The 100 Best Songs of The Complex Decade

63. Missy Elliott "Work It" (2002)

Producer: Timbaland, Missy Elliott
Album: Under Constructions


Missy Elliott knew how to get down. On this Timbaland-produced single, the inspiration comes straight from the old school, turning the retro sounds of the 90s to a futuristic banger for 2002. Many trends started in this record – like the vocal reverse – that appeared in her later albums.

It also got the slang term "badonkadonk" to blow up with the mainstream. But even if its ten years later, this duo of Missy and Timbo were always able to get the funky and cool grooves right. “Work It” ended up being Missy's most successful single to date.

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