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“Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds”

The Beatles | 1967

It’s the quintessential Sixties acid song; the title’s words even spell out “L-S-D.” But John Lennon, who had always been candid about his use of mind-altering chemicals during the making of Sgt. Pepper, never relented from his claim that the song’s true and only inspiration was a picture his four-year-old son, Julian, painted of a classmate named Lucy O’Donnell. "I swear to God or swear to Mao or to anybody you like, I had no idea it spelled LSD," Lennon told Rolling Stone.

Find out what fellow British rock icon John Lennon singles out for praise in his final interview.
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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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