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“Rump Shaker”

Wreckx-N-Effect | 1992

Wreckx-N-Effect are best known for this paean to the posterior, which features the classic refrain "All I want to do/Is zoom-a-zoom-zoom-zoom in a boom-boom." Rumors have floated around that a young, pre-Neptunes Pharrell Williams actually produced the song, but actual producer Ty Fyffe laid that to rest. "Me and [Teddy Riley] are the only producers that did that song," he explained. "A lot of people got credit ... shouts out to Pharrell; he was down with the camp back in the day. But he really didn't produce 'Rumpshaker.' No disrespect; Pharrell's a genius ... But he only wrote Ted's rap."

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“Money For Nothing”

Dire Straits | 1984

Mark Knopfler wrote this song with Sting, and it wasn’t without controversy. The Dire Straits frontman's original lyric used the word “faggot” to describe a singer who got their “money for nothing and their chicks for free.” Even though the slur was edited out in many versions, the band, and Knopfler, still took plenty of criticism for the term. “I got an objection from the editor of a gay newspaper in London--he actually said it was below the belt,” Knopfler told Rolling Stone. Still, "Money For Nothing," undoubtedly augmented by its innovative early computer-animated video, stayed at Number One for three weeks.

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