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“Hot In Herre”

Nelly | 2002

This No. 1 hit, produced by The Neptunes, uses a sample of Chuck Brown's 1979 funk classic "Bustin' Loose." It became a summer anthem, and won a Grammy for Best Male Rap Solo Performance. Nelly explained the lyrics focusing on overindulgence and a too-hot-to-handle dancefloor to Rolling Stone, saying, "People have enough to think about right now. I'm just trying to free their minds and have a little fun with it. I know you got your own problems; I got my own problems. Let's think of something else for a change."

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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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