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“Brian Wilson”

Barenaked Ladies | 1992

Steven Page wrote this song about a man whose life parallels Brian Wilson's back when the Beach Boys leader -- overweight and bedridden -- was under the care of controversial psychologist Eugene Landy. Several years later, Wilson visited the band during a recording session. "That was bizarre," Page told Rolling Stone. "It was a textbook postmodern moment: Brian Wilson entered the studio to play us his version of our song 'Brian Wilson,' and asked us, 'Is it cool?' He looked me straight in the eye, and I was like, 'You're asking me if your version of our song is cool? It's f---ing unbelievable.'"

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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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