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“Human Nature”

Michael Jackson | 1982

The track listing of Michael Jackson's mega-classic album Thriller was going to include a song called "Carousel" instead of "Human Nature" until divine intervention occurred. Quincy Jones received a demo from Toto band member Steve Porcaro, and after not being impressed with the first two songs, the legendary producer found the “flavor” he was seeking. “All of a sudden, at the end there was all of this silence. ‘Why ? Why?’ That was all, just a dummy lyric … I said, ‘What the hell is that?’ That’s what took 'Carousel' out.” Jones contacted lyricist John Bettis to complete "Human Nature," which would become the fifth Top 10 hit single pulled from Thriller.

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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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