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“Candy-O”

The Cars | 1979

Judging by its lyrics, the title track of the Cars' second album, Candy-O, appears to be about a man smitten by a woman (as evidenced by the song's repeated line, "Candy-O, I need you so"). But the Boston-based group put forth a different theory as to meaning behind the New Wave pop song's title. When asked if the "O" in "Candy-O" stood for "Ocasek" or "Orr" — the surnames of the Cars' two singers, Ric Ocasek and Benjamin Orr — Ocasek replied, "The 'O' stands for 'obnoxious.'"

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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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