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“All By Myself”

Eric Carmen | 1976

1976 seemed to be the year of rockers showing their gentle side - Kiss with "Beth," Alice Cooper with "I Never Cry," and Eric Carmen with "All By Myself." The latter tune was Carmen's first single since splitting from the Raspberries - but still had roots to his previous band. "I wrote 'All By Myself' when I was still in the Raspberries. But I don't think I ever intended it to be a 'Berries song…One night I was sitting in the living room of my Cleveland apartment, which was furnished with essentially a piano and a couple of chairs. I remember playing the first four bars of that little piano interlude in the middle of what became 'All by Myself.'" The song has subsequently been covered by other artists - the most successful being Celine Dion's 1996 version.

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“You Oughta Know”

Alanis Morissette | 1995

This blunt, bitter breakup song -- famous for its line "Would she go down on you in a theater?" -- was long rumored to be about Alanis Morissette getting dumped by Full House actor Dave Coulier. But while she never confirmed it was about him (Coulier himself says it is, however), she insisted the song wasn't all about scorn. "By no means is this record just a sexual, angry record," she told Rolling Stone. "The song wasn't written for the sake of revenge. It was written for the sake of release. I'm actually a pretty rational, calm person."

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