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“Je T'Aime ... Moi Non Plus”

Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin | 1969

Serge Gainsbourg originally recorded this scandalous song, erotic moaning and all, as a duet with Brigitte Bardot. Understandably, the sultry screen star's husband strongly objected, and that version went unreleased for two decades. Remade with British actress Jane Birkin, it reached Number One in the U.K., despite (or perhaps because of) a BBC radio ban. The song was only a minor U.S. hit, but Gainsbourg proudly displayed in his home a framed copy of the Billboard chart that showed it reaching, appropriately, the Number 69 position. As for the rumor that "Je T'Aime" depicted an actual lovemaking session, Gainsbourg quipped, according to Birkin, "'Thank goodness it wasn't, otherwise I hope it would have been a long-playing record.'"

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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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