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“Stronger”

Kanye West | 2007

Originally released as a teaser on Kanye's 2007 "Can't Tell Me Nothing" mixtape, "Stronger" struck gold as West's first major international hit -- thanks to Daft Punk's 2001 single "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger." West sampled the French duo's vocals for his version, which stresses that what "don't kill me/ can only make me stronger." "I believe that my music is inspirational … The songs dial into the energy that people need at the time," West told Rolling Stone. The superstar would rely on his own lyrics when he struggled with the death of his mother in November 2007.

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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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