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Along with <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB003355" title="OutKast (music group)" href="/topic/entertainment/music/outkast-%28music-group%29-PECLB003355.topic">OutKast</a>'s "Hey Ya!" this was quite possibly the most ubiquitous song of the decade. Rapper Cee Lo Green, working with hot producer Danger Mouse, was remade into a soul singer, and the resulting sounds of the single are all over the place.<br>
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Lyrically, this is a paranoid freak-out, but also a bit aggressive. Musically, it's vintage, but with plenty of modern touches. Crazy? No doubt, but even more chaotic. If there was a sound to the decade, this was it.

( Liz O. Baylen / Los Angeles Times )

Along with OutKast's "Hey Ya!" this was quite possibly the most ubiquitous song of the decade. Rapper Cee Lo Green, working with hot producer Danger Mouse, was remade into a soul singer, and the resulting sounds of the single are all over the place.

Lyrically, this is a paranoid freak-out, but also a bit aggressive. Musically, it's vintage, but with plenty of modern touches. Crazy? No doubt, but even more chaotic. If there was a sound to the decade, this was it.

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