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Lyn Collins, pictured here in 1970, inspired the chorus to Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock's pioneering hip-hop hit "It Takes Two." Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images hide caption

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The Voice Behind One Of Hip-Hop's Most Famous Hooks

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Joanna Newsom performs on Late Night with Seth Meyers on March 16, 2016. Photo Illustration: Lloyd Bishop/NBC via Getty Images and Angela Hsieh/NPR hide caption

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Lee Greenwood performs in Illinois in 1984. Released that spring to a modest chart showing, "God Bless the U.S.A." found staying power as political campaigns began to adopt it. Paul Natkin/Getty Images hide caption

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'God Bless The U.S.A.,' A Country Anthem With Enduring Political Power

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At Florida's Tampa Stadium in 1991, Whitney Houston delivered an iconic performance of "The Star-Spangled Banner" to kick off Super Bowl XXV. George Rose/Getty Images hide caption

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How Sports Met 'The Star-Spangled Banner'

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Karin Dreijer performs on stage at Motel Mozaique Festival in the Netherlands in 2009. Photo Illustration: Rob Verhorst/Redferns/Getty Images and Angela Hsieh/NPR hide caption

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Lorde performs at the Governors Ball Music Festival on June 2, 2017 in New York City. Photo Illustration: Angela Weiss/AFP/Getty Images and Angela Hsieh/NPR hide caption

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Kelly Clarkson performs during the KISS 108 FM Jingle Ball in Lowell, Mass. in 2004 — the year her second album, Breakaway, cemented her status as a pop superstar. Marc Andrew Deley/FilmMagic/Getty Images hide caption

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An impromptu memorial for Aretha Franklin outside New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit — the same church where Franklin's father Rev. C.L. Franklin was a minister and where she began her singing career. Taken Aug. 19, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. Bill Pugliano/Getty Images hide caption

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Esperanza Spalding performs at the 2011 Montreux Jazz festival in Switzerland. Photo Illustration: A163/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images and Angela Hsieh/NPR hide caption

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Dee Snider (center) with the rest of Twisted Sister in 1984. Mark Weiss/Getty Images hide caption

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Don't Get It Twisted: 'We're Not Gonna Take It' Can Be Anyone's Protest Song

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Christian McBride performs with The Time Jumpers. Colin Marshall/NPR hide caption

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Nashville: Not Just A Country Scene But A Place To Go For Jazz

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