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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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“Road to Nowhere”

Talking Heads | 1985

A cappella harmonies give way to an a fuller arrangement blending pop and electro-disco on "Road to Nowhere," but the theme remains constant: We're on an eternal journey to an undefined destination. The song vaulted back into the news a quarter century after it was a hit when Gov. Charlie Crist used it in his unsuccessful 2010 campaign for the U.S. Senate in Florida. "It's this little ditty about how there's no order and no plan and no scheme to life and death and it doesn't mean anything, but it's all right," Byrne said with a chuckle.

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