67 Best Party Songs For Adults Ever

Top Party Songs For Adults

When the kids are away, the parents come out and play.

Whether you've yet to embark on your parenting journey or you've got a babysitter on speed dial, there's no denying a party rocks harder when the kiddos stay home.

Keep reading for the best party songs for adults.


“M.I.L.F.$” by Fergie

Song year: 2016

Former Black Eyed Peas singer Fergie gets adult on her single “M.I.L.F.$.” While the acronym usually stands for something a little more tawdry, the singer claims she means it as “mothers I'd like to follow.”

Whatever she meant, this song's beat is club-worthy, and its lyrics are provocative. “M.I.L.F.$” is sure to please every adult at the party.

“You Shook Me All Night Long” by AC/DC

Song year: 1980

“You Shook Me All Night Long” was the comeback single for AC/DC after their original singer died of alcohol poisoning. The song was a hit for the band and became one of their signature songs.

The song's rock and roll spirit is made dancefloor-ready by a hip-shaking beat. This ode to partying will help you go late into the night.

“Love Shack” by The B-52’s

Song year: 1989

The B-52's were kicking around in the college radio scene for over a decade before hitting the Billboard Top 40 with “Love Shack.”

The single helped make the band a household name at the decade's end and is now considered an '80s classic. The positive and party-minded ethos of the track makes it a no-brainer for any party.

“Little Red Corvette” by Prince

Song year: 1982

Prince gave us many great party anthems during his career, but few are as popular and risque as his single “Little Red Corvette.”

Using car metaphors and slight rock posturing, Prince details the experience of a one-night stand. This one might be too much to explain to the kids, but adults love its sensual mid-tempo groove.

“WAP” by Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion

Song year: 2020

There's innuendo, and then there's Cardi B's “WAP.” Trading verses with Megan Thee Stallion, the song's hypersexual content is the epitome of NSFW, but on the dance floor, it's fair game.

This song's light trap beat and provocative rhymes are classic hip-hop, but the women are running this show. When the dancefloor is heating up, this song will put it over the top.

“Let’s Talk About Sex” by Salt-N-Pepa

Song year: 1991

Salt-N-Peppa had an international hit with their sex-positive hip hop single “Let's Talk About Sex.”

This throwback jam is a great conversation starter and an essential track in the rap canon. But if your kids aren't ready for the “birds and the bees,” keep this one on the adults-only party playlist.

“Just Dance” by Lady Gaga ft. Colby O’Donis

Song year: 2008

Lady Gaga's first single, “Just Dance,” catapulted her to international fame. The song was an international chart-topper and rocked every radio station and dance club across the globe.

The track is a no-frills call to the excesses of partying. Lady Gaga wants you drunk on the dancefloor, and with a beat like this, no one could deny her.

“Milkshake” by Kelis

Song year: 2003

The Neptunes' trademark production style is all over Kelis' “Milkshake.” The minimalist beat and buzzing synthesizers create a suggestive sonic backdrop which Kelis uses to great effect with her milkshake metaphor.

This song is a dancefloor bump and grinder. Its playful metaphors and pulsing rhythms will liven up any adult-themed party.

“Naughty Girl” by Beyonce

Song year: 2004

With its Middle Eastern sound and suggestive lyrics, Beyonce took great strides to shed her teen image on the sensual single, “Naughty Girl.”

Beyonce won praise for the song's mature themes and her convincing vocal performance, drawing comparisons to disco diva Donna Summer. The single would chart globally, performing particularly well on the dance charts.

“Super Freak” by Rick James

Song year: 1981

Rick James' “Super Freak” is a dancefloor anthem that invites everyone to let their freak flag fly. The disco-inspired new wave song is not bashful about its intentions or adult themes, making it a lustful celebration of sexuality.

The single was thrust into the spotlight a second time after MC Hammer sampled it for the '90s hip hop hit “U Can't Touch This.”

“Tik Tok” by Kesha

Song year: 2009

Kesha was inspired to write her hit single “Tik Tok” after one morning when she woke up from a night out surrounded by beautiful women. Imagining P. Diddy would often find himself in such a situation, she wrote the song's iconic first line.

The electropop party anthem would top the charts in eleven countries and cement Kesha as a rising voice in the pop world.

“Shots” by LMFAO ft. Lil Jon

Song year: 2009

Perrenial party rockers LMFAO teamed up with crunk rapper Lil Jon for their iconic '00s drinking anthem, “Shots.”

There is nothing subtle about this single, which is why it sold millions of copies. Instead of a polite salutation, LMFAO made it acceptable to scream your desire for inebriation with the rest of the club.

“The Humpty Dance” by Digital Underground

Song year: 1990

A defining song of hip hop's golden era, Digital Underground's “The Humpty Dance” might have that innocent-sounding '80s rap style, but it's a classic tale of braggadocious libido.

The group's funky tale of conquest and getting busy is now regarded as one of the best hip hop songs ever. “The Humpty Dance” is sure to funk the party up.

“California Gurls” by Katy Perry ft. Snoop Dogg

Song year: 2010

After the wild success of Jay Z and Alicia Keys' “Empire State of Mind,” Katy Perry decided that it was time California had a modern anthem. The result, “California Gurls,” took the world by storm.

With Golden State icon Snoop Dogg in tow, the song's homage to the sunshine sensuality of California topped every imaginable chart and sold millions of records.

“(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party)” by Beastie Boys

Song year: 1987

The party anthem to end all party anthems, the Beastie Boys' “(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party)” has something for everyone.

From the heavy metal guitar riff of the verses to the instantly catchy sing-along chorus, this '80s hip hop classic is full of a crude attitude that celebrates vices.

“In Da Club” by 50 Cent

Song year: 2003

50 Cent's “In Da Club” signaled a changing of the guard for hip hop in the early '00s. The debut single from Eminem's protege topped the charts globally and became the signature club song of the decade.

The song's production, courtesy of Dr. Dre, is irresistibly catchy and highlights the choppy flow of 50 Cent.

“Hands To Myself” by Selena Gomez

Song year: 2016

Selena Gomez delivers a sultry vocal performance on her lusty single “Hands to Myself.” The electropop dance song would be another in a string of top ten hits for Gomez.

The song was an irresistibly catchy signal that the former teen star was maturing before our eyes and had fully aged out of the tween market.

“Baby Got Back” by Sir Mix-A-Lot

Song year: 1992

Sir Mix-a-Lot's ode to booty, “Baby Got Back,” struck a big nerve with America. The single topped the Billboard charts and became one of the most iconic rap tracks of the early '90s.

Despite the song's mature subject matter, it has become ingrained in pop culture. The track is also sampled by Nicki Minaj in her equally as suggestive “Anaconda.”

“Hips Don’t Lie” by Shakira ft. Wyclef Jean

Song year: 2006

Shakira topped the charts in 18 countries with her Latin dance-pop single “Hips Don't Lie.” The song would be Shakira's biggest American hit, with songwriting assistance from the Fugees' Wyclef Jean.

The track takes the usual bump and grind sensuality of the dance floor and livens it up with its world music beat, making it a great addition to any dance party.

“This Is How We Do It” by Montell Jordan

Song year: 1995

The '90s saw soul music and hip hop converge like never before. The result was a style all its own called new jack swing.

 Montell Jordan was one of the biggest names in new jack swing, and his song “This Is How We Do It” became one of the genre's signature songs. It has never failed to get people on the dancefloor.

“Get Lucky” by Daft Punk ft. Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers

Song year: 2013

Disco legend Nile Rodgers and singer-producer Pharrell Williams joined forces with robot-themed electronic dance duo Daft Punk for their dancefloor anthem “Get Lucky.”

The chorus' catchy sexual innuendo became a smash hit across the globe, topping dozens of nation's pop charts. The updated disco sound of “Get Lucky” will get any party sweating along in no time.

“We Can’t Stop” by Miley Cyrus

Song year: 2013

When Miley Cyrus sang “Party in the U.S.A.,” she was still shaking the Hannah Montana teen-star image. By the time she released her single “We Can't Stop,” Cyrus had fully embraced her coming-of-age experience.

The electro-pop single is fraught with images of drugs and sex – making it a far cry from Cyrus' Disney Channel past.

“I’m a Slave 4 U” by Britney Spears

Song year: 2001

“I'm a Slave 4 U” was Britney Spears' signal to the masses that the covert sexuality the singer had cultivated with her schoolgirl image was now full-grown and on full display.

The song's rhythm comes courtesy of the '00s production duo The Neptunes. Their trademark Eastern-inspired minimalism showcases the song's raw sensuality.

“Honky Tonk Badonkadonk” by Trace Adkins

Song year: 2005

By using the tropes and techniques of hip hop and electropop, country artist Trace Adkins scored a crossover hit with “Honkey Tonk Badonkadonk.”

The song is the country music response to Sir Mix-a-Lot's “Baby Got Back.” It just goes to show that the universal and timeless appeal of the song's subject matter will always be dancefloor-ready.

“Pony” by Ginuwine

Song year: 1996

Ginuwine's “Pony” was a smash R&B hit and the first mainstream recognition of producer Timbaland, who would work on some of the biggest hits of the '90s and '00s.

The soulful groove is deep in the pocket, sounding rhythmic and lustful with its vocoder vocal samples creating the hook. Putting the song over the top is Ginuwine's risque metaphors about equestrianism.

“Gonna Make You Sweat” by C+C Music Factory

Song year: 1990

C+C Music Factory topped the pop and dance Billboard charts with their hip hop-dance mashup “Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now).”

C+C Music Factory was not joking when they said they would make you sweat. The song's diva-inspired vocal hook and electric guitar sample are immediately recognizable and make the track a favorite for the dancefloor.

“Thong Song” by Sisqo

Song year: 2000

Platinum-haired rapper Sisqo gave the '00s a Sir Mix-a-Lot-esque ode to lingerie in his R&B single “The Thong Song.”

While thongs might come in and out of fashion, the memorable chorus and music video of “The Thong Song” have made it synonymous with the beginning of the Millenium and a favorite for throwback dance parties.

“Poison” by Bel Biv DeVoe

Song year: 1990

Bell Biv DeVoe's debut single, “Poison,” would become a defining track of the new jack swing era of R&B as well as a precursor to the boy band era that would dominate the end of the decade.

The song's edgy lyrics and danceable beat have kept this track a party anthem three decades after its release.

“Can’t Feel My Face” by The Weeknd

Song year: 2015

The Weeknd's “Can't Feel My Face” is a disco-inspired electrofunk single that made the artist a household name. The single's sound is reminiscent of Michael Jackson, and its catchy familiarity topped pop charts across the world.

The song is an obvious allusion to drug use, making it a little risque for kids' consumption. But adults won't be able to resist it.

“Dancing With Myself” by Billy Idol

Song year: 1981

Billy Idol initially released his '80s new wave classic “Dancing with Myself” with his punk band, Generation X. After starting a solo career, he re-released the track as his debut single.

Idol's edgy looks and provocative lyrics would help build a bridge between the punk of the late '70s and the new wave sound of the '80s.

“Anaconda” by Nicki Minaj

Song year: 2014

Nicki Minaj recorded “Anaconda” as the female response to Sir Mix-a-Lot's “Baby Got Back.” She even went so far as to sample Mix-a-Lot in her recording.

With a trap beat behind her, Minaj's lightning-fast flow takes delight in its scandalous content. The song walks a tight rope between empowerment and raw sexuality – and Nicki Minaj revels in the balancing act.

“Celebration” by Kool & The Gang

Song year: 1980

Kool & the Gang kicked off the '80s with one last classic disco song in their Billboard chart-topping single, “Celebrate.”

The song is a joyful blast of horns and sing-along vocals that is irresistible. Few parties are complete without hearing this classic disco track, making it the soundtrack to millions of people's best memories.

“I Love It” by Kanye West & Lil Pump ft. Adele Givens

Song year: 2018

Kanye West and Lil Pump get dirty on the single “I Love It.” The song is not safe for work or anywhere near children, but it's a dance-ready trap hit that adults will love on the dancefloor.

West has gone on record saying that he regrets recording the track, so you know this one is dirty.

“Nasty” by Janet Jackson

Song year: 1986

Janet Jackson took an experience of being harassed on the streets and turned it into a tale of female empowerment in her single “Nasty.”

With its quirky instrumentation and new jack swing beat, the single was a hit for Jackson and signaled that this teen idol was transitioning into more mature artistic waters.

“Rehab” by Amy Winehouse

Song year: 2006

The first single off her classic album Back to Black, Amy Winehouse's track “Rehab” set the tone for her attitude during her highly scrutinized public struggles with addiction.

The song's classic soul-inspired horns and Winehouse's impassioned performance make this dark song about giving in to vices an instant classic of modern R&B.

“Hey Ya!” by Outkast

Song year: 2003

Outkast's pop crossover hit “Hey Ya!” is such a ubiquitous dance track from the '00s that everyone sings along and shakes a polaroid picture when it comes on.

Often missed in this song is the anti-marriage sentiment in the lyrics. Andre 3000 is not interested in staying together for tradition, making this the catchiest defense of misogamy ever.

“Whip It” by Devo

Song year: 1980

Quirky new wave art-rock group Devo caused a stir with their first hit single, “Whip It.”

The band faced accusations of sexually suggestive themes surrounding the song, aided by the repetitive directive of the chorus and the oblique lyrics of the verses. Nonsense or not, “Whip It” will get you on the floor.

“Don’t You Want Me” by The Human League

Song year: 1981

The Human League's synthpop single “Don't You Want Me” topped the charts in the early '80s, on its way to becoming one of the highest-selling singles in the history of the UK.

The boy-girl duet has become synonymous with new wave music through its buoyant rhythms capturing the decade's unique brand of synthesizer sensuality.

“Get Ur Freak On” by Missy Elliott

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Song year: 2001

Missy Elliott wrote what Rolling Stone named one of the best songs ever with her new Millennium anthem to letting your freak flag fly, “Get Ur Freak On.”

The song's Eastern-inspired instrumentation would become commonplace as hip hop evolved during the '00s, no doubt inspired by the success of Elliott and her freaky single.

“Hot In Herre” by Nelly

Song year: 2002

Nelly's first number one hit, “Hot in Herre,” is a dancefloor-ready hip-hop single full of steamy sexual innuendo and classic Neptunes production.

Despite the risque nature of the song, it would garner Nelly a Grammy Award. The song remains a staple at dance parties, though its adult themes make it slightly not safe for work.

“SexyBack” by Justin Timberlake ft. Timbaland

Song year: 2006

Justin Timberlake took inspiration from Prince and David Bowie with his art-rock-inspired approach to his single “SexyBack.” The experimentation worked as the song became his first solo chart-topper.

Over a bubbling drum machine beat and distorted synthesizers, Timberlake uses S&M imagery to paint a picture of deviant desire disguised as a dancefloor hit.

“He Was a Big Freak” by Betty Davis

Song year: 1974

It doesn't get grittier or funkier than Betty Davis. Her album They Say I'm Different is a funk classic but failed to make a mark commercially.

Davis' “He Was a Big Freak” is unabashedly sexual, taking the listener through a litany of sexual fetishes her ex-lover used to love. This song is sure to turn every head at the party.

“All About That Bass” by Meghan Trainor

Song year: 2014

Meghan Trainor's retro-influenced bubblegum pop single “All About That Bass” is an empowering celebration of bigger-sized bodies. Trainor wrote the song from her experience struggling with body image.

The song's mix of standup bass, handclaps, and hip hop beats give it an immediately danceable quality the public loved. “All About That Bass” topped the charts in over a dozen countries.

“I Touch Myself” by Divinyls

Song year: 1990

The Divinyls ode to self-pleasure, “I Touch Myself,” doesn't take any pains to cloak its theme in metaphors or allusions. Instead, this Australian rock band uses their steamy guitar licks and sultry vocals to celebrate their sexuality.

While its tempo is slightly slower, this song is hot enough to turn up any party.

“Tainted Love” by Soft Cell

Song year: 1981

“Tainted Love” was first recorded as a soul song by Gloria Jones in 1964. Though the single wasn't commercially successful, British DJs kept the track alive through extensive play in clubs.

By the early '80s, Soft Cell took a stab at “Tainted Love,” this time with great commercial success. Their slightly slower, synthesizer-heavy version is now synonymous with new wave music.

“Like A Virgin” by Madonna

Song year: 1984

A bubbling synthesizer bassline and risque metaphor took Madonna to the top of the charts with the single “Like a Virgin.”

The song signaled the beginning of what would become Madonna's career-long flirtation with breaking sexual mores while flirting with increasingly sexual imagery. This attitude helped make not only one of the biggest artists of the '90s but a pop icon.

“The Bad Touch” by Bloodhound Gang

Song year: 1999

The American alternative rock group Bloodhound Gang scored a bonafide euro-pop hit with their Darwinian take on human sexuality, “The Bad Touch.” The song hit number one in 8 different European countries while also charting highly in Australia, the UK, and America.

The song's disco beat and plainspoken sexual wordplay make it worthy of any adult-themed party.

“Brick House” by The Commodores

Song year: 1977

The Commodores came across their classic funk single “Brick House” accidentally. After an equipment malfunction in the studio, the band started jamming on what eventually became the now-ubiquitous song.

Later, a band member's wife would wake up in the middle of the night with the idea for the song title. The rest is history.

“Hotel Room Service” by Pitbull

Song year: 2009

Pitbull's sexually charged single “Hotel Room Service” is all about getting lucky in a rented room. The rapper uses iconic lines from Jay-Z, Sugarhill Gang, and Notorious B.I.G. to simultaneously create an homage to hip hop and sexuality.

Because of its frank portraits of sexual behavior,  “Hotel Room Service” is best left to the playlists of adult parties.

“No Diggity” by Blackstreet ft. Dr. Dre & Queen Pen

Song year: 1996

Taking the strut of new jack swing and injecting a harder-hitting hip hop beat, Blackstreet and Dr. Dre topped the charts with their single “No Diggity.”

The song's tale of sex and money sold millions of copies and garnered Blackstreet a Grammy Award. Rolling Stone named “No Diggity” one of the 500 best songs ever in 2021.

“Save A Horse (Ride A Cowboy)” by Big & Rich

Song year: 2004

Country music duo Big & Rich combined rock and rap with their western sound for the thinly veiled sexual innuendo of their single “Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy).”

The song's catchy banjo and rocking guitars will get any country-inclined audience moving their hips, and the cheeky lyrics are sexual but in an approachable and goofy way.

“Le Freak” by Chic

Song year: 1978

Disco classic “Le Freak” was composed by members of Chic after they weren't allowed entry into the famed '70s nightclub Studio 54.

The song's original intent was as a middle finger to the bouncer that denied them access to the club, complete with very NSFW material. After smoothing out some of the edges, “Le Freak” became a Studio 54 hit.

“Whoomp! (There It Is)” by Tag Team

Song year: 1993

Early '90s Atlanta-based hip hop duo Tag Team scored a massive hit with their infectious ode to positive partying “Whoomp! (There It Is).”

The phrase was popular slang in southern dance clubs in the '90s, so the song was already well-positioned for success on the dancefloor. Tag Team would never replicate the song's success, but it remains a part of pop culture thirty years later.

“I’m Too Sexy” by Right Said Fred

Song year: 1991

Right Said Fred scored an international dance-pop number one single with  the single “I'm Too Sexy.”

The song's overt sexuality is playful and cheeky in its self-awareness. Written by former gym owners, the track's references to modeling are in jest. The song's music video inspired a catwalk-style dance to emerge in clubs around the world.

“F*** U Betta” by Neon Hitch

Song year: 2012

British singer Neon Hitch doesn't pull any punches in her X-rated dance-pop single “F*** U Betta.” Neon Hitch wrote the track after her boyfriend left her for a model, inspiring her to compose the claim of sexual prowess as her parting shot.

Despite its tawdry subject matter and language, the track topped the Billboard dance charts – even placing at number 29 on the Top 40.

“Pour Some Sugar On Me” by Def Leppard

Song year: 1988

English rockers Def Leppard were almost finished with their album Hysteria, but their producer thought it lacked a crossover hit. After hearing singer Joe Elliott jamming on a new riff, the band decided to shape it into a pop hit, and “Pour Some Sugar On Me” was born.

With its towering guitar riff and vaguely provocative lyrics, the song has become a classic of the hair metal era.

“Cherry Pie” by Warrant

Song year: 1990

Inspired by Def Leppard's “Pour Some Sugar On Me,” Warrant recorded their own version of a sexually sweet song with their single “Cherry Pie.”

The anthemic, sing-along chorus of the song is infectious and considered a highlight of the hair metal era. Though Warrant would never recapture the success of “Cherry Pie,” their on-the-nose sexual romp remains a crowd-pleaser.

“Genie In A Bottle” by Christina Aguilera

Song year: 1999

While former Mickey Mouse Club star Christina Aguilera would go on to a wildly successful career as an R&B singer, the teen-pop single “Genie in a Bottle” was the first hit for the singer.

Though marketed to teens, the song has an overtly sexual theme of rubbing the singer like a genie bottle. It's a fun and dance-worthy track best left for nostalgic adults.

“Take It Off” by The Donnas

Song year: 2002

In the male-dominated and often misogynistic world of rock and roll, The Donnas' declaration of powerful female sexuality in their single “Take It Off” feels refreshingly edgy.

The punk-inspired group would find moderate success on the rock charts with the single. It's time to give this girl-powered rock and roll attack a second life at your next raucous party.

“Do You Wanna Touch Me (Oh Yeah)” By Joan Jett  & The Blackhearts

Song year: 1982

Former Runaways singer Joan Jett strips away all pretense on her single “Do You Wanna Touch Me (Oh Yeah).” This glam-rock cover is full-on sexually suggestive, and its stomps and handclaps beg for dancing.

The track would crack the charts internationally and continue Joan Jett & the Blackhearts' reputation as one of the hardest rocking bands of the '80s.

“I Love It” by Icona Pop ft. Charli XCX

Song year: 2012

Initially, Icona Pop's “I Love It” was only supposed to be released in Sweden. But after music bloggers started spreading the track through the online community, the carefree breakup anthem blew up internationally.

This dance party staple was written by Charli XCX, making it her first major hit and signaling the beginning of her '10s stardom.

“I Want Your Sex” by George Michael

Song year: 1987

George Michael wrote his dance-pop hit “I Want Your Sex” two months after his group Wham! dissolved. The song was created entirely in the studio by recording different keyboards to achieve a modern dance feel.

Lyrically, the song was risque for its time. Certain stations refused to play the track or only play it after dark.

“Turn Down For What” by DJ Snake and Lil Jon

Song year: 2013

DJ Snake and Lil John hit EDM gold with their party anthem “Turn Down for What.” Along with its viral music video, the song became a cultural phenomenon as its title became part of the English language lexicon.

The song is a complete embrace of excessive party culture amplified by its aggressive electronic production and rapping. Its energy is a welcomed addition to any party playlist.

“Physical” by Olivia Newton-John

Song year: 1981

It's hard to imagine now, but Olivia Newton-John started her career as a clean-cut country-pop star. All that would change after her smash pop hit, “Physical.”

The song's suggestive lyrics signaled a coming out for Newton-John as a mature and sensual popstar. Though some radio markets banned the song, it still managed to top the Billboard charts for a staggering ten weeks.

“Wannabe” by Spice Girls

Song year: 1996

The Spice Girls took over the world in the '90s with their unique British aesthetic and girl-power message. Their signature song “Wannabe” is pure pop bliss, showcasing the group's femininity and power without sacrificing their feminist message.

“Wannabe” was a number one hit internationally, selling millions of records and signaling the beginning of the '90s teen pop movement.

“Watermelon Sugar” by Harry Styles

Song year: 2020

Using fruit as a metaphor for sex acts, former boy band star Harry Styles' hit single “Watermelon Sugar” signaled the beginning of a more mature musical direction for the singer.

With a soulful horn section and funk-inspired indie-pop aesthetic, Styles manages to balance the innocence of summer with playfully raw sensuality. This tightrope walk earned him a Grammy Award for the track.

“Sexual Healing” by Marvin Gaye

Song year: 1982

Marvin Gaye used a drum machine beat to update his Motown balladry on the '80s hit “Sexual Healing.” Gay wrote the song while kicking drugs in Amsterdam, inspired by the city's famous red-light district.

The song is considered one of the best songs ever and is an infallible choice for closing out an adult dance party.

Top Party Songs For Adults, Final Thoughts

From innuendos to double entendres, the best party music is full of suggestive lyrics that are not suitable for small ears. That's part of the fun of it.

So, when you're free from their little inquiring minds, it's time to turn up the volume on the freaky stuff. Now's your chance!

With our list of the best party songs for adults, you can let your freak flag fly.

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