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“Hands All Over”

Soundgarden | 1989

When "Hands All Over" was released, Soundgarden were met with some resistance, concerning the lyrics "You're gonna kill your mother." But as Kim Thayil explained to Rolling Stone, the words were taken completely out of context. "I think there was a minor protest about [the lyric] — of course, 'your mother' being a metaphor for the environment or the Earth. People flipped out about that," the Soundgarden guitarist recalled. "But I am going to go on the record now to tell everyone, 'Kill your f---ing mother!'" he added, laughing.

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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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