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“What You Want”

Evanescence | 2011

After taking a well-deserved break from music to enjoy married life, Amy Lee reconvened with her bandmates to write the follow-up to 2007 The Open Door. What became the title track and first single from their third album was written with bassist Tim McCord and guitarist Terry Balsamo at Lee's house in New York. "I was just doodling around on the piano and the guys were like, 'Do that. Whatever you just did, that's an awesome melody,'" she said, adding that the song is about freedom. Beck's father, David Campbell, did the string 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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