life was not about preparing yourself
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    Until the End of the World

    Until the End of the World

    • Lyricist: Bono
    • Recorded versions: Until the End of the World
    "Until the End of the World" is a song by rock band U2 and the fourth track from their 1991 album Achtung Baby. The song began as a guitar riff composed by lead vocalist Bono from a demo, which the band revisited with success after talking with German filmmaker Wim Wenders about providing music for his film Until the End of the World. The song's lyrics describe a fictional conversation between Jesus Christ and Judas Iscariot. The first verse discusses The Last Supper; the second is about Judas identifying Jesus with a kiss on the cheek in the Garden of Gethsemane; and the final is about Judas' suicide after being overwhelmed with guilt and sadness. "Until the End of the World" originated from a guitar riff that vocalist Bono composed in a demo called "Fat Boy" that the band recorded at STS Studios in 1990, prior to the proper Achtung Baby sessions. Although guitarist The Edge loved the riff, the band was not having much success with the demo during the Achtung Baby sessions. After the band met with German filmmaker Wim Wenders, who was looking for music to use in his film Until the End of the World, The Edge was inspired to revisit the "Fat Boy" demo. In Dublin, The Edge used the
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    Katyusha

    Katyusha

    • Recorded versions: Katyusha
    "Katyusha", "Katusha" or "Katjusha" (Russian: Катюша) is a Russian wartime song composed in 1938 by Matvei Blanter with lyrics from Mikhail Isakovsky during the Second World War. The song depicts a girl longing for her beloved husband who is off on military service. It was first performed by Valentina Batishcheva in the Column Hall of Moscow's House of the Unions. Later it was performed by Lidiya Ruslanova and other singers. The latest remake is in a euro-dance feel and performed by Los Angeles pop artist Vera Clay. ""Katyusha"" is part of the repertoire of the Alexandrov Ensemble. In 2010, Russian countertenor Vitas covered a version of this song. Katyusha is a tender diminutive from the female name Ekaterina (Katherine): Katya is the nickname and Katyusha, a tender diminutive. The Russian song also gave name to the BM-8, BM-13, and BM-31 "Katyusha" rocket launchers that were built and fielded by the Red Army in World War II. The song was first sung by female students from a Russian industrial school in Moscow to bid farewell to Russian soldiers going on the battle front against Nazi Germany in July 1941, who were deeply touched by the song. The song quickly became popular
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    Lift

    Lift

    • Recorded versions: Lift
    "Lift" is a song by the Finnish rock band Poets of the Fall. It is the second single released from their debut album, Signs of Life. The song was released in Finland on 9 September, 2004. The song reached #8 on the Finnish Top 40 and stayed there for 11 consecutive weeks. It contains two versions of the title track, as well as the B-side, The Beautiful Ones. Markus Kaarlonen produced a dance remix of the song, entitled Lift (Dramadance Remix). It is only available for download (as an MP3 or WAV file) on a secret page of the band's official website which can be accessed by the special login and password from the Signs of Life album booklet. The promotional video for "Lift" was released on August 8, 2005. It can be watched online on the band's official website.
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    Mannish Boy

    Mannish Boy

    • Composer: Muddy Waters
    • Recorded versions: Mannish Boy
    "Mannish Boy" is a blues standard by Muddy Waters first recorded in 1955. It is both an arrangement of and an "answer song" to Bo Diddley's "I'm a Man", which was in turn inspired by Waters' and Willie Dixon's "Hoochie Coochie Man". "Mannish Boy" features a repeating stop-time figure on one chord throughout the song and is credited to Waters, Mel London, and Bo Diddley. The original version of "Mannish Boy" was recorded in Chicago on May 24, 1955, under the title "Manish Boy." Accompanying Muddy Waters were Jimmy Rogers on guitar, Junior Wells on harmonica, Fred Below on drums, and an un-identified female chorus. The original version was the only recording done by Muddy Waters between January 1953 and June 1957 that did not feature Little Walter on harmonica and was one of few studio recordings with Junior Wells. Muddy Waters recorded several versions of "Mannish Boy" during his career. In 1968, he recorded it for the Electric Mud album in Marshall Chess' attempt to attract the rock market. After he left Chess, he recorded it for the 1977 Hard Again album which was produced by Johnny Winter. The song also was included on the live album Muddy "Mississippi" Waters - Live (1979).
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    Storms in Africa

    Storms in Africa

    • Recorded versions: Storms in Africa
    "Storms in Africa" is a song by the Irish singer Enya, featured on her 1988 album Watermark. The song was released as a single in the UK in June 1989 and reached #41. Originally sung in Gaelic on the Watermark album, the song was re-written with English lyrics and re-arranged to a faster tempo for its single release. For a time, a re-issue of the Watermark album included both versions although the original version has been featured on various collections rather than the English mix. The song was included on the soundtrack for the Peter Weir film Green Card (1990) along with "River" and "Watermark", both also from the same Enya album. For a time, Ansett Airlines, Australia used the song as its theme prior to its collapse in 2001. 12" Vinyl and CD B-Sides
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    Symphony No.5

    Symphony No.5

    • Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
    The Symphony No. 5 in C minor of Ludwig van Beethoven, Op. 67, was written in 1804–1808. It Is one of the most popular and best-known compositions in classical music, and one of the most frequently played symphonies. First performed in Vienna's Theater an der Wien in 1808, the work achieved its prodigious reputation soon afterwards. E. T. A. Hoffmann described the symphony as "one of the most important works of the time". It begins by stating a distinctive four-note "short-short-short-long" motif twice: ( listen (help·info)) The symphony, and the four-note opening motif in particular, are well known worldwide, with the motif appearing frequently in popular culture, from disco to rock and roll, to appearances in film and television. The Fifth Symphony had a long gestation. The first sketches date from 1804 following the completion of the Third Symphony. However, Beethoven repeatedly interrupted his work on the Fifth to prepare other compositions, including the first version of Fidelio, the Appassionata piano sonata, the three Razumovsky string quartets, the Violin Concerto, the Fourth Piano Concerto, the Fourth Symphony, and the Mass in C. The final preparation of the Fifth
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    125
    Vow

    Vow

    • Recorded versions: Vow
    "Vow" is a song by alternative rock band Garbage. It was released by Mushroom Records UK and Almo Sounds as their debut single in 1995, having been written and recorded one year earlier. The song started as a demo during sessions between band members Butch Vig, Duke Erikson and Steve Marker, and had its composition finished after singer Shirley Manson joined the band. The lyrics deal with themes of revenge and retaliation, and were inspired by a newspaper article on domestic abuse. "Vow" first appeared on a Volume CD sampler at the end of 1994. The song was subsequently picked up and broadcast by BBC Radio 1 DJs Steve Lamacq and John Peel, and playlisted by modern rock radio stations in Los Angeles and Seattle. "Vow" generated such significant buzz through positive reviews and word-of-mouth that it was eventually chosen as Garbage's first single release. After a low-key independent record label pressing in the United Kingdom, where it was packaged in a very limited edition logo embossed aluminium case, "Vow" went on to top the alternative charts in Australia and reached the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States. "Vow" began in rough demo form in January, 1994, as band members
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    It Would Take a Strong Strong Man

    It Would Take a Strong Strong Man

    • Recorded versions: It Would Take a Strong, Strong Man
    "It Would Take a Strong Strong Man" is a song written by Stock Aitken Waterman for Rick Astley's multi-million-selling debut album Whenever You Need Somebody. It was another successful single for Astley, reaching number ten on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and number one for one week on the Hot Adult Contemporary chart. It was not released in the UK and most of Europe.
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    La Isla Bonita

    La Isla Bonita

    • Composer: Madonna
    • Lyricist: Madonna
    • Recorded versions: La Isla Bonita
    "La Isla Bonita" (English: The Beautiful Island) is a song by American singer-songwriter Madonna. It was released as the fifth and final single from her third studio album, True Blue, on February 25, 1987, by Sire Records. The instrumental version of the song was first offered to Michael Jackson before Madonna accepted it and wrote the lyrics and melody. "La Isla Bonita" is noted for being the first Madonna song to have a Spanish influence in it, with arrangements of Cuban drums and Spanish guitar, maracas, harmonicas and a mix of synthesized and real drumming. The lyrics of the song tell about a beautiful island and was a tribute to the beauty of the Latin people according to Madonna. "La Isla Bonita" achieved worldwide popularity, topping charts in countries such as Austria, Canada, France, Germany and Switzerland. It became Madonna's fourth number-one single in the United Kingdom, giving her a record for most number-one singles among female artists. In the United States, it reached number four on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. In the accompanying music video, Madonna portrayed two opposite characters – a pious girl and a passionate Latina. The Latin style and the flamenco red
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    Zamboni

    Zamboni

    • Recorded versions: Zamboni
    "Zamboni" is a song written by Martin Zellar and recorded by his band Gear Daddies. The song tells the story of a man's desire to drive an ice resurfacer, popularly known by the brand name "Zamboni", and his request to drive the Zamboni for his local ice hockey team. Since its release, it has sometimes been played between periods at hockey games while the Zamboni cleans the ice. It originally appeared as a hidden track on the band's 1990 CD, Billy's Live Bait. The song also appeared on the soundtracks for the following Disney movies:
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    It's My Life

    It's My Life

    • Composer: Tim Friese-Greene
    • Lyricist: Tim Friese-Greene
    • Recorded versions: It's My Life
    "It's My Life" is the title of a song by the British synthpop band Talk Talk. Written by Mark Hollis and Tim Friese-Greene, it was the title track on the band's second album in 1984. The song was released as a single in January 1984, then again in 1985, and a third time in 1990 when it finally became a hit and reached #13 in the UK. In 2003, it was covered by No Doubt, also making it into the UK Top 20. The song was the first collaboration between Hollis and Friese-Greene.  "It's My Life" was released as the album's lead single in January 1984.  The single reached #46 in the UK charts, but did better in other countries; it reached #31 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play, #30 in Canada and Netherlands, #33 in Germany, #32 in New Zealand, #25 in France and #7 in Italy. The single was re-released in the UK in 1985, but this time only reached #93.  However, in 1990, "It's My Life" was reissued again to promote the compilation album Natural History:  The Very Best of Talk Talk.  This time, the song was a hit in the UK, reaching number 13, the band's highest chart-placing single. The song is also featured on the Rockstar Games video game for
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    Ave Maris Stella

    Ave Maris Stella

    • Recorded versions: Ave Maris Stella
    Ave Maris Stella (Latin, "Hail Star of the Sea") is a plainsong Vespers hymn to Mary. It was especially popular in the Middle Ages and has been used by many composers as the basis of other compositions. The creation of the original hymn has been attributed to several people, including Bernard of Clairvaux (12th century), Saint Venantius Fortunatus (6th century) and Hermannus Contractus (11th century). The text is found in a 9th century manuscript in the Abbey of Saint Gall. The melody is found in the Irish plainsong "Gabhaim Molta Bríde", a piece in praise of St. Bridget. The popular modern hymn Hail Queen of Heaven, the Ocean Star, is loosely based on this plainsong original. It finds particular prominence in the "Way of Consecration to the Blessed Virgin Mary" by Saint Louis de Montfort. The Latin text of the hymn as authorized for use in the Liturgy of the Hours of the Roman Rite (ordinary form) is the following: The plainchant hymn has been developed by many composers from pre-baroque to the present day. The Roman Rite employs four different plainchant tunes for the Ave Maris Stella; the first three are designated for solemnities, feasts, and memorials of the Blessed Virgin
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    Burning Down the House

    Burning Down the House

    • Lyricist: Chris Frantz
    • Recorded versions: Burning Down the House
    "Burning Down the House" is a song by New Wave band Talking Heads, released as the first single from their fifth studio album Speaking in Tongues. Chris Frantz has stated that he thought of the titular chorus after seeing a Parliament-Funkadelic show in 1979 where group leader George Clinton chanted "Burn down the house." (Bernie Worrell of Parliament-Funkadelic appears on the song playing synthesizer, a clavinet.) The initial lyrics were considerably different, however. In an interview on NPR's "All Things Considered" aired on December 2, 1984, David Byrne played excerpts of early worktapes showing how the song had evolved from an instrumental jam by Tina Weymouth (bass) and Chris Frantz (drums). Once the whole band had reworked the groove into something resembling the final recording, Byrne began chanting and singing nonsense syllables over the music until he had arrived at phrasing that fit with the rhythms—a technique influenced by former Talking Heads producer Brian Eno-- "and then I [would] just write words to fit that phrasing... I'd have loads and loads of phrases collected that I thought thematically had something to do with one another, and I'd pick from those." According
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    Dangerously in Love

    Dangerously in Love

    • Recorded versions: Dangerously in Love
    "Dangerously in Love 2" is a song written and produced by Beyoncé Knowles and Errol McCalla, Jr. The ballad was first recorded by Destiny's Child for their third studio album Survivor (2001), under the title "Dangerously in Love", and is one of the few songs on Survivor that Knowles sings almost completely solo. The song later became the title track to Knowles' debut album with some minor adjustments instrumentally. "Dangerously in Love 2" is an R&B and soul ballad, the lyrics of which detail romantic obsession. "Dangerously in Love 2" received generally positive response from music critics, who wrote that the song effectively shows the vocal capabilities of Knowles. It won a Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance at the 46th Grammy Awards. Though not released as a single, "Dangerously in Love 2" charted at number 57 the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and at number 17 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. Knowles performed the ballad at the 46th Grammy Awards, the Verizon Ladies First Tour, the Dangerously in Love Tour, The Beyoncé Experience and the I Am... Tour. Knowles has earned a number of positive reviews for her live performances of the song on her tours. "Dangerously
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    Drive

    Drive

    • Composer: Incubus
    • Lyricist: Incubus
    • Recorded versions: Drive
    "Drive" is the title of a song recorded by American rock band Incubus. It was released in November 2000 as a single from their third album Make Yourself. It is considered the band's biggest hit and breakthrough single, eventually reaching the top of Billboard's modern rock charts on March 3, 2001 and #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 on July 28. In 2001, "Drive" won Billboard's award for Modern Rock Single of the Year. According to lead singer, Brandon Boyd, "The lyric is basically about fear, about being driven all your life by it and making decisions from fear. It's about imagining what life would be like if you didn't live it that way". The song is what is widely described as mellow, featuring mostly acoustic instruments and grounded both musically and lyrically in a very relaxing and positive ambiance. When played live, the song is performed in a number of different ways; unplugged with Mike and Brandon, the full band with Mike playing guitar, or the remixed version, centering around Ben Kenney's amplified and reconstructed bass melodies, with Mike playing an electric piano (as seen on the Alive at Red Rocks DVD). The music video is based on M.C. Escher's Drawing Hands. Directed by
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    Fell on Black Days

    Fell on Black Days

    • Recorded versions: Fell on Black Days
    "Fell on Black Days" is a song by the American rock band Soundgarden. Written by frontman Chris Cornell, "Fell on Black Days" was released in 1994 as the fifth single from the band's fourth studio album, Superunknown (1994). The song peaked at number four on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. The song was included on Soundgarden's 1997 greatest hits album, A-Sides and the 2010 compilation Telephantasm as the Superunknown version on the single disk version and the video version on the Deluxe Edition. The majority of "Fell on Black Days" was written by frontman Chris Cornell. The time signature of the song is in 6/4. Cornell said, "On 'Fell on Black Days; the drums are totally straight, even though the riff is in six, so it doesn't feel quirky at all." Guitarist Kim Thayil has said that Soundgarden usually did not consider the time signature of a song until after the band had written it, and said that the use of odd meters was "a total accident." Cornell on "Fell On Black Days": "Fell on Black Days" was like this ongoing fear I've had for years...It's a feeling that everyone gets. You're happy with your life, everything's going well, things are exciting—when all of a sudden
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    Lupang Hinirang

    Lupang Hinirang

    • Composer: Julián Felipe
    • Lyricist: José Palma
    Lupang Hinirang is the national anthem of the Philippines. Its music was composed in 1898 by Julián Felipe, with lyrics in Spanish adapted from the poem Filipinas, written by José Palma in 1899. Originally written as incidental music, it did not have words when it was adopted as the national anthem of the Philippines and subsequently played during the proclamation of Philippine independence on June 12, 1898. During the American occupation of the Philippines, the colonial government banned the song from being played with the passage of the Flag Law. The law was repealed in 1919 and the song was translated into English and would be legalized as the "Philippine Hymn". The anthem was translated into Tagalog beginning in the 1940s. A 1956 Pilipino version, revised in the 1960s, serves as the present anthem. Lupang Hinirang in Filipino or Tagalog means "Chosen Land" in English. Some English sources erroneously translate Lupang Hinirang as "Beloved Land" or "Beloved Country"; the first term is actually a translation of the incipit of the original poem Filipinas (Tiérra adorada), while "Beloved Country" is a translation of Bayang Magiliw, the current version's incipit (and colloquial
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    Violin Concerto

    Violin Concerto

    • Composer: Johannes Brahms
    • Recorded versions: Violin Concerto
    Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77 is a violin concerto in three movements composed by Johannes Brahms in 1878 and dedicated to his friend, the violinist Joseph Joachim. It is Brahms's only violin concerto, and, according to Joachim, one of the four great German violin concerti. It is scored for solo violin and an orchestra consisting of flutes, oboes, clarinets, bassoons; 4 horns in D, F, and E, 2 trumpets in D, timpani, and strings. It follows the standard concerto form, with three movements in the pattern quick-slow-quick: Originally, the work was planned in four movements like the second piano concerto. The middle movements, one of which was intended to be a scherzo — a mark that Brahms intended a symphonic concerto rather than a virtuoso showpiece — were discarded and replaced with what Brahms called a "feeble Adagio." Some of the discarded material was reworked for the second piano concerto. Brahms, who was impatient with the minutiae of slurs marking the bowing, rather than phrasing, as his usual practice was, asked Joachim's advice on the writing of the solo violin part. Joachim, who had first been alerted when Brahms informed him in August that "a few violin passages"
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    When I Fall in Love

    When I Fall in Love

    • Composer: Victor Young
    • Lyricist: Edward Heyman
    • Recorded versions: When I Fall in Love
    "When I Fall in Love" is a popular song, written by Victor Young (music) and Edward Heyman (lyrics). It was introduced in the film One Minute to Zero. The song has become a standard, with many artists recording it, though the first hit version was by Doris Day. Doris Day's recording was made on June 5, 1952. It was released by Columbia Records as catalog number 39786 and issued with the flip side "Take Me in Your Arms". The song reached number 20 on the Billboard chart. A cover version was recorded by Nat King Cole on December 28, 1956. It was issued by Capitol Records on an LP album, Love Is the Thing, catalog number SW824. The single was released in the UK in 1957, and reached number 2 on the UK Singles Chart. This recording was re-released in 1987, reaching number 4 on that occasion. It competed with a version by Rick Astley released at the same time. Astley's version reached number 2. Romantic singer Johnny Mathis recorded it on his album Open Fire, Two Guitars in 1959 which was charted in the UK and many other countries. Blues-lounge singer Etta James hit the Billboard Top 100 with her 1961 version. A version by The Lettermen issued as a single in 1961 also became quite
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    Marjane, Marjane

    Marjane, Marjane

    "Marjane, Marjane" (lit. "Marjan, Marjan") is a Croatian song from Dalmatia. The name refers to the Marjan hill which overlooks the capital of Dalmatia, the city of Split, and on which the main (large) city flag is raised. It originates from a folk song sung in the city during the late 1930s, which was first recorded by the poet Ivo Tijardović. During World War II the song (with somewhat expanded wording) became very popular among the Yugoslav Partisans. The original song was also played on the radio of the Nazi-puppet Independent State of Croatia, the Croatian Radio (Hrvatski krugoval). The original lyrics serve as the official festive song of the city of Split. The song, being traditional, does not have a strictly defined ending, so its ending has changed through time and ideologies. Numerous artists have recorded the song. Najbolji Hrvatski Tamburaši included it in their 1989 release Hrvatska pjesmarica. Trio Gušt released a version with new lyrics in 2009. In later versions, from the beginning of the Informbiro period (1948–1955) to the dissolution of Yugoslavia in 1991 with the Yugoslav wars, the stanza with the reference to Stalin was no longer popular and became used less
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    Unwritten

    Unwritten

    • Recorded versions: Unwritten
    "Unwritten" is a song by English singer Natasha Bedingfield. Bedingfield, Danielle Brisebois, and Wayne Rodriguez wrote it for her debut album, Unwritten. The single was released as the album's third UK single (November 2004) and second US single (September 2005). It reached number five on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming her first top-ten hit in the United States. "Unwritten" was the most played song on U.S. radio during 2006 as confirmed before her performance at the Diana concert, and as of March 2006, was certified platinum in the U.S. "Unwritten" is Bedingfield's most successful single in the US, along with "Pocketful of Sunshine"; both songs peaked at number five on the Billboard Hot 100. The song earned Bedingfield a Grammy nomination in Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance at the 49th Grammy Awards but she lost to Christina Aguilera's "Ain't No Other Man". Two different music videos were made for the promotion of the song: one was shot in 2004 in the UK to promote it internationally; the other one was shot in New York in 2006 to promote the single in North America. Both versions received airplay in Latin America. International version: directed by Michael
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    Shining Star

    Shining Star

    • Recorded versions: Shining star
    "Shining Star" is a 1975 song by Earth, Wind & Fire from their album That's the Way of the World. The song was written by Maurice White, Larry Dunn and Philip Bailey and produced by White. "Shining Star" was Earth, Wind & Fire's first major hit, hitting No. 1 on both the U.S. Hot 100 and R&B charts. The song is considered a prime example of funk music that has attained mainstream success.The concept for Shining Star came to Maurice during a stroll he took at night during the band's recording of "That's the Way of the World" when by looked up towards the starry sky he gained inspiration for such and took his ideas about the song to the other band members. The song is noted for its dropping out of the instruments, during the last repeated lines, before the group Earth, Wind and Fire repeat the final line once in acapella, before the song's abrupt ending. "Shining Star" won Earth, Wind & Fire a Grammy for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals. The single was very successful commercially, selling over a million copies. It has been certified gold as up until the RIAA lowered the sales levels for certified singles in 1989, a Gold single equaled 1 million units sold. Earth,
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    Three Blind Mice

    Three Blind Mice

    • Recorded versions: Three Blind Mice
    "Three Blind Mice" is an English nursery rhyme and musical round. It has a Roud Folk Song Index number of 3753. The modern words are: A version of this rhyme, together with music, was published in Deuteromelia or The Seconde part of Musicks melodie (1609). The editor of the book, and possible author of the rhyme, was Thomas Ravenscroft, who in 1609 was still a teenager. The original lyrics are: Attempts to read historical significance into the words have led to the speculation that this musical round was written earlier and refers to Queen Mary I of England blinding and executing three Protestant bishops, but problematically the Oxford Martyrs, Ridley, Latimer and Cranmer, were burned at the stake, not blinded. The rhyme only entered children's literature in 1842 when it was published in a collection by James Orchard Halliwell. Amateur music composer Thomas Oliphant (1799–1873) noted in 1843 that: This absurd old round is frequently brought to mind in the present day, from the circumstance of there being an instrumental Quartet by Weiss, through which runs a musical phrase accidentally the same as the notes applied to the word Three Blind Mice. They form a third descending, C, B,
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    1 Life

    1 Life

    • Recorded versions: 1 Life
    "1 Life" was the Belgian entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 2004, performed in English by Xandee. The song was performed thirteenth in the final, to which Belgium was prequalified (following Bosnia and Herzegovina's Deen with "In The Disco" and preceding Russia's Yulia Savicheva with "Believe Me"). At the close of voting, it had received 7 points, placing 22nd and forcing Belgium to qualify through the semi-final at their next Contest appearance. The song is an up-tempo Euro disco number, with Xandee singing about the need to take advantage of every opportunity because we only have "one life". It was succeeded as Belgian representative at the 2005 Contest by Nuno Resende with "Le grand soir".
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    Afterglow

    Afterglow

    • Recorded versions: Afterglow
    "Afterglow" is a song by Australian rock band INXS, released as the second single from the band's eleventh studio album, Switch, on 25 April 2006. The song was written by Andrew Farriss and Desmond Child, and was a tribute to Michael Hutchence, one of INXS' founders, who was alleged to have committed suicide in 1997. In singing the song, J. D. Fortune, winner of Rock Star: INXS, described his role in Hutchence's legacy—his "afterglow". The song is described as "soft rock", with melody reminiscent of INXS' earlier work with Hutchence. "Afterglow" peaked at #24 on the ARIA Singles chart, spending 10 weeks in the top 50. The song reached #22 on the Billboard Adult Top 40 chart, and #20 on the Hot Adult Top 40 Tracks. "Afterglow" appeared on the Kuschelrock, Vol. 20 compilation released in September 2006. The video for the single features actress Estella Warren and J. D. Fortune in a loft in downtown Los Angeles. J. D. Fortune walks alone on the empty Sixth Street Viaduct and is later joined by the rest of the band of INXS. The remixed version had Sona singing in Hindi. Additionally Randy Boyer has reworked the song in a remix with Eric Talda.
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    El Himno de Riego

    El Himno de Riego

    El Himno de Riego is a song dating from the Liberal Triennium and named in honour of Colonel Rafael del Riego. It was the national anthem of Spain during the Trienio Liberal (1820-1823) and the First (1873-1874) and Second Spanish Republics (1931–1939). At the Davis Cup tennis finals held in Australia in 2003, James Morrison played this anthem, El Himno de Riego instead of Spain's current national anthem, the Marcha Real ("Royal March"). Australian officials claimed there was an error on the CD provided to the musician, but still Spanish sport authorities issued an official protest. This alternative version was extremely popular amongst Spaniards, particularly in Catalonia (part of it is in Catalan), during the Spanish Civil War. The rudeness of the lyrics reflects the dislike of Republican Spain for the church and the monarchy. After the war, these lyrics continued to be sung, by Franco's detractors and enemies. Such was the popularity of these lyrics that even today many people, particularly younger ones, think they are in fact the official ones. La reina quiere una corona? Corona le daremos que venga a Barcelona
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    Gott erhalte Franz den Kaiser

    Gott erhalte Franz den Kaiser

    • Composer: Joseph Haydn
    Gott erhalte Franz den Kaiser (God Save Emperor Francis) was originally written as an anthem to Francis II, Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire and later of Austria. The lyrics were by Lorenz Leopold Haschka (1749–1827), and the melody by Joseph Haydn. It is sometimes called the "Kaiserhymne" (Emperor's Hymn). Haydn's tune has since been widely employed in other contexts: in works of classical music, in Christian hymns, in alma maters, and as the tune of Das Lied der Deutschen, the national anthem of Germany. The sound file given below (played on a piano) uses the harmony Haydn employed for the string quartet version of his song, which he prepared later in 1797. The English translation of the above verse is: God save Francis the Emperor, our good Emperor Francis! Long live Francis the Emperor in the brightest splendor of bliss! May laurel branches bloom for him, wherever he goes, as a wreath of honor. God save Francis the Emperor, our good Emperor Francis! The song was written when Austria was seriously threatened by France and patriotic sentiments ran high. The story of the song's genesis was narrated in 1847 by Anton Schmid, who was Custodian of the Austrian National Library in
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    How Can You Mend a Broken Heart?

    How Can You Mend a Broken Heart?

    • Recorded versions: How Can You Mend a Broken Heart?
    "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart" is an adult contemporary ballad released by the Bee Gees in 1971. The song had been written by Barry and Robin Gibb in August 1970, when the Gibb brothers had reconvened following a period of break-up and alienation. They said that they originally offered it to Andy Williams, but ultimately the Bee Gees recorded it themselves and included it on their 1971 album, Trafalgar. Maurice Gibb possibly had a hand in the writing of "How Can You Mend A Broken Heart" although the song is officially credited to Barry and Robin Gibb. The 2009 release "Ultimate Bee Gees" officially credited Maurice for the first time as cowriter of the song, for both the "Ultimate" CD and DVD. The line in the chorus "What makes the world go 'round?" is a repeat of a line heard in their song "Man For All Seasons" on their previous album 2 Years On. The song was recorded on 28 January 1971 in London. The instrumental track is: Barry Gibb (guitar), Maurice Gibb (guitar, piano, bass guitar), possibly Alan Kendall (guitar), and Geoff Bridgeford (drums), with strings and woodwinds arranged and conducted by Bill Shepherd. The vocals are by Robin (solo in the opening verse), Barry (solo
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    My Lovely Horse

    My Lovely Horse

    • Lyricist: Graham Linehan
    • Recorded versions: My Lovely Horse
    My Lovely Horse is a song featured in the hit comedy series Father Ted. It was written by Graham Linehan, Arthur Mathews and Neil Hannon (of The Divine Comedy), and appeared in the episode "A Song for Europe", in which Ted (Dermot Morgan) and Dougal (Ardal O'Hanlon) sing it for Ireland at "A Song For Ireland" (which is shown every year), a contest to determine who will represent Ireland at the "Eurosong" Contest. There, they were given "0 Points" by the juries of France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Poland, Denmark, Russia, Sweden, Finland, Luxembourg, The Netherlands and Norway. According to the DVD commentary, the video is based on "That's What Friends Are For" by The Swarbriggs, a genuine Irish Eurovision competitor in 1975. The song was released on CD as a B-side to The Divine Comedy's single "Gin Soaked Boy". The track lasts 1:23. The in-show history of the song is that Ted and Dougal secretly plagiarised the melody from the B-side of a record by Nin Huegen and the Huegenotes (the band who came fifth in "A Song for Norway" in 1976). As everyone who was in any way involved with the original song had perished in a plane crash, Ted decided he could get away with simply using
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    Vampires Will Never Hurt You

    Vampires Will Never Hurt You

    • Recorded versions: Vampires Will Never Hurt You
    "Vampires Will Never Hurt You" is the first single and third track from My Chemical Romance's debut album, I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love. The cover features a shot from the film Halloween III: Season of the Witch. The music video consists of My Chemical Romance tightly packed into a room where they play their instruments in very little color. In the video, Frank Iero is seen singing backup for Gerard Way along with lead guitar player Ray Toro. Gerard Way has said this song, "Skylines and Turnstiles" and "Headfirst for Halos" are the most important songs on the album. Though the video was shown at the record release show for My Chemical Romance's first album, it was only officially released when the album I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love was re-released in 2005. The re-release included this music video, as well as the one for "Honey, This Mirror Isn't Big Enough for the Two of Us". The re-release also had an Eyeball Records CD included along with it.
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    From Zero to Hero

    From Zero to Hero

    • Recorded versions: From Zero to Hero
    "From Zero to Hero" is a song by German singer–songwriter Sarah Connor from her fourth studio album, Naughty but Nice (2005). Written and produced by Rob Tyger and Kay Denar, the song was released on 7 March 2005 as the album's second and final single. It served as the European theme song for the 2005 20th Century Fox animated film Robots, in which Connor voiced the character of Cappy. Also serving as the official song for the 2005 German Red Nose Day campaign, it became Connor's fifth number-one hit (fourth in a row), making her the only German female artist to have ever had four consecutive number-one hits on the German Singles Chart.
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    Mer Hayrenik

    Mer Hayrenik

    • Composer: Barsegh Kanachyan
    • Lyricist: Mikael Nalbandian
    "Mer Hayrenik" (Armenian: Մեր Հայրենիք, Armenian pronunciation: [mɛɾ hɑjɾɛnikʰ]; "Our Fatherland") is the national anthem of the Republic of Armenia. Adopted on July 1, 1991, it was also the national anthem of the Democratic Republic of Armenia (1918–1920), the first modern Armenian state. The lyrics of the anthem are adapted from a version of Song of an Italian girl (Armenian: Իտալացի աղջկա երգը, written in 1859) by Mikael Nalbandian (1829–1866). Later set to music by composer Barsegh Kanachyan (1885–1967). Mer Hayrenik is based on the first, third, fourth and sixth stanzas of the original poem The Song of an Italian Girl. Refers to the Wars of Italian Independence against the Austrian Empire.
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    Miami

    Miami

    • Recorded versions: Miami
    "Miami" is a 1998 single from Will Smith's debut solo album Big Willie Style. It samples The Whispers' 1980 hit "And the Beat Goes On". The song charted at number 17 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 3 on the UK charts. It won a MTV VMA Best Male Video award. The video features an early appearance of future Hitch co-star Eva Mendes. The single was considered to be of a different style to Smith's previous singles, becoming his highest selling worldwide single of his whole career.
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    As Long as He Needs Me

    As Long as He Needs Me

    • Composer: Lionel Bart
    • Recorded versions: As Long as He Needs Me
    As Long as He Needs Me is a torch song sung by the character of Nancy in the musical film Oliver!, introduced in the 1960 musical and sung originally by Georgia Brown, who was the first actress to play Nancy. It is a love ballad expressing Nancy's love for her criminal boyfriend Bill Sikes, despite his mistreatment of her. A reprise of this song towards the end of the show expresses Nancy's affection for young Oliver Twist, implying that she now feels that the child also needs her. This reprise was omitted from the film version. The song has also been sung as "As Long as She Needs Me," when sung by a male singer. Its popularity grew by virtue of renditions by several popular singers, including Lionel Bart and Shirley Bassey who reached number two for 5 weeks on the United Kingdom charts with the song. Bassey's recording became one of the highest sellers of 1960 staying on the UK charts for 30 weeks, and is still heard regularly playing in the background on the TV show "EastEnders". The song was performed by Nadia Turner and Melinda Doolittle on American Idol. The song has been performed by contestants Nadia Turner (2005) and Melinda Doolittle (2007) on American Idol. It was
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    Coventry Carol

    Coventry Carol

    • Recorded versions: Coventry Carol
    The "Coventry Carol" is a Christmas carol dating from the 16th century. The carol was performed in Coventry in England as part of a mystery play called The Pageant of the Shearmen and Tailors. The play depicts the Christmas story from chapter two in the Gospel of Matthew. The carol refers to the Massacre of the Innocents, in which Herod ordered all male infants under the age of two in Bethlehem to be killed. The lyrics of this haunting carol represent a mother's lament for her doomed child. It is the only carol that has survived from this play. It is notable as a well-known example of a Picardy third. The author is unknown. The oldest known text was written down by Robert Croo in 1534, and the oldest known printing of the melody dates from 1591. The carol is traditionally sung a cappella. There is an alternative setting of the carol by Kenneth Leighton. The only manuscript copy to have survived into recent times was burnt in 1875. Our knowledge of the lyrics is therefore based on two very poor quality transcriptions from the early nineteenth century, and there is considerable doubt about many of the words. Some of the transcribed words are difficult to make sense of: for example,
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    Dr. Feelgood

    Dr. Feelgood

    • Recorded versions: Dr. Feelgood
    "Dr. Feelgood" is a song by the American heavy metal band Mötley Crüe. It was released as the first single and is the title track to their fifth album. Although it is the title track, some versions of the album do not include it, such as the Korean edition. Released in 1989 as the album's first single, "Dr. Feelgood" became Mötley Crüe's first American Top Ten hit, peaking at No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 on October 28, 1989. It is their highest ranked single to this day. In November 1989, the single was certified gold by the RIAA for more than 500,000 units shipped in the United States. "Dr. Feelgood" is Mötley Crüe's only Gold single in the U.S. In 2009, it was ranked the 15th greatest hard rock song of all time by VH1. A demo of the song was released on the Crücial Crüe edition of the album in 2003 which was sung from the point of view of Dr. Feelgood, i.e., in first person rather than third. An instrumental version of the song appeared in the movie Highlander: The Final Dimension. A cover of "Dr. Feelgood" was performed by the rap group 2 Live Crew on the soundtrack to film, Hangin' with the Homeboys (1991). "Weird Al" Yankovic covered the song for his polka medley "Polka Your
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    Juicy

    Juicy

    • Composer: The Notorious B.I.G.
    • Recorded versions: Juicy
    "Juicy" is the title of a single by American hip hop artist The Notorious B.I.G. and his solo debut single from his 1994 debut album Ready to Die. It was produced by Poke of Trackmasters & Sean "Puffy" Combs. It is a sample of Mtume's "Juicy Fruit", but samples it's instrumental beat from the song's "Fruity Instrumental" mix, and has an alternative chorus sung by girl group Total. The song is considered by The Source and About.com as one of the greatest hip hop songs of all time. The song has sold over 5,607,000 copies. After the death of The Notorious B.I.G. in March 1997, a tribute version of this song was made in his honor by the R&B musical group Next with mostly alternate lyrics. The song is a "rags-to-riches chronicle" detailing his early years in poverty, his initial dreams of becoming a rap artist and early influences, his time in drugs and crime, and his eventual success in the music business and current lavish lifestyle. He talks about the "one room shack" that he grew up in, which is contradicted by his mother in the documentary Biggie & Tupac. The song was featured in the biographical film Notorious. In the song, he makes a reference to his success as "Time to get paid,
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    Vogue

    Vogue

    • Recorded versions: Vogue
    "Vogue" is a song by American singer-songwriter Madonna from her soundtrack album I'm Breathless (Music from and Inspired by the film Dick Tracy) and was released on March 20, 1990, by Sire Records. Madonna was inspired by vogue dancers and choreographers Jose and Luis Xtravaganza from the Harlem "House Ball" community, the origin of the dance Vogue, and they introduced "Vogueing" to her at the New York City club "Sound Factory". Jose Xtravaganza is featured in the Historic Art Documentary How Do I Look, directed by Wolfgang Busch. The song also appears on the 1990 greatest hits compilation The Immaculate Collection and Madonna's third greatest hits album, Celebration. "Vogue" is an upbeat dance-pop song which contains a house beat and groove. Noted to contain influences of deep house, it is a contemporary track which followed the trends of dance music in the 1990s; nevertheless, it has strong influences of 70s disco within its composition. The song also contains a spoken section, in which the singer namechecks various golden era Hollywood celebrities. Lyrically, the song is about enjoying oneself on the dance floor no matter who one is, and it contains a theme of escapism.
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    Backwater

    Backwater

    • Recorded versions: Backwater
    "Backwater" is a song recorded by the Meat Puppets. It was released as the first single from the group's album Too High to Die. The single was released in three versions: one promo CDS and two singles. It is the Meat Puppets most successful single. The highest position in the US was #47 in Billboard Hot 100 and #2 on the Billboard Album Rock Charts. The 3 track single features a cover of the Feederz. (All songs by Curt Kirkwood unless otherwise noted)
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    Hypnotize

    Hypnotize

    • Recorded versions: Hypnotize
    "Hypnotize" is the lead single for American heavy metal band System of a Down's album of the same name, which was released on November 22, 2005 (see 2005 in music). The video was filmed on September 28, 2005, at the Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It reached number one on Billboard's Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart and is the band's biggest international hit. As in many Mezmerize/Hypnotize songs, guitarist Daron Malakian accompanies Serj Tankian in the vocal sections. Serj and Daron perform a harmony in the refrain before and after the instrumental bridge. The combination of the two vocalists gives the song a vocal range, with Serj handling the lower verses and Daron handling the higher verses. Musically, "Hypnotize" changes modes in several places. The opening guitar riff and early verses are an upbeat melody that switches between the I (melodic) and V (Hindu) modes of F# melodic minor. The later riffs and the outro to the song are in the more commonly heard VI (natural) mode of F# minor. This mixing of modes creates the song's characteristic psychedelic feeling. The Eastern-themed instrumental bridge contains at least four overdubbed clean guitar tracks and a
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    Tibetan National Anthem

    Tibetan National Anthem

    • Composer: Mikhail Pletnev
    The current Tibetan National Anthem, known as Gyallu was written by Trijang Rinpoche and came into use around 1950. The first national anthem of Tibet was created in the 18th century by Pholanas. Tibet's first national anthem was, according to Tashi Tsering, written by a famous Tibetan scholar, during the epoch of the seventh Dalai Lama and under the reign of the Pholanas in between 1745-1746. Gyallu is the current national anthem of Tibet. The anthem focuses on the radiance of Buddha. The words were written by Trijang Rinpoche around 1950 but it is unclear exactly when Tibet's anthem was first used, either while the country was still under the control of the Dalai Lama's administration or first adopted by the government in exile after the entrance of The People's Liberation Army into the country.. The earliest report of an anthem (presumably this one) is from the period of 1949 to 1950 (when the country was already facing the threat of a Chinese invasion), introduced under reforms set in place to strengthen patriotic feelings of the Tibetan people. Another report states that the anthem was presented to the 14th Dalai Lama in 1960, after he went into exile. Regardless of the
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    Tristan und Isolde

    Tristan und Isolde

    • Composer: Richard Wagner
    • Lyricist: Richard Wagner
    • Recorded versions: Tristan und Isolde
    Tristan und Isolde (Tristan and Isolde, or Tristan and Isolda, or Tristran and Ysolt) is an opera, or music drama, in three acts by Richard Wagner to a German libretto by the composer, based largely on the romance by Gottfried von Straßburg. It was composed between 1857 and 1859 and premiered in Munich on 10 June 1865 with Hans von Bülow conducting. Wagner referred to "Tristan und Isolde" not as an opera, but called it "Eine Handlung" (literally drama or plot), which was the equivalent of the term used by the Spanish playwright Calderón for his dramas. Wagner's composition of Tristan und Isolde was inspired by his affair with Mathilde Wesendonck and the philosophy of Arthur Schopenhauer. Widely acknowledged as one of the peaks of the operatic repertory, Tristan was notable for Wagner's advanced use of chromaticism, tonality, orchestral colour and harmonic suspension. The opera was profoundly influential among Western classical composers and provided inspiration to composers such as Gustav Mahler, Richard Strauss, Karol Szymanowski, Alban Berg and Arnold Schoenberg. Many see Tristan as the beginning of the move away from conventional harmony and tonality and consider that it lays
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    ¡Dame! ¡Dame! ¡Dame!

    ¡Dame! ¡Dame! ¡Dame!

    "ᅡᄀDame! ᅡᄀDame! ᅡᄀDame!" is the Spanish language version of the Swedish pop group ABBA's hit "Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)". The song was released as a single to promote Gracias Por La Mᅢᄎsica in Latin America and other Spanish speaking countries.
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    Bad Girl

    Bad Girl

    • Recorded versions: Bad Girl
    "Bad Girl" is a song by Madonna, released as the third single from her 1992 studio album Erotica in February 1993 by Maverick Records. Written by Madonna, Shep Pettibone, and Anthony Shimkin and produced by Madonna and Shep Pettibone, the single was released a month after the controversial erotic thriller Body of Evidence, which also starred Madonna. The song was a modest success on the charts, reaching number 36 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and number ten on the UK Singles Chart, falling off the chart shortly after. This caused the release of the next UK single "Fever" to be released only four weeks later. The music video to accompany the single was directed by David Fincher, who had previously collaborated on Madonna's "Express Yourself", "Oh Father" and "Vogue" videos. It also features the American actor Christopher Walken who plays "a guardian angel (or the angel of death)". Madonna has only ever performed the song live once during an appearance on Saturday Night Live in January 1993. In North America the single included remixes of the album track "Fever", which was released independently in Europe as the fourth single from Erotica. The single was a critical darling and was
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    Knock on Wood

    Knock on Wood

    • Recorded versions: Knock on Wood
    "Knock on Wood" is a 1966 hit song written by Eddie Floyd and Steve Cropper and originally performed by Eddie Floyd. The Eddie Floyd version peaked at #28 on the Hot 100 and spent one week at #1 on the Soul Singles chart. The song has been frequently covered, first by Otis Redding and Carla Thomas (1967), and with charting singles by David Bowie (1974) and Amii Stewart (1979). The song is in chromatic-minor with a tonic major chord. 1984 (band) Studio demo recorded on March 31st 1967 at Thames Television in Broom Lane Studios, Teddington, UK. David Bowie's 1974 single is taken from the live album David Live. Amii Stewart recorded a disco version of the song, which reached #1 in the U.S. charts in April 1979, as well as charting on the soul singles and disco charts, becoming the best-known version of the song. the song was co-produced by Simon May. It also reached the Top 10 twice in the UK, first in 1979 (#6) and a remixed version reached #7 in 1985. In August 2007, Australian soul singer Guy Sebastian recorded a tribute version of "Knock on Wood" at Ardent Studios in Memphis, Tennessee for his album of soul classics The Memphis Album. Steve Cropper played on and produced this
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    Love Shoulda Brought You Home

    Love Shoulda Brought You Home

    • Recorded versions: Love Shoulda Brought You Home
    "Love Shoulda Brought You Home" is the first solo single by American R&B singer Toni Braxton. The song was written by Babyface, Daryl Simmons, and Bo Watson, and was featured on the soundtrack to the 1992 romantic comedy film Boomerang. It served as the follow-up to Braxton's duet with Babyface entitled "Give U My Heart". Those pair of songs were submitted to Anita Baker but due to her impending pregnancy, she had to decline. The single became a top forty hit on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and her second consecutive top five hit on the U.S. Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. One year later, the song was included on Braxton's eponymous debut album, Toni Braxton. The title is a direct line from Boomerang. In the film, Halle Berry's character, Angela Lewis, angrily tells her man, Marcus Graham (Eddie Murphy), after he spent the night with another woman, "Love should've brought your ass home last night." The music video, directed by Ralph Ziman, showed an angry Braxton—alternating between a long sweater (as a dress) and a suit complete with tie. She is fed up with her boyfriend and testifies that if he really cared, then love should have brought him home last night.
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    MOFO

    MOFO

    • Recorded versions: Mofo
    "Mofo" is a song by U2. It is the third track on the band's 1997 album Pop and it was released as the album's final single on 8 December 1997. The song was partially written about Bono's mother, whom he lost at the age of fourteen. Other songs which Bono wrote about his mother include "Lemon", "I Will Follow" and "Tomorrow". "Mofo" opened every concert from the 1997-1998 PopMart Tour. Although the studio version released on the album was more techno-oriented, live performances had an increased rock arrangement. It appears in the concert film PopMart: Live from Mexico City and also on Hasta la Vista Baby!, a live album from the same show. British electronica band Underworld also recorded a remix that was never released. All lyrics written by Bono and The Edge, all music composed by U2. All lyrics written by Bono and The Edge, all music composed by U2.
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    My Arms Keep Missing You

    My Arms Keep Missing You

    • Recorded versions: My Arms Keep Missing You
    "My Arms Keep Missing You" was a song released as the second half of a double A-side single performed by Rick Astley in 1987. The first A-side is the pop standard "When I Fall in Love". "My Arms Keep Missing You" was released as an independent single in Germany and reached #6.
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    Stay

    Stay

    • Recorded versions: Stay
    "Stay (I Missed You)" is a song and debut single by American singer-songwriter Lisa Loeb, which became her breakthrough song in 1994. It was included on the Reality Bites soundtrack, as well as her debut album, Tails. "Stay" ultimately went on to become a number-one hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, earning her the distinction of being the only artist to top the U.S. chart before being signed to any record label. The song reached number six on the UK Singles Chart and was even performed on Top of the Pops. It also peaked at number 14 on the New Zealand RIANZ Top 40. "Stay" later placed 93rd on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of the 90's. For their performance of the song Lisa Loeb and Nine Stories were nominated for a Grammy for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals. Loeb was discovered by actor and friend Ethan Hawke, who lived in an apartment across the street from her in New York City. She met Hawke through mutual friends in the NYC theatre community. Loeb had been performing "Stay (I Missed You)" to positive response at her shows, and Hawke gave a tape of Loeb's song to director Ben Stiller during the making of the film Reality Bites. Stiller subsequently agreed to use
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    Werewolves of London

    Werewolves of London

    • Composer: Warren Zevon
    • Recorded versions: Werewolves of London
    "Werewolves of London" is a rock song composed by LeRoy Marinell, Waddy Wachtel, and Warren Zevon and performed by Zevon. Included on Zevon's 1978 album Excitable Boy, it featured accompaniment by bassist John McVie and drummer Mick Fleetwood of Fleetwood Mac. The single was released by Asylum Records as catalog number 45472. It entered the American Top 40 charts on April 22, 1978, reaching number 21, and remained in the Top 40 for six weeks. Because the emphasis of the melody is on the note G, the song is in the key of G major and the chord progression (D-C-G) is V-IV-I (rather than I-bVII-IV).
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    Automatic

    Automatic

    • Recorded versions: Automatic
    "Automatic" is a song by Prince from his 1982 album, 1999. It was released as a 7" single only in Australia, with the B-side of "Something in the Water (Does Not Compute)". A promotional music video directed by Bruce Gowers, who previously directed the "1999" video as well as videos from Queen, Rod Stewart and John Mellencamp, was produced for the song, which features band mates Lisa Coleman and Jill Jones whipping Prince in a simulated S&M session. The video was not released through conventional outlets (It was only released as a promotional video for Dance Clubs.) but circulates amongst collectors. "Automatic" was first played during the 1999 Tour. Later it was a featured number during Prince's 1986 Parade tour. The song was part of a mini-1999 medley consisting of a short instrumental segment of "Lady Cab Driver", "Automatic", and a very brief "D.M.S.R.". The song reappeared in 2002 at some aftershows in a medley with the Graffiti Bridge song "Shake!".
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    Be with You

    Be with You

    • Recorded versions: Be With You
    "Be with You" ("Sólo Me Importas Tú" in Spanish countries) is a dance/pop song performed by singer Enrique Iglesias. It was co-written by Iglesias and, produced by Mark Taylor and Brian Rawling, the team responsible for Cher's hit song "Believe". Iglesias once stated that he initially came up with the lyrics of the song while taking a break from recording in London's Hyde Park. The song was released as the second single from Iglesias' debut English album Enrique in 2000. The song was successful, particularly in the U.S where it was Iglesias' second #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Dance Recording. The official music video for this single was directed by Dave Meyers and starts out with Enrique and a bunch of friends (played by Enrique's real life friends including Gerardo Mejía) stopping at a road side store. While messing around in the store Enrique makes eye contact with the shy girl working the counter, his love interest in the video (played by Shannon Elizabeth). When the group leave the store, Enrique drives their jeep while the others perform various stunts including car surfing and interacting with girls in another jeep riding
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    Ben

    Ben

    • Composer: Walter Scharf
    • Recorded versions: Ben
    "Ben" is a song written by Don Black and composed by Walter Scharf for the 1972 film of the same name (the sequel to the 1971 killer rat film Willard). It was performed in the film by Lee Montgomery and by Michael Jackson over the closing credits. Jackson's single, recorded for the Motown label in 1972, spent one week at the top of the U.S. pop chart. It also reached number-one on the Australian pop chart, spending eight weeks at the top spot. The song also later reached a peak of number seven on the British pop chart. "Ben" won a Golden Globe for Best Song. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1973, losing to "The Morning After" from The Poseidon Adventure; Jackson performed the song in front of a live audience at the ceremony. The song was Jackson's first #1 solo hit. Originally written for Donny Osmond, "Ben" was offered to Jackson as Osmond was on tour at the time and unavailable for recording. In addition to its one week at #1 in the U.S., the song also later reached a peak of number seven on the British pop chart. "Ben" won a Golden Globe for Best Song. It was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1973; Jackson performed the
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    Der er et yndigt land

    Der er et yndigt land

    • Composer: Hans Ernst Krøyer
    • Lyricist: Adam Gottlob Oehlenschläger
    Der er et yndigt land (Danish pronunciation: [dæɐ̯ ˈæɐ̯ et ˈønd̥id̥ ˈlanˀ]) ("There is a lovely country") is the (civil) national anthem of Denmark. On royal occasions, the royal anthem Kong Christian stod ved højen mast is performed together with Der er et yndigt land. In common use, only the first verse (or stanza) and the last three lines of the fourth verse are sung. The first half of the last verse is rarely heard. The last line of each verse is repeated once. The lyrics were written in 1819 by Adam Oehlenschläger and bore the motto in Latin: Ille terrarum mihi praeter omnes angulus ridet (Horace: "This corner of the earth smiles for me more than any other"). When first published, the anthem had 12 verses, but this was shortened to the first, third, fifth, and last verse in later editions. The music was composed in 1835 by Hans Ernst Krøyer. Later, Thomas Laub and Carl Nielsen each composed alternative melodies, but neither of them has gained widespread adoption, and today they are mostly unknown to the general population. The version today is significantly shortened. The original published version had twelve verses:
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    Go Now

    Go Now

    • Recorded versions: Go Now
    "Go Now" is a song composed by Larry Banks and Milton Bennett. It was first recorded in 1964 by Bessie Banks, and most successfully by The Moody Blues. The song was first recorded by Larry Banks' former wife, Bessie Banks. A 1962 demo recording by Bessie of the song was heard by songwriters and record producers Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, who re-recorded it and first released it in early 1964 on their Tiger label, and later reissued it on the Blue Cat label, the R&B/soul imprint of Red Bird. Her version reached number forty on the Cashbox R&B singles chart. Bessie Banks later commented: "'I remember 1963 Kennedy was assassinated; it was announced over the radio. At the time, I was rehearsing in the office of Leiber and Stoller. We called it a day. Everyone was in tears. "Come back next week and we will be ready to record 'Go Now'"; and we did so. I was happy and excited that maybe this time I’ll make it. 'Go Now' was released and right away it was chosen Pick Hit of the Week on W.I.N.S. Radio. That means your record is played for seven days. Four days went by, I was so thrilled. On day five, when I heard the first line, I thought it was me, but all of a sudden, I realized it
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    He Lives in You

    He Lives in You

    • Composer: Mark Mancina
    • Recorded versions: He Lives in You
    "He Lives in You" is a song written and performed by Lebo M and his South African Choir for the CD Rhythm of the Pride Lands. A shorter version of the song was used in the opening of The Lion King II. This song was co-written by Mark Mancina and Jay Rifkin. It is also performed twice in the musical version of The Lion King. The song is used in the opening sequence of the 1998 film, sung by Lebo M. Animals are shown traveling to Pride Rock to witness the presentation of Simba and Nala's daughter Kiara. The main theme of the song is that Mufasa's legacy will never die, despite his death. Mufasa's spirit is also seen watching over the presentation. A longer version of the song was recorded and presented on the Rhythm of the Pride Lands CD. As stated, both the short and long versions of the song are composed by Hans Zimmer, the same music composer who scored the original Lion King film. A pop version of the song was recorded by Tina Turner and was featured on the compilation album, The Lion King Collection The song features English lyrics mixed in with some Zulu lyrics, similar to some of the lyrics sung in the song Circle of Life, including the lyrics "Ingonyama nengw' enamabala"
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    Naïve

    Naïve

    • Recorded versions: Naïve
    "Naïve" is a song by English indie rock band The Kooks and is featured on their debut album, Inside In/Inside Out. It was released 27 March 2006 as the fourth single from that album, charting at number five on the UK Singles Chart. The best-selling single of their careers, "Naïve" was also the UK's nineteenth best selling single of 2006. It has also done relatively well in New Zealand, reaching number 15 on the combined sales/airplay RIANZ chart. The song additionally charted in the United States, peaking at number 22 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks Chart. Lily Allen did a cover of "Naïve" for a live session on the Jo Whiley show. Allen's version was featured on the soundtrack for the film Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging. The Kooks' original version was featured on the soundtrack for the film 17 Again and on the fourth season, episode "Resolve" of the TV show One Tree Hill as well as on its third soundtrack "The Road Mix". The song has also been covered by former Sugababes member Mutya Buena as a B-side for her debut single "Real Girl". "Naïve" was named runner-up to Klaxons' "Atlantis to Interzone" in MTV2's single of 2006 list. "Naïve" was written by Luke Pritchard when he
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    Rich Girl

    Rich Girl

    • Recorded versions: Rich Girl
    "Rich Girl" is a song by Daryl Hall and John Oates. On March 26, 1977, it became their first (of six) number one single on Billboard's Hot 100 chart. The single originally appeared on the 1976 album Bigger Than Both of Us. The song's lyrics are about a spoiled girl who can rely on her parents' money to do whatever she wants. The song was rumored to be about the then-scandalous newspaper heiress Patty Hearst. In fact, the title character in the song is based on a spoiled heir to a fast-food chain who was an ex-boyfriend of Daryl Hall's girlfriend, Sara Allen. "But you can't write, 'You're a rich boy' in a song, so I changed it to a girl," Hall told Rolling Stone. Hall elaborated on the song in an interview with American Songwriter: "Rich Girl" was written about an old boyfriend of Sara [Allen]’s from college that she was still friends with at the time. His name is Victor Walker. He came to our apartment, and he was acting sort of strange. His father was quite rich. I think he was involved with some kind of a fast-food chain. I said, "This guy is out of his mind, but he doesn't have to worry about it because his father's gonna bail him out of any problems he gets in." So I sat down
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    The Ultimate Fling

    The Ultimate Fling

    • Recorded versions: The Ultimate Fling
    The Ultimate Fling is the first single from the album Revolution Roulette by the Finnish rock band Poets of the Fall. It was released in Finland on 6 February 2008. The single features three versions of the title track as well as a live recording of Fire, the opening track from the band's second album Carnival of Rust. The live version was recorded during the Poets' performance at the Ankkarock Festival 2007 on 5 August. The single peaked at number two in the official Finnish charts.
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    The W.A.N.D.

    The W.A.N.D.

    • Recorded versions: The W.A.N.D.
    "The W.A.N.D. (The Will Always Negates Defeat)" (usually shortened to "W.A.N.D.") is a song by The Flaming Lips, featured on their 2006 album At War with the Mystics. "The W.A.N.D." was initially released on online stores such as the iTunes Music Store on January 10, 2006. On 7 March that year, a CD single for the track was released in the United States, featuring two unreleased B-sides: a new studio version of "You Got to Hold On" (which would later appear in an online advertisement for Coca-Cola) and "Time Travel... Yes!!" featuring a digitally-altered Steve Burns delivering a spoken monologue about time travel. Again in 2006, it was released as a commercial single in the United Kingdom on July 17, but failed to enter the top 40, peaking at #41. "The W.A.N.D." was first performed live at the Langerado Music Festival in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on March 11, 2006. The song was featured in the Dell Inspiron commercials released in early 2007 and can be heard as part of the Major League Baseball 2K8 soundtrack. There are two music videos, one for MTV and an alternate version which is a slow-motion reverse pillow fight between two members of TXRD Lonestar Rollergirls, Lux and Venis
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    Das Lied der Deutschen

    Das Lied der Deutschen

    • Composer: Joseph Haydn
    • Lyricist: August Heinrich Hoffmann von Fallersleben
    • Recorded versions: Das Lied der Deutschen
    The "Deutschlandlied" ("Song of Germany", German pronunciation: [ˈdɔʏtʃlantˌliːt]; also known as "Das Lied der Deutschen" or "The Song of the Germans"), has been used wholly or partially as the national anthem of Germany since 1922. Since World War II and the fall of Nazi Germany, only the third stanza has been used as the national anthem. The music was written by Joseph Haydn in 1797 as an anthem for the birthday of the Austrian Emperor Francis II of the Holy Roman Empire. In 1841, the German linguist and poet August Heinrich Hoffmann von Fallersleben wrote the lyrics of "Das Lied der Deutschen" to Haydn's melody, lyrics that were considered revolutionary at the time. The song is also well known by the opening words and refrain of the first stanza, "Deutschland, Deutschland über alles" (literally, "Germany, Germany above all"), but this has never been its title. The line "Germany, Germany above all" meant that the most important goal of the Vormärz revolutionaries should be a unified Germany overcoming the perceived anti-liberal Kleinstaaterei. Alongside the Flag of Germany it was one of the symbols of the March Revolution of 1848. In order to endorse its republican and liberal
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    Delta Amacuro State Anthem

    Delta Amacuro State Anthem

    The anthem for Delta Amacuro State, Venezuela, was written by José Joaquín de León; the music for it was written by José Inés Richemón. Chorus Amacuro Girón de la patria del proceso estandarte y blasón, en tu delta germina la fibra que dará mas firmeza y unión. I Tus compañías y ríos hermosos del progreso general la acción, es inmenso y es fértil tu suelo que estremece de grande emoción. II En tu suelo fulgura la estrella de la noble y heroica deidad; sitio honroso y trabajo fecundo tendrás siempre con gran libertad. III Tu pujanza y denuedo es lección que se vierte grandiosa en historia, y que aumente los patrios anales con el bello fulgor de la gloria.
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    Michelle

    Michelle

    • Composer: The Beatles
    • Recorded versions: Michelle
    "Michelle" is a love ballad by The Beatles, mainly written by Paul McCartney, with the middle eight co-written with John Lennon. It is featured on their Rubber Soul album. The song is unique among The Beatles' other recordings in that its lyrics are partially in French. "Michelle" won the Grammy Award for Song of the Year in 1967, and has become one of the most famous Beatles songs in France. The instrumental music of "Michelle" originated separately from the lyrical concept: The words and style of "Michelle" have their origins in the popularity of French Left Bank culture during McCartney's Liverpool days. McCartney had gone to a party of art students where a student with a goatee and a striped T-shirt was singing a French song. He soon wrote a farcical imitation to entertain his friends that involved French-sounding groaning instead of real words. The song remained a party piece until 1965, when John Lennon suggested he rework it into a proper song for inclusion on Rubber Soul. McCartney decided to remain with the French feel of his song and asked Jan Vaughan, a French teacher and the wife of his old friend Ivan Vaughan, to come up with a French name and a phrase that rhymed with
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    Pavane pour une infante défunte

    Pavane pour une infante défunte

    • Composer: Maurice Ravel
    • Recorded versions: Pavane Pour Une Infante Défunte
    Pavane pour une infante défunte (Pavane for a Dead Princess) is a well-known piece written for solo piano by the French composer Maurice Ravel in 1899 when he was studying composition at the Conservatoire de Paris under Gabriel Fauré. Ravel also published an orchestrated version of the Pavane in 1910. A typical performance of the piece lasts between six and seven minutes. Ravel described the piece as "an evocation of a pavane that a little princess might, in former times, have danced at the Spanish court". The pavane was a slow processional dance that enjoyed great popularity in the courts of Europe during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. This antique miniature is not meant to pay tribute to any particular princess from history, but rather expresses a nostalgic enthusiasm for Spanish customs and sensibilities, which Ravel shared with many of his contemporaries (most notably Debussy and Albéniz) and which is evident in some of his other works such as the Rapsodie espagnole and the Boléro. Ravel dedicated the Pavane to his patron, the Princesse de Polignac. He published it in 1900, but it attracted little attention until the Spanish pianist Ricardo Viñes gave the first
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    Alternative Girlfriend

    Alternative Girlfriend

    • Recorded versions: Alternative Girlfriend
    "Alternative Girlfriend" is a 1995 Barenaked Ladies single from the 1994 album Maybe You Should Drive. It later appeared on their 2001 compilation, Disc One: All Their Greatest Hits, although they had to hold a poll on which song to put on the compilation, "Alternative Girlfriend" or "Be My Yoko Ono". The poll came up at almost exactly 50/50, so they included both songs. The song was written by Stephen Duffy and Steven Page. The song was also included on "Baby Blues" episode "Rodney Has Two Daddies".
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    Can't Take My Eyes off You

    Can't Take My Eyes off You

    • Composer: Bob Crewe
    • Lyricist: Bob Crewe
    • Recorded versions: Can't Take My Eyes Off You
    "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" is a 1967 single by Frankie Valli. The song was among Valli's biggest hits, reaching #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and earning a gold record. It was Valli's biggest "solo" hit until he hit #1 in 1975 with "My Eyes Adored You". "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" has had a major cultural impact, with hundreds of cover versions, many of which have been on the charts themselves in different countries. The song is a staple of television and film soundtracks, even being featured as part of the plot of some films, such as when the lead characters sing or arrange their own version of the song. The Valli version was also used by NASA as a wake-up song for a mission of the Space Shuttle, on the anniversary of astronaut Christopher Ferguson. The song was written by Bob Crewe and Bob Gaudio. Arrangement was done by Artie Schroeck and Gaudio. The song has been covered by some 200 artists over the years, in many countries, being released sometimes under its original title "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" and sometimes with an expanded title, "Can't Take My Eyes Off of You". A few notable examples of cover versions which appeared on the charts: The song is a staple of film and
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    Dolce Vita

    Dolce Vita

    • Recorded versions: Dolce Vita
    "Dolce Vita" is a synth pop song sung by Ryan Paris, released in 1983. The song was composed by Pierluigi Giombini, the same composer, producer, arranger and keyboard player of "I Like Chopin" and "Masterpiece". "Dolce Vita" is one of the biggest worldwide pop-dance successes created in Italy. It reached the top 10 in many countries. Ryan Paris appeared twice on the BBC TV music program Top of the Pops.
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    My Buddy

    My Buddy

    • Lyricist: Gus Kahn
    • Recorded versions: My Buddy
    "My Buddy" is a popular song. The music was written by Walter Donaldson, the lyrics by Gus Kahn. The song was published in 1922.
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    Pot of Gold

    Pot of Gold

    • Recorded versions: Pot of Gold
    "Pot of Gold" is the fifth and final single from Sengalese singer/songwriter Akon's debut studio album, Trouble. Released as a European only single, the song failed to chart significantly anywhere, peaking at #77 in the United Kingdom and at #95 in Germany. The single was not released in the United States, making it Akon's only single to date not to be. A music video for the track directed by Gil Green, was released to Akon's YouTube account on October 24, 2005. Two versions of the video were filmed - an edited version, and an explicit version, which has never been broadcast on television.
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    Shumi Maritsa

    Shumi Maritsa

    Shumi Maritsa (Bulgarian: Шуми Марица [ʃoˈmi mɐˈritsɐ]) was the Bulgarian national anthem from 1886 until 1944. The original text was written by Nikola Zhivkov, a head teacher in Veles (now in the Republic of Macedonia). The lyrics were edited many times, most notably in 1912 by the poet Ivan Vazov who also composed the music.
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    Surf's Up

    Surf's Up

    • Recorded versions: Surf's Up
    "Surf's Up" is the title of a song written by Brian Wilson and Van Dyke Parks. The song was intended as one of the centrepieces for the aborted Beach Boys' album Smile, which was begun in late 1966 but shelved in mid-1967. It was reworked and used as the title track for the twenty-second official album by The Beach Boys, Surf's Up, released in 1971. It also appears as the tenth track in Brian Wilson's re-recorded Smile, released in 2004. "Surf's Up" was written in a single night at Brian Wilson's piano in his sandbox. Brian believes; "the lyrics for 'Surf's Up' were very Van Dyke; only he could have done that – only Van Dyke could have written those lyrics. We wrote that at my Chickering piano, I think, in my sandbox and it took us about an hour at most to write the whole thing. We wrote it pretty fast; it all happened like it should." In Beautiful Dreamer: Brian Wilson and the Story of Smile, when asked by Van Dyke Parks what Wilson was feeling when he wrote the music for "Surf's Up," he responded with, "I just felt some love, I felt a whole lot of love, there was a whole lot of love going on at the time." An apparently complete backing track for the first (2:20) section was
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    The Best Side of Life

    The Best Side of Life

    • Recorded versions: The Best Side of Life
    "The Best Side of Life" is a song by German singer–songwriter Sarah Connor. It was her second Christmas single and the first single released from the 2006 re-release of her first Christmas album, Christmas in My Heart (2005). The song was also featured in a Coca-Cola Christmas promotional campaign. After originally releasing Christmas in My Heart in 2005 with quite a bit of success, Connor had become pregnant again. She gave birth to her daughter Summer in the summer of 2006 and thus was on a baby break for most of the year. When the holiday season rolled around, it was announced that Connor would be releasing a new single, "The Best Side of Life". Along with the single release, Christmas in My Heart was reissued on 24 November 2006 with the new track and a DVD of the same name, on which the song was included. "The Best Side of Life" performed decently peaking at number four in Germany (as had her first Christmas single, "Christmas in My Heart"), despite the reissue of the album not selling as well. The single made two re-entries on the German Singles Chart, one during the week of 7 December 2007 for five weeks and the other during the week of 19 December 2008 for three weeks.
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    Cara al Sol

    Cara al Sol

    Cara al Sol (English: Facing the sun) is the anthem of the Falange party. The lyrics were written in December 1935 and are usually credited to the then leader of the Falange, José Antonio Primo de Rivera. The music was composed by Juan de Tellería and Juan R. Buendia. The circumstances of its creation are unusual. The Falangists needed a stirring song of their own to counter the popular appeal of El Himno de Riego (the national anthem of the Second Spanish Republic) and A Las Barricadas (a very popular Anarchist song). The Falange had nothing suitable of its own so it had been borrowing from the German Nazi and the Italian fascist repertoire. To solve the problem, Primo de Rivera formed a committee , meeting on 2 December 1935 in the home of Marichu de la Mora Maura. Those present included José María Alfaro, Rafael Sánchez Mazas, Agustín (Así) de Foxá, Mourlane Michelena, Dionisio Ridruejo, Agustín Aznar, and Luis Aguilar. The result of their efforts, following a period of sub-committee review (at the Cueva del Orkompon, a Basque bar in Calle Miguel Moya, Madrid) was provisionally entitled the Himno de Falange Española. It was first performed in Madrid in 1936. Its popularity was
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    National Anthem of Chile

    National Anthem of Chile

    • Composer: Ramon Carnicer
    The National Anthem of Chile (Spanish: Himno Nacional de Chile) is also known as Canción Nacional (National Song). It has a history of two lyrics and two melodies that made up three different versions. The current version was composed by Ramón Carnicer, with words by Eusebio Lillo, and has six parts plus the chorus. The first Chilean National Anthem dates back to 1819, when the government called for, on the 19th of July, the creation of music and lyrics for this purpose. The composer Manuel Robles and the poet Bernardo de Vera y Pintado fulfilled this mandate and their "National Song" debuted on 20 August 1820 in the Domingo Arteaga theater, although other historians claim that it was played and sung during the festivities of September 1819. In the beginning, everyone would stand for the song. O'Higgins and Freire listened to it with respect and full of emotion, for they had marched to victory to its tune more than once. The custom of always singing it at the theater slowly disappeared, until it was ordered that it only be sung at the anniversary of the country. The doctor Bernardo Vera, known in the history of the independence, was the author of the verses that were sung to
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    Rollin' Stone

    Rollin' Stone

    • Recorded versions: Rollin' Stone
    "Rollin' Stone" is a blues song recorded by Muddy Waters in 1950. It is Waters' interpretation of "Catfish Blues", a traditional blues that dates back to 1920s Mississippi. "Rollin' Stone" has been recorded by a variety of artists and has been acknowledged by the Grammy Hall of Fame and Rolling Stone magazine. In 1928, Jim Jackson recorded "Kansas City Blues Parts 3 and 4", a follow-up to his highly successful "Jim Jackson's Kansas City Blues Parts 1 and 2". Jackson's lyrics included: Several other early songs also explored variations on the catfish and/or fishing theme. In 1941, Tommy McClennan and his sometime partner Robert Petway each recorded versions of the song. Petway's was the first to be titled "Catfish Blues" and is sometimes cited as the basis for Muddy Waters' "Rollin' Stone". However, according to one biographer "They'd been singing "Catfish Blues" for years in the Delta, but it never sounded like "Rollin' Stone". "Rollin' Stone" has been identified (along with "Walkin' Blues", the single's B-side) as one of the first songs that Muddy Waters learned to play and an early favorite. The words refer to the traditional proverb, "A rolling stone gathers no moss". Called "a
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    Violin Concerto

    Violin Concerto

    • Composer: Alban Berg
    Alban Berg's Violin Concerto was written in 1935 (the score is dated August 11, 1935). It is probably Berg's best-known and most frequently performed instrumental piece. The piece stemmed from a commission from the violinist Louis Krasner. When he first received the commission, Berg was working on his opera Lulu, and he did not begin work on the concerto for some months. The event that spurred him into writing was the death by polio of 18-year-old Manon Gropius, the daughter of Alma Mahler (once Gustav Mahler's wife) and Walter Gropius. Berg set Lulu to one side to write the concerto, which he dedicated "To the memory of an angel." Berg worked on the piece very quickly, completing it within a few months; it is thought that his working on the concerto was largely responsible for his failing to complete Lulu before his death on December 24, 1935 (the violin concerto was the last work that Berg completed). The work was premiered after the composer's death, with Krasner playing the solo part, on April 19, 1936, in Palau de la Música Catalana, Barcelona. The concerto is scored for 2 flutes (both doubling as piccolo), 2 oboes (one doubling as a cor anglais), alto saxophone, 2 clarinets,
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    We Need a Resolution

    We Need a Resolution

    • Recorded versions: We Need a Resolution (feat. Timbaland)
    "We Need a Resolution" is an R&B song written by Stephen "Static" Garrett and Tim "Timbaland" Mosley for Aaliyah's self-titled third studio album, Aaliyah (2001). It was produced by Timbaland and released as the album's lead single and Aaliyah's first single released in the new millennium during the second and third quarter of 2001 (see 2001 in music). The song was a moderate success internationally. "We Need a Resolution" reached the top 20 of the UK Singles Chart and the top 30 in Canada. In October 2011, NME placed it at number 119 on its list "150 Best Tracks of the Past 15 Years". It was placed 21st on Slant Magazine's "Best of the Aughts: Singles" list and 30th on Stylus Magazine's "Top 50 Singles: 2000-2005." The single and the music video was also ranked 8th and 6th, respectively, on Slant Magazine's Best Singles and Music Videos of 2001 list. The UK single's cover features the somewhat popular cartoon version of Aaliyah that once appeared on a promotional commercial for the album, while the US CD single's cover features a close up of Aaliyah from a photoshoot with David Lachapelle. In a 2001 interview, Aaliyah explains the background towards choosing the song as the lead
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    Der Ring des Nibelungen

    Der Ring des Nibelungen

    • Composer: Richard Wagner
    • Lyricist: Richard Wagner
    Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring of the Nibelung) is a cycle of four epic operas by the German composer Richard Wagner (1813–83). The works are based loosely on characters from the Norse sagas and the Nibelungenlied. The operas, which the composer described as a trilogy with a Vorabend ("preliminary evening"), are often referred to as the Ring Cycle, Wagner's Ring, or simply the Ring. Wagner wrote the libretto and music over the course of about twenty-six years, from 1848 to 1874. The four operas that constitute the Ring cycle are, in sequence: Although individual operas of the sequence are sometimes performed separately, Wagner intended them to be performed in series. Wagner's title is most literally rendered in English as The Ring of the Nibelung. The Nibelung of the title is the dwarf Alberich, and the ring in question is the one he fashions from the Rhinegold. The title therefore denotes "Alberich's Ring". In German the "-en" ending of "Nibelungen" and the article "des" preceding it denote the possessive (genitive) singular case. "Nibelungen" is occasionally mistaken as a plural: thus the Ring of the Nibelungs or Der Ring der Nibelungen in German is incorrect. The cycle is a
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    Big Girls Don't Cry

    Big Girls Don't Cry

    • Composer: Toby Gad
    • Lyricist: Toby Gad
    • Recorded versions: Big Girls Don't Cry
    "Big Girls Don't Cry" is a song performed by American recording artist Fergie for her first studio album The Dutchess (2006). It was written by Fergie and Toby Gad while the production was helmed by will.i.am. The song was released as the fourth single from the album on May 22, 2007. "Big Girls Don't Cry" deviates from the hip-hop and urban music of Fergie's previous singles and opts for a more simplistic pop sound that incorporates acoustic and classical elements. It features credits from about thirty instrumentalists, many of which play the violas, violins and celli on the track. It is one of the few songs on the album that does not sample any other songs. The critical reception of "Big Girls Don't Cry" was positive, with many praising the maturity and simplicity display on the single as well as the message. "Big Girls Don't Cry" was a commercial success domestically, attaining the top position on the Billboard Hot 100. It became her third single to do so and earned her the accolade of being the first artist with three number one singles from one album since 2000 with Christina Aguilera's first three number one singles. "Big Girls Don't Cry" also became Fergie's highest selling
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    Chester

    Chester

    • Recorded versions: Chester
    Among the patriotic anthems sung during the American Revolutionary War, only Yankee Doodle was more popular than William Billings's Chester. Billings wrote the first version of the song for his 1770 songbook The New England Psalm Singer, and made improvements for the version in his The Singing Master's Assistant (1778). It is the latter version that is best known today. The curious title of the song reflects a common practice of Billings's day, in which tunes were labeled with (often arbitrarily chosen) place names. Billings's song evidently has little more to do with any particular town named Chester than his hymn tune Africa has to do with Africa. With identifiable names for compositions, performers could select different lyrics to sing with the music without creating confusion. Parts labeled "Treble, Counter, Tenor, and Bass" correspond to the modern SATB four-voice choir. However, the melody is in the tenor part, not the treble part. Although this cannot be established with certainty, it appears that these lyrics are by Billings himself. The song was later provided with religious (as opposed to patriotic) words by Philip Doddridge, and in this form is a favorite of Sacred Harp
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    Hold It, Don't Drop It

    Hold It, Don't Drop It

    "Hold It Don't Drop It" is a song by American recording artist and actress Jennifer Lopez from her sixth studio album, Brave (2007). Written by Lopez, Kevin Risto, Waynne Nugent, Allen Phillip Lees, Tawanna Dabney, Janet Sewell, and Cynthia Lissette and produced by Midi Mafia, the song is built around a sample of Tavares' 1975 hit "It Only Takes a Minute", penned by Dennis Lambert and Brian Potter. Released as the album's second and final single, the track received limited release in fall 2007. It received positive reviews from music critics, who complimented the track for being "sassy, danceable" and was deemed as her best single in years. A music video was released in 2008, while Lopez was pregnant. "Hold It Don't Drop It" was originally released in September 2007 in Europe solely as a club single. The song reached number 1 on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart around the same time "Do It Well" was released. It was officially released as the second single from Brave in Germany on January 11, 2008 and in the United Kingdom on January 14, 2008. The single was never given an official release in the United States. Lopez performed the song while on tour as part of her set and
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    Otherside

    Otherside

    • Composer: Anthony Kiedis
    • Recorded versions: Otherside
    "Otherside" (often styled as EDISREHTO) is a song by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, released in 2000. It was the third single from their album Californication, and confronts the battles ex-junkies have with their prior addictions. The single was highly successful peaking at number 14 on the Billboard Hot 100, the fourth highest ever for the band; and number one on the US Modern Rock Tracks, which was, at the time, the fifth for the band. The song remained at number one on this chart for 13 consecutive weeks, one of the longest runs at the top of that chart. The video was directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris in a black-and-white/monochrome Gothic style similar to Robert Wiene's The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, all influenced by German Expressionist art. Elements of Cubism and work by the graphic artist M. C. Escher are also seen in the video. A cartoonish story line is juxtaposed upon the song; that of a young man's dream sequence. The band members appear dressed in black in unusual locations, with props intended to appear as surreal instruments. Throughout the video Anthony Kiedis with his short, platinum hair is seen in a castle tower. His stage persona is different and quite
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    Sorry Go 'Round

    Sorry Go 'Round

    • Recorded versions: Sorry Go 'Round
    "Sorry Go 'Round" is a limited edition single by the Finnish rock band Poets of the Fall with a special, black lacquered cover. Every copy has a unique number. It features two versions of the track, which have been remastered in comparison to the full album's version. The band also planned to include a remix of the song, but this idea has been abandoned. It is unknown if the remix was completed or if it will ever be released. Additionally, no music video has been made to promote the single. The single's release was originally planned on 26 July 2006 but was delayed to 16 August 2006 due to the popularity of the previous single, Carnival of Rust. The single peaked at number seven in the official Finnish singles chart.
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    The Stars and Stripes Forever

    The Stars and Stripes Forever

    • Composer: John Philip Sousa
    • Recorded versions: The Stars and Stripes Forever
    "The Stars and Stripes Forever" is a patriotic American march widely considered to be the magnum opus of composer John Philip Sousa. By act of Congress, it is the National March of the United States of America. In his autobiography, Marching Along, Sousa wrote that he composed the march on Christmas Day 1896. He was on an ocean liner on his way home from a vacation with his wife in Europe and had just learned of the recent death of David Blakely, the manager of the Sousa Band. He composed the march in his head and committed the notes to paper on arrival in the United States. It was first performed in Philadelphia on May 14, 1897, and was immediately greeted with enthusiasm. "The Stars and Stripes Forever" follows the standard American military march form. The march begins with a four-bar introduction, which is followed by a dotted, playful melody. Its trio is the most famous part of the march. Most bands adopt the Sousa Band practice of having one or three (never two) piccolo players play the famous obbligato in the first repeat of the trio (the one after the breakstrain). In the final repeat of the trio (grandioso), the low brass joins the piccolo players with a prominent
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    Ukraine's glory has not perished

    Ukraine's glory has not perished

    • Composer: Mykhaylo Verbytsky
    • Lyricist: Pavlo Chubynsky
    "Shche ne vmerla Ukraina" (Ukrainian: Ще не вмерла Українa, or "Ukraine has not yet perished") is the national anthem of Ukraine again since 1992 ( instrumental performance (help·info); pre-2003  choral performance (help·info)). Before its re-adaptation a concourse for a national anthem among three patriotic songs was taken place with one of the other songs being Za Ukrainu by Mykola Voronyi. The lyrics constitute a slightly modified original first stanza of the patriotic poem written in 1862 by Pavlo Chubynsky, a prominent ethnographer from the region of Ukraine's capital, Kiev, and were influenced by the words and themes of Poland's national anthem, Poland Is Not Yet Lost. In 1863, Mykhailo Verbytsky, a western Ukrainian composer and a Greek-Catholic priest composed music to accompany Chubynsky's text. The first choral performance of the piece was at the Ukraine Theatre in Lviv, in 1864. The song was first the national anthem of the Ukrainian People's Republic, Carpatho-Ukraine and later the independent post-Soviet Ukraine. In 1917, Shche ne vmerla Ukraina (Ukraine has not yet perished) became the anthem of the short-lived Ukrainian People's Republic. However, in 1920, it was
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    With Me

    With Me

    • Recorded versions: With Me
    "With Me", the first single in the UK, is an R&B song performed by American group Destiny's Child for their debut studio album Destiny's Child (1998). The song was produced by Jermaine Dupri and Manuel Seal Jr. and received a positive reception from music critics. According to the group "With Me" was meant to be an answer back to the Usher song "U Make Me Wanna". The song contains elements from Master P's song "Freak Hoes". It was not included on Destiny's Child's greatest hits album #1's. In the video, Beyoncé appears as a mermaid in a bluish water scene. LaTavia appears as a genie in an orange-colored room. Kelly is a giantess in a city at night. LeToya is a "spider-woman" climbing a web made of metal chains with a purple background. The members appear together in gray outfits in one scene and in red dresses in a dark room covered with eyes. Jermaine Dupri also appears watching the women in a slideshow. The music video was never released to a video compilation nor to an enhanced CD. The song was exclusively released in EU markets. The single entered the UK Singles Chart on 11 July 1998 at number 19. In the Netherlands the song peaked at number 83, staying for three weeks on the
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    Under Pressure

    Under Pressure

    • Composer: David Bowie
    • Recorded versions: Under Pressure
    "Under Pressure" is a 1981 song recorded by Queen and David Bowie, featured on Queen's 1982 album Hot Space. The song reached No. 1 on the UK Singles Chart. It was also number 31 on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of the '80s. The song was played live at every Queen concert between 1982–1986. It is recorded on the live albums Queen Rock Montreal and Queen at Wembley. The song was included on some of the editions of Queen's first Greatest Hits compilations, such as the original 1981 Elektra release in the US, but notably not their UK edition. It is included on the band's compilation albums Greatest Hits II, Classic Queen, and Absolute Greatest as well as the compilation Best of Bowie. The song is considered the "black sheep" of their music considering it was written in part by an outsider (David Bowie) and had a pre-defined meaning to the lyrics about the "pressures" of socity and how love forces people to change their ways and views of other people Queen had been working on the song under the title "Feel Like" but were not yet satisfied with the result. David Bowie had originally come to Mountain Studios in order to sing backing vocals on another Queen song, "Cool Cat", which would end up
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    Hey Diddle Diddle

    Hey Diddle Diddle

    • Recorded versions: Hey Diddle Diddle
    "Hey Diddle Diddle" (also "Hi Diddle Diddle", "The Cat and the Fiddle", or "The Cow Jumped Over the Moon") is an English nursery rhyme. It has a Roud Folk Song Index number of 19478. One of the most commonly used modern versions of the rhyme is: Older versions of the nursery rhyme use "craft" instead of "sport" to maintain the ryhming scheme of AABCCB. In more recent versions the archaic 'sport' is replaced with 'fun' or 'a sight'. The book comments:"It must be a little dog that laugh'd, for a great dog would be ashamed to laugh at such nonsense." There is a reference in Thomas Preston's A lamentable tragedy mixed ful of pleasant mirth, conteyning the life of Cambises King of Percia, printed in 1569 that may refer to the rhyme: There are numerous theories about the origin of the rhyme, these include: James Orchard Halliwell's suggestion that it was a corruption of ancient Greek, probably advanced as a result of a deliberate hoax; that it was connected with Hathor worship; that it refers to various constellations (Taurus, Canis minor, the Big Dipper etc.); that it describes the Flight from Egypt; that it depicts Elizabeth, Lady Katherine Grey, and her relationships with the earls of
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    Siegfried

    Siegfried

    • Composer: Richard Wagner
    Siegfried is the third of the four operas that constitute Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring of the Nibelung), by Richard Wagner. It received its premiere at the Bayreuth Festspielhaus on 16 August 1876, as part of the first complete performance of The Ring. This part of the opera is primarily inspired by the story of the legendary hero Sigurd in Norse mythology. In a cave in the forest, the Nibelung dwarf Mime, Alberich's brother, is forging a sword. Mime is plotting to obtain the Ring for himself. He has raised the human boy Siegfried as a foster child, to kill the dragon, Fafner, who guards the Ring and other treasures. He needs a sword for Siegfried to use, but the youth has broken every sword he has made. Siegfried returns from his wanderings in the forest with a wild bear that he caught and demands his new sword, which he immediately breaks. After Siegfried's tantrum and a carefully studied speech by Mime about Siegfried's ingratitude toward him, Siegfried comes to understand why he keeps coming back to Mime although he despises him: he wants to know his parentage. Mime is forced to explain how he took in Siegfried's mother, Sieglinde, who died giving birth. He shows Siegfried
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    Cross Road Blues

    Cross Road Blues

    • Recorded versions: Cross Road Blues
    "Cross Road Blues" is a song by Delta Blues singer Robert Johnson; released on a 78 rpm record in 1936 by Vocalion Records, catalogue 3519. The original version remained out of print after its initial release until the appearance of The Complete Recordings in 1990. In 1961, producer Frank Driggs substituted the previously unreleased alternative take on the first reissue of Johnson's work, the long-playing album King of the Delta Blues Singers. Because of the historical significance of "Cross Road Blues", it was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1998. The lyrics tell of the narrator's failed attempts to hitch a ride from an intersection as night approaches. The song had frequently been linked to stories of Johnson selling his soul to the devil for the ability to play music, although nothing in the actual lyrics speaks of these events. Historian Leon Litwack and others state that the song refers to the common fear felt by blacks who were discovered out alone after dark; that Johnson was likely singing about the desperation of finding his way home from an unfamiliar place as quickly as possible because of a fear of lynching. In addition, the lyrics could be allusion to the
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    Let There Be More Light

    Let There Be More Light

    • Recorded versions: Let There Be More Light
    "Let There Be More Light" is the opening track on Pink Floyd's second album A Saucerful of Secrets. It was also released in edited form as the fourth American single by the group. The song is written by Roger Waters. It begins with an iterative bass line before the vocals start. The first, gentler vocals are performed by Richard Wright with Waters whispering, the following, harder refrain by David Gilmour. The last two minutes feature for the first time a guitar solo from Gilmour on a Pink Floyd album, featuring his distinctive style of playing single notes treated with effects such as distortion and echo. A rare US-only single release (Tower 440) contains edited mono versions of this song and "Remember a Day". The single did not chart. Pink Floyd performed the song live from 1968-69, often as an encore. This song was planned as a B-side to an edit of one of Pink Floyd's later songs, "Money", for 7 December 1981, but for unknown reasons, the release was cancelled at the last minute.
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    Calling All Girls

    Calling All Girls

    • Recorded versions: Calling All Girls
    "Calling All Girls" is a song by English rock band Queen. It is the third track on the second side of the album Hot Space and it was written by Roger Taylor. It was the fourth single from the album. It was released as a single in the summer of 1982 in the US and Canada, where it peaked at #60 and #33 respectively. "Calling All Girls" was the first Roger Taylor-penned song to be released as a single, although it was only released in certain countries, including the US, Australia and Canada, but not the UK. Taylor composed the song on guitar, playing feedback noises during the break. There is also the notable use of record-scratching, a possible reference to rap and hip-hop, which were emerging into the mainstream at the time. The song was never performed in Europe, but a 1982 live recording in Japan is available on the Queen on Fire - Live at the Bowl DVD. The video is a parody of the George Lucas film THX 1138, and was rarely seen before being released on Greatest Video Hits 2 and the band's official YouTube page. Both Taylor and May openly expressed disdain for the video in their commentary for it, with Taylor claiming the song's message had nothing to do with robots (which make a
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    Götterdämmerung

    Götterdämmerung

    • Composer: Richard Wagner
    • Lyricist: Richard Wagner
    • Recorded versions: Götterdämmerung
    Götterdämmerung (help·info) (Twilight of the Gods) is the last in Richard Wagner's cycle of four operas titled Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring of the Nibelung, or The Ring for short). It received its premiere at the Bayreuth Festspielhaus on 17 August 1876, as part of the first complete performance of the Ring. The title is a translation into German of the Old Norse phrase Ragnarök, which in Norse mythology refers to a prophesied war of the gods that brings about the end of the world. However, as with the rest of the Ring, Wagner's account of this apocalypse diverges significantly from his Old Norse sources. The German title of the book by Friedrich Nietzsche Twilight of the Idols, written in 1888 and published in 1889, is Götzen-Dämmerung, a pun on the title of Wagner's opera. Götze is a German word for "idol" or "false god". The term Götterdämmerung is occasionally used in English, referring to a disastrous conclusion of events. The three Norns, daughters of Erda, gather beside Brünnhilde's rock, weaving the rope of Destiny. They sing of the past and the present, and of the future when Wotan will set fire to Valhalla to signal the end of the gods. Without warning, their rope
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    Help!

    Help!

    • Recorded versions: Help!
    "Help!" is a song by The Beatles that served as the title song for both the 1965 film and its soundtrack album. It was also released as a single, and was number one for three weeks in both the United States and the United Kingdom. "Help!" was written primarily by John Lennon, but credited to Lennon–McCartney. During an interview with Playboy in 1984, Paul McCartney stated that the title was "out of desperation". In 2004, "Help!" was ranked number 29 on Rolling Stone's list of "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time". The documentary series The Beatles Anthology revealed that Lennon wrote the lyrics of the song to express his stress after the Beatles' quick rise to success. "I was fat and depressed and I was crying out for 'Help'," Lennon told Playboy. Writer Ian MacDonald describes the song as the "first crack in the protective shell" Lennon had built around his emotions during the Beatles' rise to fame, and an important milestone in his songwriting style. In the 1970 Rolling Stone "Lennon Remembers" interviews, Lennon said it was one of his favourites among the Beatles songs he wrote, but he wished they had recorded it at a slower tempo. In these interviews, Lennon said he felt that
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    Hooligan

    Hooligan

    • Recorded versions: Hooligan
    "Hooligan" (released 8 November 1999) is a song by Embrace, which became their sixth Top 40 single (#18 in the UK), and the first from their second album Drawn From Memory. It is one of only two singles so far to be sung entirely by Richard (the other one being "One Big Family") rather than the band's lead singer Danny. The song "I've Been Running" is featured on the B-sides compilation Dry Kids: B-Sides 1997-2005.
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    I Want Tomorrow

    I Want Tomorrow

    • Recorded versions: I Want Tomorrow
    "I Want Tomorrow" is a single by Irish musician Enya, released in 1987 (see 1987 in music), from the album Enya, of the same year.
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    Incomplete

    Incomplete

    • Recorded versions: Incomplete
    "Incomplete" is a song by American vocal group Backstreet Boys from their comeback album, Never Gone. The power ballad was released in April 2005 as the group's first single since they decided to reunite after a three year hiatus. It was written by Dan Muckala, Lindy Robbins, and Jess Cates, and it was produced by Muckala. The song became one of their most successful singles, peaking at number thirteen on the US Billboard Hot 100, and charting within the top 10 of thirteen countries. It debuted at number one in Australia, becoming their first number-one hit in the country. The song has sold 250,000 units worldwide, which earned it gold certification. In the US, it was their last successful single of the 2000s, as the song still receives airplay on fewer adult contemporary radio stations in the United States and Canada. This song was also featured as a track on the 2005 compilation album "Now That's What I Call Music! 19 (U.S. Series)" Directed by Joseph Kahn, the music video for "Incomplete" sets the band in an arid desert environment, and features each of the band members in a different element of nature. Joseph Kahn used each element to represent the different personality of the
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    Las Vegas

    Las Vegas

    • Recorded versions: Las Vegas
    "Las Vegas" performed by Martin Stenmarck, was the winning song for the Swedish Melodifestivalen 2005. The song managed to finish 2nd as the best result at Svensktoppen and 1st at the Swedish singles chart. At the Eurovision Song Contest 2005 in Kiev, Ukraine the song finished 19th of the 24 competing songs in the final. Because the song only got 30 points, Sweden had to first compete in the semifinal at the Eurovision Song Contest 2006. It is not to be confused with the Tony Christie song of the same name.
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    Le bon roi Dagobert

    Le bon roi Dagobert

    "Le bon roi Dagobert" ("Good King Dagobert") is an old French song featuring King Dagobert (roi Dagobert) and Saint Eligius (saint Éloi), two historical people. The song was created in the epoch of the French Revolution, and was intended to ridicule royalty. It was inspired by tales of debauchery of the life of Dagobert I.
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    Milk

    Milk

    • Recorded versions: Milk
    "Milk" is a 1996 single written, recorded and produced by alternative rock group Garbage. "Milk" was issued as the fifth and final single to be taken from the band's multi-platinum debut album Garbage. In North America, the single coincided with Garbage's trek around the continent performing as a support act for the Smashing Pumpkins arena tour. A brand new reworked version of "Milk" was released in the United Kingdom, featuring backing vocals by UK trip hop musician Tricky. After an acclaimed performance of "Milk" by the band at the 1996 MTV Europe Music Awards, as well as winning the "Breakthrough" award on the night; "Milk" debuted at #10 on the UK Singles Chart. The reworked version, without Tricky's vocals, was also released as a single across Europe and in Australia and New Zealand. In 2007, "Milk" was remastered and included on Garbage's greatest hits album Absolute Garbage. "Milk" was written and recorded by Garbage (Duke Erikson, Shirley Manson, Steve Marker and Butch Vig) at their own recording studio during the 1994-1995 sessions for Garbage. Manson was inspired by a line in Michael Ondaatje's The Collected Works of Billy the Kid ("her throat is a kitchen") and alluded
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    Phantom of the Opera

    Phantom of the Opera

    • Recorded versions: Phantom of the Opera
    "Phantom of the Opera" is a song from Iron Maiden's self-titled debut album. It was written by Steve Harris. It is the fourth track from the original US & UK album releases, and was the fifth track from the remastered 1998 release CD. It is based on the French novel The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux. According to Bruce Dickinson, the song "really is everything that Iron Maiden is all about". This song is the personal favourite of Steve Harris of the band's first album. As he says: The first of the guitar solos (played around the 5 min mark) is played by Dave Murray, and second by Dennis Stratton, although nowadays is played by both Janick Gers and Adrian Smith. In the studio, guitarist Dennis Stratton recorded a number of vocal harmonies, which Iron Maiden band manager Rod Smallwood later had removed as it made the band sound "too much like Queen". The song was covered by Slayer and helped them get a record contract. The song is not a concert staple anymore although many fans connect with it as one of the best Paul Di'Anno era songs. In the United Kingdom, the song is well known for its use in a Lucozade commercial in the 1980s. In 2008, using the intro like the original,
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    Wicked Game

    Wicked Game

    • Composer: Chris Isaak
    • Recorded versions: Wicked Game
    "Wicked Game" is a 1989 song by Chris Isaak from his third studio album Heart Shaped World. Despite being released as a single in 1989, it did not become a hit until it was later featured in the David Lynch film Wild at Heart (1990). Lee Chesnut, an Atlanta radio station music director who loved David Lynch films, began playing the song and it quickly became a nationwide top ten hit in January 1991, reaching #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, making it the only hit song of his career in the U.S. James Calvin Wilsey played the distinctive lead guitar solo on the song. The song is written in the mode of B Dorian. Through several years, many different versions and arrangements of the song were made before the final version was released. Both the bassline and drums (except the cymbals) were sampled from previous recordings of the song and then looped. The music video of the song was directed by Herb Ritts, shot in Hawaii and featured top model Helena Christensen rolling and frolicking on the beach with Isaak. It was filmed in black and white. Christensen was topless and Isaak was shirtless through most of the video, although clever camera angles concealed any actual nudity. The video
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    Puttin' on the Ritz

    Puttin' on the Ritz

    • Composer: Irving Berlin
    • Recorded versions: Puttin' on the Ritz
    "Puttin' on the Ritz" is a popular song written and published in 1929 by Irving Berlin and introduced by Harry Richman in the musical film Puttin' on the Ritz (1930). The title derives from the slang expression "putting on the Ritz," meaning to dress very fashionably. The expression was inspired by the swanky Ritz Hotel. The song is in AABA form, with a verse. According to John Mueller, the central device in the A section is the "use of delayed rhythmic resolution: a staggering, off-balance passage, emphasized by the unorthodox stresses in the lyric, suddenly resolves satisfyingly on a held note, followed by the forceful assertion of the title phrase." The marchlike B section, which is only barely syncopated, acts as a contrast to the previous rhythmic complexities. According to Alec Wilder, in his study of American popular song, the rhythmic pattern in "Puttin' on the Ritz" is "the most complex and provocative I have ever come upon." The original version of Berlin's song included references to the then-popular fad of flashily-dressed but poor black Harlemites parading up and down Lenox Avenue, "Spending ev'ry dime / For a wonderful time". The song was featured with the original
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    Anyone Who Had a Heart

    Anyone Who Had a Heart

    • Lyricist: Hal David
    • Recorded versions: Anyone Who Had a Heart
    "Anyone Who Had a Heart" is a song written by Burt Bacharach (music) and Hal David (lyrics) for Dionne Warwick in 1963. Warwick's original recording hit the Top Ten in the United States, Canada, Spain, The Netherlands, South Africa, Belgium and Australia in January 1964. Cilla Black's version was a UK #1 hit in 1964: in May 2010 research published by BBC Radio 2 revealed that her version was the biggest female chart hit of the 1960s although that version, as well as Cilla Black, remains relatively unknown outside the UK and western Europe. "Anyone Who Had a Heart" was presented to Dionne Warwick in unfinished form while she, Burt Bacharach and Hal David were rehearsing in Bacharach's Manhattan apartment for an upcoming recording session. Bacharach had finished the score which, in his words, "changes time signature constantly, 4/4 to 5/4, and a 7/8 bar at the end of the song on the turnaround. It wasn't intentional, it was all just natural. That's the way I felt it." This was the first use of polyrhythm in popular music. However, David had written only about a third of the lyric and was reluctant to finalize the sixth line of the first stanza as "And know I dream of you", feeling
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    Chacun Pense À Soi

    Chacun Pense À Soi

    "Chacun pense à soi" ("Everyone thinks of themselves") was the French entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 2005, performed in French by Ortal. Despite France having placed 15th in the 2004 Contest, their position as one of the "Big Four" (along with Spain, Germany and the United Kingdom) guaranteed an automatic final berth. Thus, the song was performed twenty-fourth on the night (following Latvia's Walters & Kazha with "The War Is Not Over"). At the close of voting, it had received 11 points, placing 23rd in a field of 24. The song is an up-tempo number (with some hip-hop influences), with Ortal singing about the problems caused in the world by the fact that everyone thinks primarily of themselves. She sings that as a result, we forget about those who love us. It was succeeded as French representative at the 2006 Contest by Virginie Pouchain with "Il était temps".
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    Jihad

    Jihad

    • Lyricist: Jeff Hanneman
    • Recorded versions: Jihad
    "Jihad" is a song by the American thrash metal band Slayer which appears on their 2006 album Christ Illusion. The song portrays the imagined viewpoint of a terrorist who has participated in the September 11, 2001 attacks, concluding with spoken lyrics taken from words left behind by Mohamed Atta; Atta was named by the FBI as the "head suicide terrorist" of the first plane to crash into the World Trade Center. "Jihad" was primarily written by guitarist Jeff Hanneman; the lyrics were co-authored with vocalist Tom Araya. "Jihad" received a mixed reception in the music press, and reviews generally focused on the lyrics' controversial subject matter. The song drew comparisons to Slayer's 1986 track "Angel of Death"—also penned by Hanneman—which similarly caused outrage at the time of its release. Joseph Dias of the Mumbai Christian group "Catholic Secular Forum" expressed concern over "Jihad"'s lyrics, and contributed to Christ Illusion's recall by EMI India, who to date have no plans for a reissue in that country. ABC-TV's Broadcast Standards and Practices Department censored the song during Slayer's first US network television appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Only the opening minute
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    Kiss The Girl

    Kiss The Girl

    • Composer: Alan Menken
    • Lyricist: Howard Ashman
    • Recorded versions: Kiss the Girl
    "Kiss the Girl" is a song by American actor Samuel E. Wright. It was written by composer Alan Menken and lyricist Howard Ashman for Walt Disney Pictures' 1989 animated feature film The Little Mermaid, and originally recorded by Wright in his film role as Sebastian. A calypso ballad, the song's lyrics encourage a young man to kiss his female love interest before it's too late. "Kiss the girl" has received mostly positive reception. The song was nominated for both an Academy and Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song, but lost both to "Under the Sea," another song from The Little Mermaid soundtrack. In 1991, Soul II Soul released a version for the compilation Simply Mad About the Mouse: A Musical Celebration of Imagination. In 1995, Alvin and the Chipmunks recorded a version with The Chipettes providing background vocals for their Disney-themed album When You Wish Upon a Chipmunk. Simon sings this song to convince a disgusted Alvin to kiss a girl named Vanessa. Country music band Little Texas recorded a version on the 1996 album The Best of Country Sing the Best of Disney. This rendition peaked at number 52 on the Hot Country Songs charts. When The Little Mermaid was re-released
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    More Than a Feeling

    More Than a Feeling

    • Composer: Tom Scholz
    • Lyricist: Tom Scholz
    • Recorded versions: More Than a Feeling
    "More Than a Feeling" is a song written by Tom Scholz and first released by the rock band Boston as the lead single from their self-titled debut album on Epic Records in September 1976, with "Smokin'" on the flipside. The single peaked at number five on the Billboard Hot 100. The track is now a staple of classic rock and in 2009 it was named the 39th best hard rock song of all time by VH1. His biggest hit, "More Than a Feeling" took writer Tom Scholz five years to complete. It is one of six songs Scholz worked on in his basement in 1974 and 1975 before Boston got its record contract, five of which eventually appeared on the Boston album. The drum parts were originally developed by Jim Masdea, although Sib Hashian played the drums on the official release. The verses are in the key of D major while the chorus is in G major. The song is in compound AABA form. The Book of Rock Lists suggests that the chorus riff may itself be a subtle homage to the Kingsmen's classic, "Louie Louie". Scholz credits "Walk Away Renee" by The Left Banke as the song's main inspiration. It is also very much similar (same descending pattern) to the opening riff of Elton John's "Screw You (Young Man's Blues)".
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    Phleng Chat

    Phleng Chat

    • Composer: Peter Feit
    The national anthem of Thailand was adopted on 10 December 1939. The melody was composed by Phra Jenduriyang (Peter Feit) and the words are by Luang Saranuprapan. Phleng Chat (Thai: เพลงชาติ), literally meaning "national anthem", is a general word for national anthem. Phleng Chat Thai (Thai: เพลงชาติไทย), Thailand's national anthem, is also used to refer to this specific song. The anthem was composed a few days after the 1932 coup in the tune vaguely similar to the national anthem of Poland, Poland Is Not Yet Lost, and was first broadcast in July 1932. The original lyrics were by Khun Wichitmatra. Before 1932, Phleng Sansoen Phra Barami (the Royal Anthem) was used as the national anthem of Siam. In 1934, Thai Government launched the competitions for the official national anthem, both with music and lyrics. For the music, Jangwang Tua Patayakosol composed another tune in a more traditional style called "Phleng Maha Nimit" for making the decision to the government but they still selected Phra Jenduriyang's melody because it sounded more modern. After that, in the competition for the lyrics with Phra Jenduriyang's music, the original words by Khun Wichitmatra won the first prize and
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    Private Eyes

    Private Eyes

    • Recorded versions: Private Eyes
    "Private Eyes" is a 1981 single by Hall & Oates and the title track from their album of that year. The song was number one on the Billboard Hot 100 charts for two weeks, from November 7 through November 20, 1981. This single was the band's third of six number one hits (the first two being "Rich Girl" and "Kiss on My List"), and their second number one hit of the 1980s. It was succeeded in the number one position by Olivia Newton-John's "Physical," which was in turn succeeded by another single from Hall and Oates, "I Can't Go for That (No Can Do)." In an interview with American Songwriter, Daryl Hall states: "That’s a real Janna Allen [co-writer and sister of Sara Allen] song. Janna, and I, and Warren Pash wrote that. Warren and Janna wrote most of the song, and I took it and changed it around – changed the chords. Sandy [Sara Allen] and I wrote the lyrics. It’s a real family song, the Allen sisters and me." The single carries a similar rhythm to the duo's number one hit from earlier that year, "Kiss On My List," with the difference being a handclap chorus that has made the song an audience-participation favorite at live Hall and Oates shows. It was one of the duo's first songs to
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    The Internationale

    The Internationale

    • Composer: Pierre Degeyter
    • Recorded versions: l'Internationale
    "The Internationale" ("L'Internationale" in French) is a widely sung left-wing anthem. It has been one of the most recognizable and popular songs of the socialist movement since the late 19th century, when the Second International (now the Socialist International) adopted it as its official anthem. The original French refrain of the song is C'est la lutte finale / Groupons-nous et demain / L'Internationale / Sera le genre humain. (English: "This is the final struggle / Let us group together and tomorrow / The Internationale / Will be the human race.") "The Internationale" has been translated into many languages. It is often sung with the hand raised in a clenched fist salute and is sometimes followed (in English-speaking places) with a chant of "The workers united will never be defeated". "The Internationale" has been celebrated by socialists, communists, and anarchists. The original French words were written in June 1871 by Eugène Pottier (1816–1887, previously a member of the Paris Commune) and were originally intended to be sung to the tune of "La Marseillaise". Pierre De Geyter (1848–1932) set the poem to music in 1888. His melody was first publicly performed in July 1888 and
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    The Star-Spangled Banner

    The Star-Spangled Banner

    • Composer: John Stafford Smith
    • Lyricist: Francis Scott Key
    • Recorded versions: The Star-Spangled Banner
    "The Star-Spangled Banner" is the national anthem of the United States of America. The lyrics come from "Defence of Fort McHenry", a poem written in 1814 by the 35-year-old lawyer and amateur poet, Francis Scott Key, after witnessing the bombardment of Fort McHenry by the British Royal Navy ships in Chesapeake Bay during the Battle of Fort McHenry in the War of 1812. The poem was set to the tune of a popular British song written by John Stafford Smith for the Anacreontic Society, a men's social club in London. "The Anacreontic Song" (or "To Anacreon in Heaven"), with various lyrics, was already popular in the United States. Set to Key's poem and renamed "The Star-Spangled Banner", it would soon become a well-known American patriotic song. With a range of one and a half octaves, it is known for being difficult to sing. Although the poem has four stanzas, only the first is commonly sung today. "The Star-Spangled Banner" was recognized for official use by the Navy in 1889, and by President Woodrow Wilson in 1916, and was made the national anthem by a congressional resolution on March 3, 1931 (46 Stat. 1508, codified at 36 U.S.C. § 301), which was signed by President Herbert
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    The Tears of a Clown

    The Tears of a Clown

    • Recorded versions: The Tears of a Clown
    "The Tears of a Clown" is a song by Smokey Robinson & the Miracles for the Tamla (Motown) label, originally released on the 1967 album Make It Happen. It was re-released in the United Kingdom as a single in September 1970, where it became a #1 hit on the UK singles chart. Subsequently, Motown released "The Tears of a Clown" as a single in the United States as well, where it quickly became a #1 hit on both the Billboard Hot 100 and R&B Singles charts. It is an international multi-million seller and a 2002 Grammy Hall of Fame inductee. Its success caused Miracles lead singer, songwriter, and producer Smokey Robinson, who had announced plans to leave the act, to stay until 1972. Stevie Wonder (who was discovered by Miracles member Ronnie White), and his producer Hank Cosby wrote the music for the song, and Cosby produced the instrumental track recording. Wonder brought the instrumental track to the 1966 Motown Christmas party because he could not come up with a lyric to fit the instrumental. Wonder wanted to see what Robinson could come up with for the track. Robinson, who remarked that the song's distinctive calliope motif "sounded like a circus", provided lyrics that reflected his
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    Another Weekend

    Another Weekend

    • Recorded versions: Another Weekend
    "Another Weekend" is the name of a 1988 hit single by the British pop group Five Star. It peaked at #18 on the UK singles chart, but reached #1 on the UK Dance chart. In the US, the single reached #23 on the R&B charts. The single was a return to the charts for the group after a short break to record their fourth LP Rock The World. Due to declining record sales, the group were intent on changing their clean-cut image. They opted for a new, raunchier leather-clad look in the accompanying video, whilst the track demonstrated a slightly harder edged dance sound. However, the changes were not enough to reverse the group's decline, and sales continued to dwindle. 7" Single PB42081 and 7" gatefold with stickers: 1. Another Weekend (edit - 04:10) 2. The Mews 12" Single: PT42082 1. Another Weekend (Friday Night Mix) * 2. Another Weekend (Friday Night Dub Mix) 3. The Mews 12" Single with posterbag: PT42082PB 1. Another Weekend (Saturday Night Mix) ** 2. The Mews (Edit) 3. The Five Star Hit Mix, 11:52 (Disco Mix Club megamix featuring Can't Wait Another Minute, Let Me Be The One, All Fall Down, Whenever You're Ready, Find The Time, If I Say Yes, R.S.V.P., Love Take Over, The Slightest
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    Breakfast at Tiffany's

    Breakfast at Tiffany's

    • Recorded versions: Breakfast at Tiffany's
    "Breakfast at Tiffany's" is the title of a song recorded by American rock band Deep Blue Something. Originally appearing on the album 11th Song, it was later re-recorded and released on their album Home. It was the band's biggest and most enduring hit, and quickly moved to the top of the charts. It is often noted as the group's signature song. "Breakfast at Tiffany's" is sung from the point of view of a man who is on the verge of breaking up with his girlfriend on the basis that the two have nothing in common. Desperate to find something, the man brings up the Audrey Hepburn film Breakfast at Tiffany's, and his girlfriend recalls that they "both kinda liked it." He argues that this should serve as enough motivation for them to work out their problems based on the notion that love will always find a way to make things work. The film Roman Holiday inspired the lyrics of the song, but the song-writer Todd Pipes thought that one of Hepburn's other films would make a better song title. Side A Side B In 1996, the song reached number five in the United States and topped the charts in the United Kingdom. Todd Pipes said in a Q magazine about the promotion "Breakfast at Tiffany's", "As the
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    Broken Wings

    Broken Wings

    • Recorded versions: Broken Wings
    "Broken Wings" is the title of a song recorded by American pop/rock band Mr. Mister. The band's first single from their 1985 Welcome to the Real World album, "Broken Wings" reached the number-one position on the U.S. charts in December 1985, where it remained for two weeks. It was released as the band was just about to embark on a U.S. tour opening for Tina Turner. The song reached number four in the UK Singles Chart, the highest the group ever achieved there. The song was co-written with lyricist John Lang, who was inspired by a book called "Broken Wings" written by Kahlil Gibran. The song is a mix of synth, digitally delayed guitar, bass and drums. The song's hissing intro was an effect created by the sound of crash cymbal played in reverse. The music video for "Broken Wings" was directed by Oley Sassone and filmed in black & white. It features lead vocalist/bassist Richard Page driving through the desert in a classic Ford Thunderbird, the first allusion to birds. There is a scene where Page is sitting in a church when a Harris's Hawk flies in through the window and lands next to him on the pew and they exchange a gaze. The full band is also featured in performance scenes. Also
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    By the Light of the Silvery Moon

    By the Light of the Silvery Moon

    • Composer: Gus Edwards
    • Recorded versions: By the Light of the Silvery Moon
    "By The Light of the Silvery Moon" is a popular song. The music was written by Gus Edwards, and the lyrics by Edward Madden. The song was published in 1909 and first performed on stage by Lillian Lorraine. It was one of a series of moon-related Tin Pan Alley songs of the era. The song has been used in a great many television shows and motion pictures. A film of the same title was released in 1953, starring Doris Day. It served as a sequel to On Moonlight Bay, which also starred Doris Day. Billy Murray recorded the song Stand Up and Sing for Your Father an Old Time Tune in 1923. The lyrics of Murray's song parody By the Light of the Silvery Moon, portraying an old man who found this new song frivolous. See all of the above for the importance of the song in popular culture. In the 1933 film Turn Back the Clock, The Three Stooges make an early cameo appearance and sing the song. In 1950 film Two Weeks with Love, it was sung by Jane Powell and Ricardo Montalban. The song was featured in the film "By the Light of the Silvery Moon" (1953), and performed by Doris Day, Gordon MacRae, Leon Ames, Rosemary DeCamp and others throughout the film. The song was also featured in the film "The
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    Call Me

    Call Me

    • Recorded versions: Call Me
    "Call Me" is a 1987 song recorded by the Italian singer Spagna. It was the second single from her debut album Dedicated to the Moon, on which it features as first track. The single was released in 1987 in most European countries. The video for the song was filmed in and around Nottingham. The majority of the video was filmed in and around the 'Ritzy' nightclub, with the nearby Belvoir Castle also featuring. Unlike the previous single "Easy Lady", this song was also released in Japan and the U.S. A 'U.S. Remix' was made by Steve Thompson and Mike Barbiero. "Girl, It's Not the End of the World", the second track on the 7" single, is another song from Spagna's first album. Spanish singer Soraya Arnelas recorded a cover version of the song and released it as the second official single from her second studio album Ochenta's. The song was also covered by New Zealand band The Fan Club in 1988. This single was a greater success than the previous one, "Easy Lady". It reached number two on the UK Singles Chart and number three on the Irish Singles Chart. The single reached number five in South Africa and the top five of the other European countries. In France, it started at number 40 on 25
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    Fear of a Blank Planet

    Fear of a Blank Planet

    "Fear of a Blank Planet" is a Porcupine Tree song. It appears as the first track on the album of the same name. A promo single of the song was released in Europe and the United States, by respective record labels. Both promos contain an edited version of "Fear of a Blank Planet" with the swearing removed. The lyrics deal with two common neurobehavioural developmental disorders for teenagers in the 21st Century: bipolar disorder and attention deficit disorder. The Atlantic Records promo CD includes three different versions of the song, and is pressed to look like a 7" vinyl. There is a Roadrunner Records two-track promo which came housed in a cardboard sleeve with unique artwork and contains two radio-edit versions of the song. On 16 April 2007, the same day as the European release date, the music video for the title track debuted on Porcupine Tree's MySpace, though it was temporarily removed a day later in the wake of the shootings at Virginia Tech due to the band finding the content, namely children wielding guns, distasteful at the present. On 25 April 2007, the video was launched on the Fear of a Blank Planet microsite to view in high resolution and was replaced several months
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    Finally

    Finally

    • Composer: Ce Ce Peniston
    • Lyricist: Ce Ce Peniston
    • Recorded versions: Finally
    "Finally" is a 1991 song by the musician CeCe Peniston. A dance mix of this song was made, and this remixed version was used in many dance music compilations. "Finally" became Peniston's first (and biggest) hit song, peaking at number five on the US Hot 100 in January 1992 and becoming her only U.S. top-ten hit to date. Prior to that, it was also successful on the US Dance chart, where it spent two weeks at number one in late 1991. In addition, the song peaked at number two on the UK Singles Chart in a remixed version. The song features in the 1998 film Bimboland produced by Ariel Zeitoun. The 7-inch Choice Mix was used in the 1993 film The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert and featured on its soundtrack album. The song is also featured in the stage musical based on the film. For her ninth tour Showgirl: The Homecoming Tour that resumed on November 11, 2006 at Sydney Entertainment Centre (ended on January 23, 2007), Kylie Minogue used elements of Peniston's song when performing her 2000 comeback single "Spinning Around", co-written by Paula Abdul. And in November 2009, also pop musician Lady Gaga used excerpts of "Finally" for the opening of The Monster Ball Tour in her
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    Gangsta's Paradise

    Gangsta's Paradise

    • Recorded versions: Gangsta's Paradise
    "Gangsta's Paradise" is a rap song by Coolio featuring L.V.. The song was released on the Coolio album Gangsta's Paradise, as well as the Dangerous Minds soundtrack in 1995. Coolio was awarded a Grammy for Best Rap Solo Performance, two MTV Video Music Award's for Best Rap Video and for Best Video from a Film and a Billboard Music Award for the song/album. The song was voted as the best single of the year in The Village Voice Pazz & Jop critics poll. It sampled the chorus and music of the song "Pastime Paradise" by Stevie Wonder (1976). Wonder performed the song with Coolio and L.V. at the 1995 Billboard Awards. The song was also listed at number 69 on Billboard's Greatest Songs of All-Time and number one biggest selling single of 1995 on U.S. Billboard. In 2008, it was ranked number 38 on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of Hip Hop. The song has sold over 5 million copies in the U.S., U.K., and Germany alone, and at least 5.7 million worldwide, making it one of the best-selling singles of all time. Coolio has performed this song live at the Billboard Music Awards with L.V. (singer) and Stevie Wonder and also with Dutch singer Trijntje Oosterhuis. L.V. released a solo version of the single
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    Got 'Til It's Gone

    Got 'Til It's Gone

    • Recorded versions: Got 'til It's Gone
    "Got 'til It's Gone" is a song by American singer Janet Jackson, featuring American rapper Q-Tip and Canadian singer Joni Mitchell. It was released as the lead single from Jackson's sixth studio album, The Velvet Rope (1997). The song is notable for its use of a sample from Joni Mitchell's song "Big Yellow Taxi", which originally appeared on her 1970 album Ladies of the Canyon. Jackson contacted Mitchell personally to ask for permission to sample her work; she stated that "[e]veryone said it couldn't be done, but if [Mitchell] was going to say no to me, I had to hear it from her myself... I called her and told her I wanted her to hear it before she made a decision. Everybody was surprised when a couple of days later, she said yes." During performances on her 1998 tour, Mitchell would add elements of Q-Tip's rap into her own performances of "Big Yellow Taxi". British singer Des'ree would later sue Jackson, stating that her 1991 single "Feel So High" was also sampled on "Got 'til It's Gone". Subsequent releases containing the track would credit Des'ree as a co-writer. Production of "Got 'til It's Gone" was officially credited to Janet Jackson, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. However, the
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    Here to Stay

    Here to Stay

    • Recorded versions: Here to Stay
    "Here to Stay" is a Grammy Award-winning song by American rock band Korn that appears on the band's fifth studio album, Untouchables as the album's opening track. It was released as the album's first single in February 2002. The song won the 2003 Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance, as well as winning an award for Best International Video on MuchMusic in 2002. It was also nominated for Best Rock Video at the 2002 MTV Video Music Awards and Best Single at the 2002 Kerrang! Awards. The music video, directed by The Hughes Brothers was highly successful, and gained frequent airplay on MTV and MuchMusic in particular, featuring the band members on a TV screen amongst major world issues at the time. The video won a 2002 Metal Edge Readers' Choice Award for Music Video of the Year. The song has become a staple of the band's live show to this day. "Here to Stay" was released to US radio stations in February 2002 as a promotional single. The retail version was released on the same day as Untouchables, June 11, 2002. A box set was later released, which included all three editions of the "Here to Stay" single. There is also a one-track promotional single of the Mindless Self Indulgence
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    I Love You, California

    I Love You, California

    • Composer: Alfred F. Frankenstein
    • Lyricist: F. B. Silverwood
    I Love You, California (1913) is the official state song of California. The lyrics were written by Francis Bernard Silverwood (1863-1924), a Los Angeles clothier and the words were subsequently put to music by Abraham Franklin Frankenstein (1873-1934), then conductor of the Orpheum Theatre Orchestra. The production was published by Hatch & Loveland, Music Printers, Los Angeles, California, and copyrighted by F.B. Silverwood in 1913. It was the official song of expositions held in San Francisco and San Diego in 1915. Later in 1913, the song was introduced by opera star Mary Garden, associated with the Chicago Grand Opera at that time. "Mary Garden stopped Grand Opera to make this California song famous," read the notices virtually ensuring the popularity and success of the new song. The renowned soprano wrote on Alexandria Hotel stationery, I Love You, California, was played aboard the steamship Ancon, which on August 14, 1914, became the first merchant ship to pass through the Panama Canal. In 1951, the State Legislature passed a resolution designating it as California's state song. California Government Code section 421.7 states, "I Love You, California, a song published in 1913
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    John the Revelator

    John the Revelator

    • Recorded versions: John the Revelator
    "John the Revelator" is a traditional Gospel/blues call and response song. In the chorus, John of Patmos, the traditional author of the Book of Revelation, is writing "the book of the seven seals." At the time of the song's composition (and in modern times), John of Patmos was generally considered the same person as John the Apostle and John the Evangelist. The song was recorded on April 20, 1930 in Atlanta, Georgia by Blind Willie Johnson and is included in the Anthology of American Folk Music. In this version Johnson's first wife Willie B. Harris performs the response parts of the song. The Golden Gate Quartet performed and recorded the song a cappella in the 1930s. Son House also recorded several a cappella versions in the 1960s. The song has been covered by numerous bands and musicians, including Steve Vai, Son House, The Blues Brothers, Beck, John Mellencamp, Phil Keaggy, Nick Cave, Gov't Mule, The Indelicates, Curtis Stigers for the FX show Sons of Anarchy, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, R.E.M., The Silencers, Rolf Harris, Lee Roy Parnell, Frank Black, A. A. Bondy, and many others. Similarly titled songs by Depeche Mode, The Midnight Ghost Train, and Dave Matthews Band, as well
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    Late Goodbye

    Late Goodbye

    • Recorded versions: Late Goodbye
    "Late Goodbye" is a song by the Finnish rock band Poets of the Fall that appeared in the 2003 video game Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne as well as on the band's debut album Signs of Life. It was also the first single released from the album and reached #14 on the Finnish Singles Chart as well as #1 on Radio Suomipop's Top 30 chart. The song can be heard by the player at various times during the game:
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    Madhouse

    Madhouse

    • Composer: Charlie Benante
    • Lyricist: Charlie Benante
    • Recorded versions: Madhouse
    "Madhouse" is a song by the American heavy metal band Anthrax. It was released as the only single and third track from their second album, Spreading the Disease. The song is an up-tempo time signature with heavy distorted guitar riffs. The song has become a staple of live concerts, and has also appeared on Anthrax's "best of" album, Anthrology: No Hit Wonders (1985-1991). In 2009 it was named the 46th best hard rock song of all time by VH1. A music video was produced which featured the band performing in an insane asylum with several mental patients going along with the song. However, the video didn't receive much airplay because it was banned from MTV, who believed the content to be degrading to the mentally ill. Heavy Metal band Pantera had a live cover in 1987.
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    Maps

    Maps

    • Composer: Yeah Yeah Yeahs
    • Lyricist: Yeah Yeah Yeahs
    • Recorded versions: Maps
    "Maps" is a single by The Yeah Yeah Yeahs from their debut full-length album, Fever to Tell (2003). The song is about the relationship between Liars frontman Angus Andrew and Yeah Yeah Yeahs lead singer Karen O. It was released on February 10, 2004, and the band performed the song at that year's MTV Movie Awards. It reached #9 on Billboard's hot modern rock chart and was included in the popular video game Rock Band. "Miles Away" is a newly recorded version of the song from the band's self-titled EP. The video shows the band playing in an audition in a high school gymnasium, with different light filters changing the color of the room. The tears cried by Karen O in the video are real. She explains: "They were real tears. My boyfriend at the time [Angus Andrew] was supposed to come to the shoot – he was three hours late and I was just about to leave for tour. I didn't think he was even going to come and this was the song that was written for him. He eventually showed up and I got myself in a real emotional state." It was nominated for four MTV Video Music Awards: Best Art Direction, Best Editing, Best Cinematography, and the MTV2 Award. The video was directed by Patrick
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    More & Faster

    More & Faster

    • Recorded versions: More & Faster
    "More & Faster" is a KMFDM single released in 1989. The songs on this release also appeared on some European versions of UAIOE, and alternate versions of "More & Faster" and "Rip the System" both appeared on UAIOE. "More & Faster" later appeared on Virus, and "Rip the System" and "Naff Off" later appeared on the rarities collection Agogo. In 2008, KMFDM Records re-released this as a 7" vinyl single, limited to 250 copies. Tom Popson of the Chicago Tribune said the song's vocals "actually exhibit some feeling-a bit of a novelty in a field where the singing often tends toward flat-toned, apocalyptic-doom stylings." Andy Hinds of Allmusic called it "probably the first KMFDM classic".
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    Temperature's Rising

    Temperature's Rising

    "Temperature's Rising" is the third and final single from Mobb Deep's album, The Infamous, featuring Crystal Johnson. Similar to Nas' "One Love", Mobb Deep's song is in the form of a letter to a recently incarcerated friend, who went by the name Killa Black, he was also the older brother of Havoc. In the song, the narrator reveals that he is covering up evidence of his imprisoned friends' criminal actions, and speaks of his paranoia, fearing that the police are closing in on him. It contains a sample of "Where There is Love" by Patrice Rushen. There is also an original version, which is leaked on the internet, went unreleased due to sample clearance issues. That version contains samples of "UFO" by ESG & "Body Heat" by Quincy Jones. A few years after the song was released, Killa Black committed suicide while being imprisoned. The b-side "Give Up the Goods (Just Step)" is about the life of a "stick up artist", and features Big Noyd. In 2006 the song was included on the greatest hits album Life of the Infamous: The Best of Mobb Deep. There is also a remix to the single has sounds similar to the album version with mostly clean lyrics. Side A Side B
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    The Limit

    The Limit

    "The Limit" is the first solo single released by British singer, Darren Ockert (musician) in 2006.
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    The Set Up

    The Set Up

    "The Set Up (You Don't Know)" is a song performed by American rapper Obie Trice, featuring vocals from fellow rapper Nate Dogg, released as the third and final single from from Trice's debut studio album, Cheers. The track was produced by Dr. Dre. An official remix of "The Set Up (You Don't Know)" was released as a B-side to the official CD single. The track features, as well as Nate Dogg, appearances from Lloyd Banks, Jadakiss and Redman. The remix was labeled the "Dr. Dre Remix" and was entirely produced by Dre. Jadakiss would later feud with Banks and his group G-Unit after 50 Cent released the song "Piggy Bank", which attacked Jadakiss and Fat Joe for collaborating with 50's rival Ja Rule. The video for "The Set Up (You Don't Know)" features Trice being put 'under the spell' of a lady, who encourages him to steal a lot of money. Little does he realize, it's a setup, and he gets shot in order for her to get away the money. But as Karma would have it, she gets shot and the money gets stolen from her. The video ends with Obie getting up, being thankful for wearing a bulletproof vest. Other than Obie Trice and Nate Dogg, the video features Mýa acting as the charming lady, as well
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