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“Stand”

Lenny Kravitz | 2011

This song's encouraging lyrics -- "Don't give up ... /You'll get on your feet again" -- apply to anyone facing adversity. However, Kravitz said, it was actually written for a specific person: a friend who had been paralyzed in an accident. "I wasn't in the country at the time with the person, and I wanted to give the person some positive words and something to just continue to listen to to help motivate them," Kravitz said. "And now, happily, a year and something later, that person is on their feet again, which is a blessing."

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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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