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    18 Facts About Old School Songs That Sound Fake, But Are True

    IDK about you, but I'd pay good money to see a movie based on "Sk8er Boi."

    1. Justin Timberlake co-wrote and sang on the Black Eyed Peas song, "Where is The Love."

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    Justin's record company didn't want the single to distract people from his new solo career so he wasn't credited or identified in the promos, but he came up with the hook, and you can definitely hear him on the single.

    2. TLC turned down "...Baby One More Time" because they didn't feel that the lyric "hit me" represented the band appropriately.

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    T-Boz told MTV that the hook felt wrong for the group, saying: "No disrespect to Britney. It’s good for her. But was I going to say ‘hit me, baby, one more time’? Hell no!"

    3. Paramount Pictures bought the rights to "Sk8ter Boi" with plans to make it into a feature film.

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    He was a boy, she was a girl... The story basically writes itself, so I'm not sure why this didn't make it onto the silver screen. They still have the rights to it though, so it could still happen!

    4. Ben Affleck was in the video for "Jenny from the Block," and he credits it as his one regret.

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    Yep, before he was in Gone Girl, he was rubbing and kissing his then girlfriend Jlo's butt, which he said made him look like a "petulant fool." Lol.

    5. In the "We Belong Together" video, Mariah Carey wore the wedding dress she wore when she married Tommy Mottola.

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    She married Tommy in 1993, and they separated in '97, after a fraught marriage. She revealed that she actually wanted to burn the gigantic dress in the 2005 music video, but changed her mind.

    6. Michelle and Farah didn't sing on the recorded version of "Say My Name," and the former Destiny's Child members, LeToya and LaTavia, found out they had been replaced when the video was released.

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    LaTavia Roberson and LeToya Luckett, who had been with the group since the Girls Tyme days had been accusing management of not paying them properly. They were then replaced by Michelle and Farrah, but the original vocals remained.

    7. Outkast's "Ms. Jackson" is actually an open letter and apology to Erykah Badu's mum.

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    Andre 3000, who has a son with Erykah, wrote the song to her mum as a way to apologise after their breakup. On the Rap Radar podcast, Erykah revealed that her mum loved it, saying: "How did my mama feel? Baby, she bought herself a ‘Ms. Jackson’ licence plate, She had the mug, she had the ink pen, she had the headband, everything."

    8. Beyoncé isn't wearing a plain white tank top in the "Crazy in Love" video, she's actually got on a silver sequined vest.

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    It would seem that the our eyes were decieved, or our TVs just weren't HD enough, but in BTS photos it's clear to see that that's not a plain ole tank.

    9. Kesha is in the video for Katy Perry's "I Kissed a Girl."

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    Katy and Kesh might have a strained relationship now, but in '08 they seemed pretty friendly – you can spot young Kesha dancing around in the back of KP's debut single.

    10. Lily Allen's song "Alfie" is about Alfie Allen, AKA Theon Greyjoy.

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    She told her little brother to get off his lazy arse and get a job, and well, he did exactly that. He was cast in Game of Throne's in 2011, and hasn't looked back.

    11. JLo's "Get Right" was reworked from a song originally written and recorded by Usher.

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    Usher wrote and recorded the song "Ride" with Rich Harrison, but it didn't end up on the Confessions album. Harrison then "reworked" the song for JLo, but they're very similar, which led to Usher seeking a publishing credit.

    12. "Wonderwall" by Oasis was originally called "Wishing Stone."

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    Noel wrote the track but gave it to his brother to sing, and it shares its name with a '60s psychedelic film that has a soundtrack from Beatle George Harrison.

    13. And Blink-182's "What's My Age Again" was originally "Peter Pan Syndrome."

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    The people at Blink's label encouraged them to change it because they thought the reference was too obscure (Peter Pan Syndrome is a term to describe someone who refuses to act like an adult).

    14. "All Star" wasn't originally meant to be used for Shrek and was almost cut from the opening sequence.

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    "All Star" had already been on radios for two years, and was only used in Shrek as a placeholder while they tried to track down the perfect song. But when they played the opening sequence to the CEO of Dreamworks, he loved it and suggested they kept it in, which was a good choice, because I can't imagine a world where Shrek and "All Star" don't go hand in hand.

    15. And the original lyrics were a lot darker than the ones we know and love – "only shooting stars break the mould" replaced "wave bye-bye to your soul."

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    Crossing that line out was a good choice, I'm sure you'll agree.

    16. Eminem didn't ask Dido for permission before sampling her song on "Stan," he just went ahead and sent her the finished version.

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    The iconic chorus was taken from the British singer-songwriter's song "Thank You," but Em didn't go down the traditional collab route. Dido got a letter out of the blue which said: "We like your album, we've used this track. Hope you don't mind, and hope you like it." She played the song, and the rest is history!

    17. "Gangster's Paradise" doesn't have any swear words in it because Stevie Wonder made Coolio remove them.

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    The hit samples Stevie Wonder's "Pastime Paradise," but the legend had to be convinced before he agreed to let Coolio use it – he didn't sign off on it until he removed all of the profanity.

    18. And finally, Kurt Cobain accidentally named "Smells like Teen Spirit" after a girl's deodorant.

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    Kurt named the song after his friend, Kathleen Hanna, wrote "Kurt Smells Like Teen Spirit" on his wall. After the song was released, he revealed that he didn't realise Teen Spirit was the name of a deodorant, and thought she had written an anti-establishment motto on the wall.

    What's your favourite old school music fact? Tell us in the comments!