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“Buttons”

The Pussycat Dolls | 2006

While the Dolls started as a lingerie-wearing, burlesque-style dance troupe, they put aside their garters and fishnet stockings to record girl power tunes like "Don't Cha," "Stickwitu" and "Beep." But in this song, featuring raps by Snoop Dogg, the Dolls returned to their sexy form, singing about the desire to be undressed. "We wanted to go back to the roots of the Dolls," said Doll Nicole Scherzinger. "Go with the corset vibe and have it be a little raw and a little hotter."

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“Bleeding Love”

Leona Lewis | 2007

In 2008, The X Factor winner Leona Lewis backed up her U.K. singing competition victory with an R&B anthem for the ages: "Bleeding Love," an international hit that became the best-selling song of the year. The track was co-penned by OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder (whose radio dominance would continue with songs such as Beyonce's "Halo" and Adele's "Rumour Has It") and solo artist Jesse McCartney, who was inspired by a former girlfriend, Gossip Girl actress Katie Cassidy. Given the song's success, McCartney didn't regret handing over such a personal track: "No, no," he said. "I'm so happy for Leona. She deserves it. There are really no bad feelings."

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