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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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“Madame George”

Van Morrison | 1968

One of the first stream-of-consciousness epics to make it onto a Van Morrison record, his drawn-out farewell to the eccentric "Madame George" lasted nearly 10 minutes, combining ingredients from folk, jazz and classical music. The character that gave the song its title provoked speculation that it was about a drag queen, though Morrison denied this in Rolling Stone. "If you see it as a male or a female or whatever, it's your trip," he remarked. "I see it as a ... a Swiss cheese sandwich. Something like that."

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