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'Rapper's Delight': The One-Take Hit

It took the Sugarhill Gang, and a song called "Rapper's Delight," to get the developing hip-hop art form on the radio.

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'Tapestry'

King started out as a songwriter with her husband, but it wasn't until after her divorce that she began to sing her own songs and when she did, she sold 15 million copies.

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'My Girl'

Smokey Robinson wrote "My Girl," recorded in 1964 by The Temptations, for Temptation David Ruffin to sing, knowing he'd be launching a new star.

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'My Funny Valentine'

The Rodgers and Hart tune is a perennial February favorite — but it's not exactly a love song.

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