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Song Stories

“Creep”

TLC | 1995

Songwriter and producer Dallas Austin wrote this Number One single off TLC's multimillion-selling album CrazySexyCool from a woman's perspective, then held onto the tape for a while letting the word "creep" seep into his head. His writing from a female point-of-view was something the trio appreciated, according to Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins. "We thought that was a good relationship to talk about because a lot of people don't admit that's how they feel -- that their man's playing on them and they want to be with him so they seek attention elsewhere, but they really want to be with their guy," the TLC singer said.

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“Nightshift”

The Commodores | 1984

The year after soul legends Marvin Gaye and Jackie Wilson died, songwriter Dennis Lambert asked members of the Commodores to give him a tape of ideas. "And the one from Walter Orange has this wonderful bass line," said co-writer Franne Golde. "Plus the lyric, 'Marvin, he was a friend of mine' ... Within 10 minutes, we had decided it should be something like a modern R&B version of 'Rock 'n' Roll Heaven,' and I just said, 'Nightshift.'" This tribute to the recently deceased musicians was the band's only hit without Lionel Richie, who had left for a solo career.

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