#58 – Gwen Stefani feat. Akon – “The Sweet Escape” – (2006)

Gwen Stefani has come a long way from her ska roots. This track was from her second solo album and you can argue about what styles this song dives into but you have to agree that it’s just straight-up pop. It hit #2 on the Hot 100 but was (and still is) a mainstay in the Adult Contemporary realm. What shines here are not only Gwen’s vocals, but Akon’s “Woohoo, yeehoo”s that punctuate the song. Akon is featured on the song, but that’s all he does (besides co-write it). Everyone knows that part, even if they don’t know the song.

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