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“Edge of Glory”

Lady Gaga | 2009

Lady Gaga included this song on her multiplatinum-selling album Born This Way, and she knew, even as she was writing it (while doing tequila shots with her father after the death of her grandfather), that she wanted a Bruce Springsteen feel to the track. So when she hit the studio, she called upon Clarence Clemons, who was eager to show off his skills. "I almost got a ticket I drove so fast," the longtime E Street Band sax man recalled to Rolling Stone about getting the call from Lady Gaga. "It was wild. I was so excited. I'm a Gaga-ite."

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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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