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“Wicked Game”

Chris Isaak | 1989

When he invited a certain woman to his place, Isaak told Rolling Stone, he regretted the decision before he hung up the phone. "It was one of those things where they call,' they say, 'I'm comin' over.' You know you shouldn't, but you let 'em." Before the woman arrived, he wrote this sexy song about not wanting to fall for her. (Once she arrived, "we didn't do much guitar playing," he added.) An Atlanta DJ who'd heard an instrumental version in the movie "Wild at Heart" began playing the original on air, the first step in the song's top ten journey.

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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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