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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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“Stillness Is the Move”

Dirty Projectors | 2009

A Wim Wenders film and a rapper inspired the Dirty Projectors duo David Longstreth and Amber Coffmanto write "sort of a love song." "We rented the movie Wings of Desire from Dave's brother's recommendation, and he had me go through it and just write down some things that I found interesting, and they made it into the song," Coffman said. As for the hip-hop connection, Longstreth explained, "The beat is based on T-Pain. We commissioned a radio mix of the song by the guy who mixes all of Timbaland's records, but the mix we made sounded way better, so we didn't use it."

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