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“Die With Your Boots On”

Iron Maiden | 1983

For Iron Maiden's 1983 release Piece of Mind, the British metal group was in a very war-like mood, as three songs on the album dealt with this subject: "Where Eagles Dare," "The Trooper" and "Die With Your Boots On." It turns out that for the latter tune, Bruce Dickinson borrowed the title from an old book about a regiment of Scots Guards in World War II. Dickinson explained that the title had another meaning: "If you're going to go for something, go for it," he said. "That's exactly the same attitude we have on stage and we have off stage — work hard and play hard."

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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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