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Nostalgia Songs for Memorial Day

Listen to our playlist of memory-jogging tunes about lives and loves gone by

May 25, 2012 1:10 PM ET

Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start of summer, and a time to look forward to warm weather, cook-outs, days at the beach and cutting out of work early on Fridays. But Memorial Day is a holiday of remembrance, so it's also a chance to reflect on the past. In honor of this transitional weekend, we've created a playlist of 20 nostalgia-themed songs – including tributes to flings from Pulp, the Four Seasons, Michael Jackson, LaBelle and the Cure, memories of bygone eras from Bryan Adams and Smashing Pumpkins, a look back at the golden age of hip-hop from Del the Funky Homosapien and more. Listen on Spotify, fire up the barbecue and think of the good times.

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“Whoomp! (There It Is)”

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Cecil Glenn — a.k.a., "D.C." — was a cook at Magic City, a nude dance club in Atlanta, when he first heard women shout "Whoomp — there it is!" Inspired by the party chant, he and partner Steve "Roll'n" Gibson wrote a song around it. Undaunted by label rejections, they borrowed $2,500 from Glenn's parents and pressed 800 singles, which quickly sold out in the Atlanta area. A record deal came soon after. Glenn said the song was meant for positive partying. "If you're going to say 'Whoomp there it is,' and you're doing something negative, we'd rather it not have come out of your mouth."

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