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The Sock-It-To-Me Truth Of 'Respect'

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The Story Of 'A Love Supreme'

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The Story Of 'I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man'

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The Story Of 'Foggy Mountain Breakdown'

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The Story Of Woody Guthrie's 'This Land Is Your Land'

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American country music singer and guitarist Loretta Lynn performs on stage at the Grand Ole Opry, 1960s. Hulton Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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'Coal Miner's Daughter'

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'Let's Stay Together'

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Kurt Cobain performs with Nirvana at a taping of the television program 'MTV Unplugged' in New York City, Novemeber 18, 1993. Frank Micelotta/Getty Images hide caption

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How Nirvana's Unlikely Hit Became An Anthem

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'Fine And Mellow'

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American singer, pianist and songwriter Ray Charles performs in concert. Hulton Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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'What'd I Say'

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Set The Night On Fire: Behind The Doors' 'Light My Fire'

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American jazz saxophonist Coleman Hawkins and jazz trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie in concert with the Cannonball Adderley Quintet, November 27th, 1960. Express/Getty Images hide caption

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'Body And Soul'

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Bert Lahr (far right), Ray Bolger (back row, right), Judy Garland (sitting, right), composer Harold Arlen (sitting left), and various MGM and music publishing executives sing songs from the 1939 film musical 'The Wizard of Oz' around a microphone in the NBC radio studio, circa 1939. Hulton Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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'The Wizard Of Oz'

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Rap pioneers the Sugarhill Gang (left to right: Wonder Mike, Master G and Big Bank Hank) perform live circa 1979. Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images hide caption

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

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American folk singer and activist Pete Seeger (left) adopted and helped popularize "We Shall Overcome" by teaching the song at rallies and protests. Here he sings with activists in Greenwood, Miss., in 1963. Adger Cowans/Getty Images hide caption

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The Inspiring Force Of 'We Shall Overcome'

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One Record, Two Hits And A Rock 'n' Roll Revolution

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