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“Hands”

The Ting Tings | 2010

After a brief hiatus from their 2008 debut, We Started Nothing, the Manchester, England, duo released a one-off dance-y single tailored to the overworked. “It was the first song that kind of felt like the old Ting Tings, and we thought we would slowly build towards the other singles that will sound different,” Katie White, the Ting Tings' lead vocalist, said. “We didn’t like to capitalize the fact that everyone is down on their luck at the minute but a lot of people can connect to the lyrics — working too hard and working the grind. I think it is quite relevant.”

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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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