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“Genius of Love”

Tom Tom Club | 1981

A hybrid of frothy pop love song and deep funk, "Genius of Love" mixed heavy handclaps and high female vocals with a bit of rap, as well as whimsical lyrics that namechecked greats like Bootsy Collins and Bob Marley. Speaking in Rip It Up! Rock & Roll Rulebreakers, Talking Heads keyboardist Jerry Harrison tagged it as "one of the most sampled songs of all time, besides [James Brown's] 'Funky Drummer.'" Added Chris Frantz in the same book, "'Genius of Love' was highly influenced by the band Zapp. 'More Bounce to the Ounce,' to be specific."

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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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