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There was a time of pop stars wearing metallic jackets and bucket hats. But details like those were inconsequential to preteen and teenage you. It didn't matter that boy band members couldn't find shirts that fit, or that Usher was wearing an eye patch.
There were abs as far as the eye could see. Janet Jackson was doing something amazing with her hips. And all the lyrics were just explicit enough for you to feel like you might get in trouble with your parents if you sung them out loud.
So, take a moment to remember the first time your eyes felt glued to the TV screen by a music video. And however embarrassing the first video you fell in love with seems now, remember: It could be worse. In 20 years, women will be looking back on fond memories of crushing on Justin Bieber.
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Divinyls, "I Touch Myself"
The video itself is pretty tame, though Divinyls lead singer Chrissy Amphlett appears in pretty filters. But she is singing about pleasuring herself to the thought of her S.O. What's sexier than that?
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Yes, you know all the words, but do you remember the music video? "Creep" propelled TLC to sex-symbol status thanks to T-Boz's sultry vocals, those silky pajamas, and the group's sick abs.
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Toni Braxton, "You're Makin' Me High"
Toni Braxton always had a deep sultry voice, but in "You're Makin' Me High" she said goodbye to sad love songs and hello to sexiness. The only thing hotter than the song are all the hot guys who pop up for ladies night.
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Jennifer Lopez, "If You Had My Love"
In 1997, Jennifer Lopez launched her solo career with this video. It's equal parts creepy and sexy. People watch J.Lo in her home while she showers, dances in miniskirts, and stares longingly into the camera.
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Janet Jackson, "If"
The only thing sexier than the lyrics to "If" is the dance routine Janet performs on stage at a secret underground night club full of people wishing she were their girl.