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“Immigrant Song”

Led Zeppelin | 1970

Beginning with the barreling declaration "We come from the land of Ice and snow, " Robert Plant and Jimmy Page wrote this song in 1970 when they were in Reykjavik at the invitation of the Icelandic government. Plant explained that a blue-collar strike threatened to cancel the gig. "So the university… prepared the concert hall …for us to play and it was most phenomenal... " Six days later, Led Zeppelin debuted the song at a festival in Bath, UK. Of the lyric, Plant said, "We went to Iceland, and it made you think of Vikings and big ships and John Bonham's stomach and, bang, there it was — 'Immigrant Song.'" A noted tidbit: "hammer of the gods" is from this lyric.

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“Promiscuous”

Nelly Furtado with Timbaland | 2006

This club-oriented single featuring Timbaland, who produced Nelly Furtado's third album, Loose, was Furtado’s sexy return after the Canadian singer's exploration of her Portuguese heritage on Folklore. "In the studio, initially I didn’t know if I could do it, 'cause Timbaland wrote that chorus," Furtado said. "I'm like, 'That's cool, but I don't know if I'm ready to do full-out club.'" The flirty lyrics are a dance between a guy and girl, each knowing they will end up in bed together but still playing the game. "Tim and I called it 'The BlackBerry Song,' she said, "because everything we say in the song you could text-message to somebody."

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