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“Midnight Rider”

The Allman Brothers Band | 1970

This brooding blues-rock ballad is despairing even by the standards of on-the-run road songs, finding the singer down to his last silver dollar, wearing clothes he doesn't even own. Co-written by Gregg Allman with Allman Brothers roadie Kim Payne, "Midnight Rider" became a hit in the early 1970s for both Joe Cocker and, as a solo recording, Gregg Allman himself. According to Allman, it wasn't written about a specific person but "seemed like the type of thing you'd listen to when you're traveling – I've always kind of dug that."

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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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