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“I Like the Way (The Kissing Game)”

Hi-Five | 1991

Co-writer and producer Teddy Riley helped give this Waco, Texas five-piece its only Number One single. "He put his all into it," Treston Irby, one-fifth of the group, said about Riley. To Irby, the song became bittersweet for him after the group's lead singer. Tony Thompson (who was only 15 years old when Hi-Five recorded their hit) passed away in 2007. "My fondest memory about doing that song was watching Tony do his thing," Irby said. "He being so young and giving his heart and soul into the song to make that song come across the way it did was a total blessing." 

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“Nightshift”

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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