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“Back to Black”

Amy Winehouse | 2006

Much was made out of Amy Winehouse's transition from vintage jazz to a spot-on classic Motown sound on her breakthrough second album, Back to Black. This metamorphosis came about thanks to producers Mark Ronson and Salaam Remi, as well as her backing musicians, from Brooklyn's Daptone record label. While the music was backwards looking, Winehouse's lyrics were wholly and authentically modern as she balanced wounded heartbreak with modern danger-girl bravado. "Amy is bringing a rebellious spirit back to music," Ronson told Rolling Stone. "She's brutally honest in her songs."

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“Whoomp! (There It Is)”

Tag Team | 1993

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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