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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 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 1981
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"
"You Dropped a Bomb on Me"
"Early in the Morning"
"You Dropped a Bomb on Me"

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.[3]



The song has been heavily used in media and hip-hop sampling[4]


  • "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)

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