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Left to right: Scarface, Bushwick Bill and Willie D of the Geto Boys perform in Houston in 2015. Marco Torres/HOU/VMG via Getty Images hide caption

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Stressed Out: How 'Mind Playing Tricks On Me' Gave Anxiety A Home In Hip-Hop

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Tom Petty performs with the Heartbreakers in Belgium in 1992. Gie Knaeps/Getty Images hide caption

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'A Song For Any Struggle': Tom Petty's 'I Won't Back Down' Is An Anthem Of Resolve

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Kurt Cobain in the studio with Nirvana in late 1991. Michel Linssen/Redferns/Getty Images hide caption

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'Smells Like Teen Spirit,' The Anthem For A Generation That Didn't Want One

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The Youngbloods circa 1967. Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images hide caption

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Beyond The Summer Of Love, 'Get Together' Is An Anthem For Every Season

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A view of Pikes Peak from the Carroll Lakes, circa 1925. Katharine Lee Bates' trip up the Colorado mountain inspired her poem "America," later to become the song "America the Beautiful." Harry L. Standley/Courtesy of the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum hide caption

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Greatness Is Not A Given: 'America The Beautiful' Asks How We Can Do Better

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Mardi Gras Indian Big Chief Monk Boudreaux (right) and members of his Golden Eagles tribe in March 2019 in New Orleans. Erika Goldring/Getty Images hide caption

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In New Orleans, 'Indian Red' Is The Anthemic Sound Of Tradition

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Bruce Springsteen onstage during the Born in the U.S.A. Tour in 1984. Shinko Music/Getty Images hide caption

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What Does 'Born In The U.S.A.' Really Mean?

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Woody Guthrie circa 1940. Al Aumuller/Courtesy of Woody Guthrie Publications, Inc. hide caption

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How 'This Land Is Your Land' Roamed And Rambled Into American Life

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Duke Ellington at the piano, circa 1940. John Kobal Foundation/Getty Images hide caption

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A Sprawling Blueprint For Protest Music, Courtesy Of The Jazz Duke

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Stephen Stills (left) performs with Buffalo Springfield on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour in 1967. CBS Photo Archive/CBS via Getty Images hide caption

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A Thousand People In The Street: 'For What It's Worth' Captured Youth In Revolt

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Dutch superstar DJ Tiesto (seen here performing in Miami in February 2019) released a massively popular electronic reworking of Samuel Barber's Adagio for Strings in 2005. Paras Griffin/Getty Images for E11EVEN Miami hide caption

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From Funerals To Festivals, The Curious Journey Of The 'Adagio For Strings'

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TLC at the 1999 MTV Video Music Awards. The trio won in the best group video category, beating boy-band juggernauts 'NSync and the Backstreet Boys. Henny Ray Abrams/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Oh Yes Son, They're Talking To You: 20 Years Of 'No Scrubs'

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Fans of Lady Gaga gather outside a concert in Manila in 2012. Jay Directo/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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How 'Born This Way' Was Born: An LGBT Anthem's Pedigree

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Caissie Levy performs as Elsa in the stage adaptation of Frozen, which opened on Broadway in 2018. Deen van Meer/Disney Theatrical Productions hide caption

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For Many With Disabilities, 'Let It Go' Is An Anthem Of Acceptance

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Hundreds of singers joined MILCK and the Canadian choral group Choir! Choir! Choir! to perform "Quiet" at Toronto's Phoenix Concert Theatre in early 2017. Andrew Williamson/Courtesy of Choir! Choir! Choir! hide caption

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A Song Called 'Quiet' Struck A Chord With Women. Two Years Later, It's Still Ringing

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