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“Upside Down”

Diana Ross | 1980

After an absence of almost five years from the Top Ten, Diana Ross reasserted her superstardom with a vengeance on the chart-topping "Upside Down," whose irregular thumping rhythms and lusty vocals bridged funk and disco. The track was written and produced by Bernard Edwards and Nile Rodgers of Chic, though Ross had the album from which it came remixed to make her vocals more prominent. "I was furious and got on the phone right away and called Motown," Rodgers said. "Then I had to say, 'Hey! I know where they're coming from. I understand what they're doing.'"

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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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