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] In addition to the single release the song featured on the band's 1982 album "IV". The song is noted for its use of a synthesizer to imitate the whistling sound of a dropping bomb.

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]

Use at sporting events[edit]


  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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