You Dropped a Bomb on Me

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"You Dropped a Bomb on Me"
You Dropped a Bomb on Me by The Gap Band US 12-inch vinyl A-side.jpg
A-side label of U.S. 12-inch vinyl release
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] In addition to the single release, the song was featured on the band's 1982 album IV.

A notable feature of the song is its use of a synthesizer to imitate the whistling sound of a bomb dropping. This is first heard immediately before the first verse, and throughout the song from the fourth chorus onward.

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.[2]


The song has been heavily used in media and hip-hop sampling[3]


  • "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]

  • The song featured on the fictional radio station Bounce FM in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.
  • Featured as background music for an commercial for Animal Planet, "danced" to by various species of monkey.
  • Featured in the film Next Friday (2000)
  • Featured in the film Brooklyn Rules
  • Featured in an episode of Everybody Hates Chris ("Everybody Hates James") set in 1986.
  • The song is referenced in an episode for Mr. Show "Operation: Hell on Earth"
  • The song is played during Ben Greenwood's section in the Liquid Force's "The Truth" wakeboarding free-ride movie
  • An instrumental version of the song is frequently used as bumper music on "The Rush Limbaugh Show"
  • Jordan, Jesse, GO! host Jesse Thorn uses this track as his "power jam" when he needs to get hyped.
  • The song is featured in an episode of The Carrie Diaries
  • Featured in an episode of Cold Case
  • Featured in an advertisement for Minute Maid Drops, as "You Dropped the Juice on Me." (2014)
  • Featured in the video game Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare in the "Zombies in Spaceland" game mode.

Use at sporting events[edit]

  • The song was played at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium after every touchdown pass by Mark Brunell of the Jacksonville Jaguars
  • It is occasionally played at Citi Field after the New York Mets hit a home run
  • The song is played at McKethan Stadium in Gainesville, FL every time a University of Florida player hits a home run
  • The song is played at Reynolds Stadium in Stillwater, OK every time an Oklahoma State player hits a home run
  • The song is the first song that the Southlake Carroll Dragons warm up to before every home football game.
  • The song is frequently played in the Oklahoma Bethany Broncos Football Stadium
  • The song is played by The Dale and Holley Show on 850 WEEI when they "blow up" callers
  • The song is played when the prize parachutes are dropped at Nationwide Arena for Columbus Blue Jackets games.
  • The song is played at HSBC Arena in Buffalo, NY when Buffalo Bandits player Cory Bomberry scores a goal
  • This song was played at Citizens Bank Park when Phillies outfielder Pat Burrell hit a home run.
  • Whenever the Memphis Grizzlies have a huge play in the 4th quarter at FedExForum, they play this song.
  • The song was frequently played during Kansas City Royals games at Kauffman Stadium during the 1980s and 1990s.
  • The song is occasionally played at AT&T Park in San Francisco, California, when a Giants player hits a home run.
  • The song was used for an infamous music video for the Pro Wrestling tag team The Fabulous Ones during their time in the Memphis Territory in the early to mid 1980's.


  1. ^ "The Gap Band > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-03-16. 
  2. ^ Foege, Alec (14 April 2009). Right of the Dial: The Rise of Clear Channel and the Fall of Commercial Radio. Faber & Faber. p. 164. ISBN 978-1-4299-2367-5. 
  3. ^ "The Gap Band Music Sampled by Others". WhoSampled. 2010-08-17. Retrieved 2012-03-16. 

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