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From 'ABC' to 'Walk this Way,' 'Anthems We Love' book explores classic songs

"Anthems We Love" cover. (Courtesy of Shore Fire Media)
"Anthems We Love" cover. (Courtesy of Shore Fire Media)

Editor’s note: This segment was rebroadcasted on July 3, 2023. Find that audio here.

Here & Now‘s Robin Young speaks with music journalist Steve Baltin about his book “Anthems We Love: 29 Iconic Artists on the Hit Songs that Shaped our Lives.” Baltin spoke with artists about their classic songs including “Africa,” “One,” and “My Girl.”

Steve Baltin is the author of “Anthems We Love.” (Joseph Llanes)

Anthems heard in this segment

Le Freak by Chic

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God Only Knows” by The Beach Boys

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ABC” by The Jackson 5

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My Girl” by The Temptations

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One” by U2

You’re Still the One” by Shania Twain

Don’t Stop” and “Tusk” by Fleetwood Mac

Big Love” (performed live) by Lindsey Buckingham

No Scrubs” by TLC

At Seventeen” by Janis Ian

Anticipation” by Carly Simon

Africa” by Toto

This article was originally published on WBUR.org.

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