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“End of the Road”

Boyz II Men | 1992

Boyz II Men recorded this Babyface/L.A. Reid lament for the Eddie Murphy movie Boomerang, and while recording "End of the Road," they became overwhelmed by emotion. "Guys were, like, crying and everything in the studio," Shawn Stockman of the Philadelphia-based R&B group, said. "Each time we played it and sang it, we got more and more into it," but fellow Boys member Wanya Morris felt there was divinity in the track. "It had to be the Lord that brought us that song and said, 'Here you go, Boyz II Men, here's something to help you blow up,'" he said.

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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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