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“Men's Needs”

The Cribs | 2007

With the energetic tune "Men’s Needs," this three-piece English band takes on gender stereotypes in rock & roll. "We were a little disillusioned by the attitudes of indie bands," Cribs bassist and singer Gary Jarman said. "It seems like bands would be singing slightly misogynistic lyrics. So we just tried to flip it around." A dance-y, frantic guitar riff drives the song. In the video, the band members emasculate themselves as a nude woman objectifies them while they try to perform. "She’s the dominant force in the video," Jarman said.

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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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