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“When You Were Young”

The Killers | 2006

The Killers' take on Bruce Springsteen, the song was reportedly influenced by "Born To Run," also found the Vegas band reaching for decidedly more adult subject matter, namely romanticizing the past when one finds heartache in adulthood. The theme was reflected in the video, inspired by Mexican director Carlos Reygadas. The song was a breakthrough for the Killers in a number of ways, earning two Grammy nominations, top 10 success and as RS wrote in 2006, "The hard-rocking hit showed the Killers could rock without glitz and eyeliner."

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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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