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“International Love”

Pitbull feat. Chris Brown | 2011

This Chris Brown-assisted single off Pitbull's sixth album, Planet Pit, finds the Miami MC singing in both English and Spanish about the globe's hottest spots. The scale of hotness is determined by that destination's damsels: Ladies are bombshells in Lebanon, down for threesomes in Romania, and boast "freaky big ol' boot[ies]" in Brazil. "It's all about the music being global, music being the universal language," Pitbull said. "No matter what language you may or may not speak, you speak music."

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“American Girl”

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers | 1976

It turns out that a single with "American" in its title--recorded on the Fourth of July during the nation's Bicentennial, no less--can actually sell better in Britain. Coupled with the Heartbreakers' flair for Byrds jangle and Animals hooks, though, is Tom Petty's native-Florida drawl that keeps this classic grounded at home. Petty dispelled rumors that the song was about a suicidal student, explaining that the inspiration came from when he was 25 and used to salute the highway traffic outside his apartment window. "It sounded like the ocean to me," he recalled. "That was my ocean. My Malibu. Where I heard the waves crash, but it was just the cars going by."

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