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“Somebody That I Used to Know”

Gotye | 2011

This breakthrough track has rounded out the top 5 of Billboard's Hot 100 charts, been covered on Glee, and endorsed on Twitter by Katy Perry and Ashton Kutcher. But Belgian-born, Australian-raised Gotye sees it as a far cry from the buzzed-about songs of his contemporaries. "It's so soft by comparison," he told Rolling Stone. "But maybe that's a good thing, because you need to turn it up." Cranking the volume reveals a lightly guitar-plucked, xylophone-plinked track about a failed relationship, where both Gotye and female guest Kimbra get to tell their sides of the story.

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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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