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Five 1920s and 1930s Songs with Risque Titles (That Aren’t NSFW, I Swear!)

So I’ve kind of been on a 1920s and 1930s kick this past summer, what with seeing The Great Gatsby remake and now reading Libba Bray’s The Diviners.  I chanced upon this lovely playlist on Spotify while at work the other day, and I’ll say that while the titles – and lyrics of some of the songs – were pretty risqué, the actual songs are very good and very safe for work.  So here’s a list of the five titles most likely to provoke a “that’s what she said” moment.

1.  Easy Rider, by Mae West.

2.  Hot Nuts (Get ‘Em from the Peanut Man) by Lil Johnson.

3. Oh!  You Have No Idea by Sophie Tucker (who is my new favorite singer right now).

4.  I Need a Little Sugar in My Bowl, by Bessie Smith.  Libba Bray used quite a few of her songs for The Diviners playlist.

5.  He’s Just My Size, by Lillie Mae Kirkman

These songs helped me get through a busy work day; they’re both smooth and not overly cacophonous and rather upbeat, so they were easy to work to. And it’s fun listening to music from this era because you get an idea of how talented a lot of these people really were. Do you have any favorite songs from this era you’d like to share?

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