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“Take the Skinheads Bowling”

Camper Van Beethoven | 1985

Even for a band known for quirky indie rock, Camper Van Beethoven's determination to "Take the Skinheads Bowling" made for an offbeat song, the band jovially inserting lyrics about forgetting dreams and the failure of any of the song's lines to rhyme. It reached a new audience in 2002 when Teenage Fanclub's version was used on the soundtrack of Bowling for Columbine. "It's about nothing, really," CVB's David Lowery said. "But it's one of those songs that the more you repeat the mantra the more you understand it."

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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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