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“Ignition (Remix)”

R. Kelly | 2003

Robert Sylvester Kelly can pack more sexual innuendo into a song than just about anyone. Appearing on the soundtrack to Love Don't Cost a Thing and on his 2003 album Chocolate Factory, he's on the comeback trail here with one of his most popular songs in years. Contrary to the title, this is not a remix, Kelly added "-Remix" to the title to avoid confusion with another song with the same title on Chocolate Factory. Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt made huge waves on the Internet when he did a singer-songwriter version of the song while playing acoustic guitar.

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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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