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“Addicted to Drugs”

Kaiser Chiefs | 2008

“Addicted to Drugs” is the Kaiser Chiefs' take on Robert Palmer’s Eighties hit “Addicted to Love,” minus his sexy backing "musicians." But this cheeky take on the pop classic was actually the second version of the song, as the first try didn’t sit well with the band. “The combination of the title, the sentiment and the downbeat-ness made it sound judgmental,” bassist Simon Rix said about the original version. The band then recorded the more upbeat take, which incorporated lots of percussion, including producer Mark Ronson on the agogo bell.

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“Promiscuous”

Nelly Furtado with Timbaland | 2006

This club-oriented single featuring Timbaland, who produced Nelly Furtado's third album, Loose, was Furtado’s sexy return after the Canadian singer's exploration of her Portuguese heritage on Folklore. "In the studio, initially I didn’t know if I could do it, 'cause Timbaland wrote that chorus," Furtado said. "I'm like, 'That's cool, but I don't know if I'm ready to do full-out club.'" The flirty lyrics are a dance between a guy and girl, each knowing they will end up in bed together but still playing the game. "Tim and I called it 'The BlackBerry Song,' she said, "because everything we say in the song you could text-message to somebody."

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