You Dropped a Bomb on Me

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"You Dropped a Bomb on Me"
Single by The Gap Band
from the album Gap Band IV
B-side "Humpin'" (from The Gap Band III)
"Early in the Morning" (Germany)
Released August 1982
Format 7", 12"
Recorded 1981
Genre Electrofunk
Length 4:05 (Single Version)
5:13 (12" Single Edit)
13:07 (Special Disco Mix)
Label Total Experience
Writer(s) Lonnie Simmons, Rudy Taylor, Charlie Wilson
Producer(s) Lonnie Simmons
The Gap Band singles chronology
"Early in the Morning"
"You Dropped a Bomb on Me"

"You Dropped a Bomb on Me" is an electrofunk song performed by The Gap Band, released in 1982 on producer Lonnie Simmons' label, Total Experience Records. It reached #2 on the Billboard R&B charts, #39 on the dance charts and #31 on the Billboard Hot 100.[1] The song is noted for its use of a synthesizer to imitate the whistling sound of a bomb being dropped.

In the aftermath of the September 11 attacks, the song was one of those named on the 2001 Clear Channel memorandum of 'lyrically questionable' songs.


The song has been heavily used in media and hip-hop sampling[2]


  • "Big Apple Production Vol. 1" by Ser & Duff (1982)
  • "Special Bulletin" by The News Crew (1986)
  • "Purple Pills" by D-12 (2001)
  • "In Step" by Girl Talk (2008)

Use in media[edit]

Use at sporting events[edit]

The song is occasionally played at AT&T Park in San Francisco , California when a Giants player hits a home run .


  1. ^ "The Gap Band > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-03-16. 
  2. ^ "The Gap Band Music Sampled by Others". WhoSampled. 2010-08-17. Retrieved 2012-03-16. 

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