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Released: August 2003

Kelis' biggest UK single was inescapable upon its release in 2003, even though it only managed to reach Number Two in the charts (where it stayed for a month). It's a lesson in classic pop subversion, because it manages to be both playfully innocent and undeniably crude at the same time. Produced and written by The Neptunes (featuring Pharrell Williams), The Dixie Cups' similarly schoolyard-esque 1965 hit 'Iko Iko' is likely an inspiration, though Kelis' confrontational, bullish dialect on 'Milkshake' lends an air of steely noughties confidence to proceedings that nearly every other female popstar of the decade would have struggled to master.

 
 

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