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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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“Wake Up Everybody”

John Legend and the Roots | 2010

A Number One record by Harold Melvin and the Bluenotes in 1976 (a McFadden- and Whitehead-penned classic sung by Teddy Pendergrass) inspired the title and lead single from Wake Up!, John Legend's tribute album to message music. The more familiar strains of "Wake Up Everybody" also fit his agenda. "It basically sums up, in a very concise way, all the things we were thinking about when we were putting this record together in that it's about justice, doing the right thing and coming together to make the world a better place," he said. Vocalists Common and Melanie Fiona assist Legend on this mission to connect.

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