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“Sweet Baby James”

James Taylor | 1970

After a stint in a mental hospital and an ongoing battle with heroin addiction, James Taylor returned to his family's home on Martha's Vineyard, seeking their help. "It just may be possible that we can't find anything more comfortable than the time that we had as a family," he told Rolling Stone. Around that time his brother Alex--a former band mate who also taught Taylor how to sing--had a baby, who he named James. In return, Taylor wrote this "cowboy lullaby," as he's called it, for his new nephew.

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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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