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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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“Bird on a Wire”

Leonard Cohen | 1969

While living on the Greek island of Hydra, Cohen was battling a lingering depression when his girlfriend handed him a guitar and suggested he play something. After spotting a bird on a telephone wire, Cohen wrote this prayer-like song of guilt. First recorded by Judy Collins, it would be performed numerous times by artists incuding Johnny Cash, Joe Cocker and Rita Coolidge. "I'm always knocked out when I hear my songs covered or used in some situation," Cohen told Rolling Stone. "I've never gotten over the fact that people out there like my music."

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