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Song Stories

“You Were Meant for Me”

Jewel | 1997

Jewel Kilcher was in Mexico with then-boyfriend Steve Poltz when the two songwriters came up with this song about not wanting to let go. "We were down there just surfin' together on this nice sunny day, and it was a little union of our thoughts," Poltz said. (Later that day, they found themselves assisting Mexican federales in a large pot bust on that same beach.) The more polished album version of this song was eventually replaced with a simpler one that showcased Jewel's folksy vocals. "Ultimately, if you have emotion, you can actually get away with a little less technical perfection," Jewel said.

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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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