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“Bad to the Bone”

George Thorogood | 1982

Although George Thorogood was noted for his takes on old blues tunes, he penned this one himself (though obviously influenced by songs like Bo Diddley's "I'm a Man" and the Muddy Waters tune "Mannish Boy.") In movies, this guitar-heavy song about a heart-breaking alpha male is often played in scenes where someone is preparing to kick butt. But Thorogood insisted the song's character was pure fiction. "Let's face it: Nobody's bad to the bone, except for maybe Errol Flynn, James Bond -- fantasy people that Hollywood created -- and that's what that thing is all about," he said.

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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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