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“The End”

The Doors | 1967

A gentleman harboring an Oedipus complex was not a common theme in 1960s rock. But Jim Morrison was not your average lyricist, as evidenced by "The End." "It's about a man who inadvertently killed his father and married his mother," Morrison told Rolling Stone. "But to tell you the truth, every time I hear that song, it means something else to me. I really don't know what I was trying to say. It just started out as a simple goodbye song." "The End" would enjoy a second life in 1979 when it appeared in the opening and closing scenes of Francis Ford Coppola's Vietnam film Apocalypse Now.

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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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