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“I Wanna Sex You Up”

Color Me Badd | 1991

Color Me Badd weren't shy about their spiritual beliefs. (One of the group's members would later become a minister.) That made it a bit surprising when this doo-wop/hip-hop quartet sang this horny song that oozed, "Just lay back and enjoy the ride." Yet while CMB didn't want to garner a raunchy reputation, they also didn't want to pass up a good opportunity. "It's important to understand that song was written for New Jack City," said singer Sam Watters. "You're not going to go and write a goody, goody song for a movie that's about drugs and all that."

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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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