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“Bad Moon Rising”

Creedence Clearwater Revival | 1969

Legend has it that John Fogerty wrote “Bad Moon Rising” on the day Richard Nixon was elected as president, but he refuted the notion that the song was political in nature, repeatedly stating that it was inspired by the 1941 fantasy movie The Devil and Daniel Webster. “When you’re a very tuned-in young person, you’re tied to everything that affects your generation,” he clarified. “So I think it was there, but I was more into the idea of natural phenomena and unavoidability.” Nonetheless, the song’s paranoid vibe perfectly fit the times, and it became an anthem for U.S. troops in Vietnam.

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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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