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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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“Nightshift”

The Commodores | 1984

The year after soul legends Marvin Gaye and Jackie Wilson died, songwriter Dennis Lambert asked members of the Commodores to give him a tape of ideas. "And the one from Walter Orange has this wonderful bass line," said co-writer Franne Golde. "Plus the lyric, 'Marvin, he was a friend of mine' ... Within 10 minutes, we had decided it should be something like a modern R&B version of 'Rock 'n' Roll Heaven,' and I just said, 'Nightshift.'" This tribute to the recently deceased musicians was the band's only hit without Lionel Richie, who had left for a solo career.

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