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“She Works Hard for the Money”

Donna Summer | 1983

While attending a Grammy party at the swank Chasen's restaurant in Hollywood, Summer entered the restroom, where she encountered a sleeping washroom attendant. When Summer asked why she was so tired, the woman, Onetta Johnson, told her she worked two jobs (the other as a waitress). "And my first thought was 'God, she works hard for her money, that lady," Summer said. She wrote that line down on a piece of toilet paper to remember, then got to work on the song at home 20 minutes later. The back cover of Summer's She Works Hard for the Money album features Johnson with Summer.

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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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