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“Grow Old With Me”

John Lennon | 1984

Officially released on the posthumous album Milk and Honey, "Grow Old With Me" was among the last songs recorded by John Lennon before he was murdered. Yoko Ono slept with a cassette of the final take in her handbag, with bells on her door for protection from intrusion. “I didn’t want anyone to take it from me,” she said. Inspired by the poems of Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Robert Browning, with music by Ono, the couple hoped to create a standard to be sung at coupling occasions for years to come. Ono said, “He was saying it to me but also to a whole generation: 'Let’s grow old together.'"

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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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