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“King of Anything”

Sara Bareilles | 2010

Sara Bareilles found the silver lining in an otherwise dark cloud, which inspired her to pen this song. Angered by all the people who were trying to steer her personal and professional career, the singer-songwriter turned her frustration into a Top 10 hit. "I've had more unsolicited advice on my life than I care to mention, and this was how I dealt with it," she shared. "It felt empowering to turn that frustration into music, especially a song that doesn't even sound angry." The song earned her a Grammy nomination, as well, for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.

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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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