6. Boots and Boys – Kesha (2010)
“I think it’s time that I mention, I’ve got myself an obsession, for the smell, for the touch,” sings Kesha in her steamy dance song “Boots and Boys”, from her 2010 debut album Animal. We couldn’t agree more about the appeal of pairing boots and man booty as a source of elation. Who doesn’t like a pair of boots, with their sturdy construction and the powerful step they give to your walk? Chelsea, military, biker or riding, all give us an immense sense of pleasure, especially when there is a hot young thing kissing them. ‘Boots and boys. They bring me so much joy. I wear ’em both so pretty as I walk in the city.’ We are sure you do, Kesha. If you’re in Shanghai on October 4, make sure to drop by Shanghai Grand Stage to watch the songstress perform.
7. Tom Ford – Jay-Z (2013)
Who needs drugs when you can get high on expensive, super-swag clothing? That’s the message of Jay-Z’s tribute to designer Tom Ford: ‘Spent all my euros on tuxes and weird clothes. I don’t pop molly, I rock Tom Ford. International, bring back the Concorde. Numbers don’t lie, check the scoreboard. Tom Ford, Tom Ford.’ There really isn’t a better fashion role model than Ford, a man who embodies class, taste and sophistication. He singlehandedly revitilised Gucci after its slump and has gone on to expand his eponymous brand, in the process becoming the sort of superstar designer the music community respects. After hearing the song, though, the designer grimaced at all the attention he received, with a crowd of 60,000 cheering his name. ‘It was very strange,’ Ford said in an interview on CNBC.
8. F*** Me Pumps – Amy Winehouse (2003)
It’s always real talk when it comes to the late Amy Winehouse. Her music takes us on a visceral, hectic, emotional rollercoaster that’s either extremely dark or, in this case, cheeky. ‘When you walk in the bar and you dressed like a star, rockin’ your f*** me pumps,’ she sings in the first verse of this song, from her debut album Frank. ‘You should have known from the jump, that you always get dumped, so dust off your f*** me pumps,’ Winehouse muses at the end, reflecting on the cyclical nature of dating and how it motivates women to strap on a pair of glorious heels. Because if you’re going to be dragged through mayhem anyway, you might as well look good.
9. Fashion! – Lady Gaga (2013)
Lady Gaga is synonymous with fashion. Her provocative and sometimes outlandish looks – though she’s pulled it back recently – were as important as her music in making her an international superstar. Her uncompromising attitude made it cool to be on the edgier side of fashion. So it’s no surprise she’s released more than a few songs paying homage to an industry that has shown her so much love. Our favourite is ‘Fashion!’ from her 2013 album Artpop, because it seamlessly combines dubstep, galactic electro and disco into a beat that slays the ballroom. ‘Look at me now! I feel on top of the world in my Fashion! Looking good and feeling fine.’ Check out her latest single, ‘Perfect Illusion’, which is scheduled for release in September.
10. Suit & Tie – Justin Timberlake ft. Jay-Z (2013)
This funky dance tune by JT is all about owning the night in nothing more than a suit and tie. It’s a tried and tested combination that we’ve seen work for James Bond every time. ‘And as long as I got my suit and tie, I’ma leave it all on the floor tonight,’ Timberlake sings. Make sure you get your bespoke suit right away – and take a look at our tips on how to wear it.