People love songs laced with some sexual innuendo–whether they realize it or not. When I was seven, jamming to B*Witched’s “C’est La Vie” at Discovery Zone, I didn’t quite grasp “Do you play with the girls, play with the boys? Do you ever get lonely playing with your toys?” or “I’ll show you mine if you show me yours.” And let’s not even talk about all the huffing, puffing, and blowing in the pre-chorus. Songs that are a little dirty (not Christina Aguilera “dirrty”) tend to do well. Some of the most memorable pop songs are the ones that sound like confectionary treats, but aren’t actual so sweet. In honor of Flo Rida’s summer smash “Whistle,” check out some of the best pseudo-naughty singles below.
“Whistle” Flo Rida
A strong contender for number one one the Hot 100 next week, Flo Rida’s “Whistle” is currently carrying the torch for songs that are just a bit cheeky. When he’s politely asking for someone to blow his whistle, I don’t think he means the kind you wear around your neck.
“Glad You Came” The Wanted
Boybands have a long history of lyrics that make you go, “Is that what they really mean?” It’s genius for their demographic. It gives their young female fans something to ponder at sleepovers and share with their friends like dirty little secrets. The Wanted continued that tradition with their breakout hit. They’re glad you came… to the party, of course.
One of the world’s greatest unsolved mystery is Kelis’ “Milkshake.” While no one knows exactly what Kelis is referring to, we know it’s naughty. Take a look (and listen, I guess) and decide for yourself.
“Liquid Dreams” O-Town
I remember watching this video on TRL and having no idea why they were dancing in a CGI water tunnel and singing about “liquid” dreams. I get it now.
“…Baby One More Time” Britney Spears
What exactly does 16-year-old Britney, dressed in her Catholic school girl uniform, want you to hit? It’s one of the most memorable debut singles ever, but it’s meaning is still a bit unclear. Maybe the ellipsis in the title say it all…