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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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“Hungry Like the Wolf”

Duran Duran | 1982

This indulgent New Romantic group generated their first U.S. hit with the help of what was at the time new technology. "Simon [Le Bon] and I, I think, had been out the night before and had this terrible hangover," said keyboardist Nick Rhodes. "For some reason we were feeling guilty about it and decided to go and do some work." Rhodes started playing with his Jupiter-8 synth, and then "Simon had an idea for a lyric, and by lunchtime when everyone else turned up, we pretty much had the song." The Simmons drumbeat was equally important to the sound of "Hungry Like the Wolf," as Duran Duran drummer Roger Taylor stated it "kind of defined the drum sound for the Eighties."

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