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10 Missy Elliott Songs That Iggy Fans Should Actually Listen To

Put that Iggy album down, flip it, and reverse to these old school tracks.

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1. "Work" → "Hit Em With Da Hee"

Iggy's moody and hypnotic debut single, "Work," has a steady beat that'll get you swaying on the dance floor. Missy Elliott's "Hit Em Wit Da Hee" is one of her dance floor jams with a slower delivery than her later hits, and the assist from Lil' Kim can't be beat.

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2. "Bounce" → "Pass That Dutch"

"Bounce" is a stadium anthem — you can even hear the produced sound of crowds screaming in the background. But nothing stands up to Missy's stadium jam "Pass That Dutch" with a thundering beat that never lets up. It will leave you out of breath on any dance floor. Don't believe me? Just ask The Plastics.

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3. "Change Your Life" → "Shake Your Pom Pom"

"Change Your Life" is an EDM banger with T.I. popping in to make it a hip-hop track. Missy blends dance anthem and hip-hop expertly in this track from Step Up 2: The Streets soundtrack.

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4. "Fancy" → "Work It"

Iggy's infectious DJ Mustard-imitating beat ruled the airwaves in 2014. It was a perfect blend of pop and hip-hop, thanks to Charli XCX. Missy did the same in 2002 when she dominated the airwaves with "Work It," which shot to #2 on the Billboard Charts. It ranked as 96th overall on the 2000's Billboard Hot 100's list (ranking songs from 2000-2009).

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5. "Problem" → "Whatcha Think About That"

If you love Iggy rapping alongside wailing chanteuse Ariana Grande, why not hear Missy put it down with FIVE wailing chanteuses? On The Pussycat Dolls' "Whatcha Think About That," Missy predicts her own Super Bowl domination by rapping "Play like Katy Perry / Kissing on girls."

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6. "No Mediocre" → "Mr. DJ"

The island drum beats in T.I.'s "No Mediocre," featuring an Iggy assist, are more hypnotic and less mediocre on Missy's dance hall jam "Mr. DJ." Lady Saw rolls in on the track to keep it authentically Jamaican and 💯.

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7. "Black Widow" → "Sock It 2 Me"

You want a song with two killer women at the top of their game with a clap-a-long beat that will shut down any dance floor? Look no further than "Sock It 2 Me" which features Da Brat in possibly the best verse of her career (Mariah Carey's "Loverboy" is a close second tho).

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8. "Booty" → "Pussycat"

Sure, you can jam to this ode to J. Lo and Iggy's butts (even though the album version with "Pitbull" is much better), or you can jam to this sexy, slithering ode to Missy's woohoo. Even better, the song ends with Missy breaking it down for people who want to shame women for singing about their sexuality: "I be representing for the ladies / And we got something to say."

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9. "Beg For It" → "All Night Long"

Iggy issues an edict to a lover that he'll have to beg for her loving on "Beg For It," with a rather dope club beat. But if you want a beat that eradicates any hope for competition look no further than Timbaland's production underrated on Demi Lovato's "All Night Long." Missy hops on the track and shuts everything down as both women tease and taunt their lovers.

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10. "Murda Bizness" → "She's a Bitch"

Iggy raps about the "Murda Bizness" from the hardened streeets of a koala habitat at the Melbourne Zoo, while Missy actually instills fear in the hearts of anyone who would step to her in this anthem for any woman who's ever been called a bitch and responded, "Yes, and?"

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CORRECTION: The year "Work It" was released is 2002. An earlier version of this item listed it as 2008. (2/3/15)

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