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“We Will Rock You”

Queen | 1977

After a frenzied Queen gig on May 29, 1977 at New Bingley Hall in Stafford, England, guitarist Brian May was inspired to pen an anthem about rocking out at a concert. "I think I'd gone to sleep thinking, 'Well, what can an audience do?' They're all crammed in there, they can't do much – but they can stamp their feet, clap their hands, and they can sing. So I woke up with 'We Will Rock You' in my head." Queen would often perform the song twice at concerts – as a sped-up set-opener, and later with the better-known arrangement.

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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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