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“Love Me Do”

The Beatles | 1964

One of the first songs that Paul McCartney and John Lennon ever wrote together was "Love Me Do." As McCartney recounted in The Beatles Anthology book, "We did 'Love Me Do' and 'I Saw Her Standing There' and got the basis of a partnership going. One of us would come up with an idea and then it would seesaw. So there was a mild competitiveness in that we were ricocheting our ideas." "Love Me Do" was the Beatles' first-ever single, released on October 5, 1962 in England (with Ringo Starr on drums), and nearly a year and a half later Stateside (with Andy White on drums).

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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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