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"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.[2] In addition to the single release, the song was featured on the band's 1982 album Gap Band IV.

"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 1982
Genre Electrofunk, synth-funk[1]
Length 4:05 (Single Version)
5:13 (12" Single Edit)
13:07 (Special Disco Mix)
Label Total Experience
Songwriter(s) Lonnie Simmons, Rudy Taylor, Charlie Wilson
Producer(s) Lonnie Simmons
The Gap Band singles chronology
"Early in the Morning"
(1982)
"You Dropped a Bomb on Me"
(1982)
"Outstanding"
(1983)
"Early in the Morning"
(1982)
"You Dropped a Bomb on Me"
(1982)
"Outstanding"
(1983)

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, also Timpani & Bass drum rolls.

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.[3]

The song is featured in a Walmart Christmas holiday television commercial which started airing in October 2017.[4]

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