1984 saw the release of breakout song "Smooth Operator" by sultry songstress Sade. After rotation on Top 40, adult contemporary, and alternative radio stations, the Nigeria native instantly became renowned for her silky vocals and lounge-style, sometimes erotic, mood music. Everything about this song is, in fact, smooth -- from the title to its lyrical content, about an international playboy, to the instrumentation, particularly the Latin-style percussion and lusty saxophone line that wafts throughout. Such words as "His eyes are like angels, but his heart is cold/no need to ask, he's a smooth operator" capture the essence of the song, which served as a launching pad for the many hits that were to come by the singer. In a year that was dominated by synth pop music, "Smooth Operator" offered up something different and became a surprise hit that helped pave the way for future vocalists of the same ilk. The early 21st century's Dido, for example, who layers velvety vocals over moody electronic-pop music, owes a bit of thanks to Sade. "Smooth Operator" made such an impact on the music industry that, decades later, the song is still heard on the radio. Its blend of international flavor, fluid sound, and overall seductive tone keep this song firmly positioned as one of music's most creative recordings.