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“Last Nite”

The Strokes | 2001

“Last Nite” turned the New York garage rockers into one of the most talked-about indie bands of the Aughts, helped along by the fact that the opening riff was “borrowed” from Tom Petty. “People would say, ‘You know that song “American Girl” by Tom Petty?’” Lead Stroke Julian Casablancas said. “‘Don’t you think it sounds a little like that?’ And I’d be like, ‘Yeah, we ripped it off. Where you been?’” In a 2006 Rolling Stone interview, Petty said he found it funny they admitted to the pilfering. “It doesn’t bother me,” 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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