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“Louisiana”

The Walkmen | 2006

The Walkmen have a theory about their writing "Louisiana," the lead track for their third full-length, A Hundred Miles Off: "When you listen to the album over and over again, you're not going to hate the first song," lead singer Hamilton Leithauser said. They designed "Louisisana" to be a horn-aplenty party song in the vein of the Kinks, but somewhere out there exists another version. "Then we did a dub reggae version that was a little weird," Leithauser said. "It was all King Tubby-d out. We never made it out of the studio with that one. I hope it resurfaces as a B side some day."

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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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