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“Big Girls Don't Cry”

Fergie | 2006

Described by Rolling Stone in the 100 Best Songs of 2007 as a "modern-day version of 'I Will Survive,'" this track finds Fergie declaring her independence. "It's personal, myself and I/We've got some straightenin' out to do," she sings in a song that she started writing when she left the pop trio Wild Orchid, before her days with the Black Eyed Peas. "I probably wouldn't have written those lyrics now," Fergie said in 2007. Maybe not, but she's glad she released them.

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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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