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Song Stories

“Fuck You”

Cee-Lo Green | 2010

The F-bomb never sounded so charming, and never before had the word wrestled its way into Grammy Awards territory (the song landed five nominations). Family audiences went gaga over the song's radio-friendly counterpart, "Forget You," thanks in part to its exposure on Fox's "Glee." Bruno Mars's Smeezingtons crew helped pen the dirty-word ditty. How did such a lewd title win so much love? "It's cute as a button," Green told Rolling Stone. "It's very disarming, and it actually sounds nothing like that title—it's got a very tongue-in-cheek quality. It's "Fuck You"—but with a smile on your face."

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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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