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“Do You Want To”

Franz Ferdinand | 2005

Alex Kapranos lifted the song from an actual conversation he had an art gallery party in Glasgow, Scotland, in December 2004. "When you're at parties, you have conversations -- well, you don't really have conversations, you have people shouting in your ear," the Franz Ferdinand lead singer said. "And when I got home, I was a wee bit drunk and I wrote down some of the funniest things [I heard]. The song came out of that." The lyric about a particular lewd act that involved a "famous friend" was also based on a conversation he had with a partygoer that night.

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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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