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“Climax”

Usher | 2012

Usher made this the debut single from his CD, "Looking for Myself." In spite of the attention-grabbing title, he insisted the song is more about relationships than a sexual experience. "When you're in a relationship and it's kinda reached the climax of where it could go, you gotta let it go if you're not gonna commit and that's what the song's about," he explained. "It's not about sex. It's about an out-of-control experience, when a person has reached the peak of that experience." Usher released the song on the internet on Valentine's Day.

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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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