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“Can't You Hear Me Knocking”

The Rolling Stones | 1971

Although the first third of "Can't You Hear Me Knocking" is an elemental blues-rocker built around some of the Rolling Stones' most insistently memorable basic guitar riffs, it changes to a Latin-flavored instrumental highlighting fluid Mick Taylor guitar and jazzy saxophone by Bobby Keys. The instrumental section was an unplanned jam that the band decided to keep as part of the song after listening to the playback. "That song had such a fantastic groove going, they just left the tape running for my solo at the end," enthused Mick Taylor in MOJO.

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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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