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“Moab”

Conor Oberst | 2008

Who hasn’t wanted to hit the road at one point to try and flee our problems? Conor Oberst certainly has, as he proclaims in this look at how a road trip can cure whatever ails you. This track from the Bright Eyes frontman's self-titled solo album is named after a resort town in Utah known for its breathtaking vistas. "So many people swear off their hometown and think they're never going back and they find themselves back there," he said, referring to his lyrics "That's someone going back/To a town they said they'd never/Yeah, they swore it on their lives."

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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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