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“Hands”

The Ting Tings | 2010

After a brief hiatus from their 2008 debut, We Started Nothing, the Manchester, England, duo released a one-off dance-y single tailored to the overworked. “It was the first song that kind of felt like the old Ting Tings, and we thought we would slowly build towards the other singles that will sound different,” Katie White, the Ting Tings' lead vocalist, said. “We didn’t like to capitalize the fact that everyone is down on their luck at the minute but a lot of people can connect to the lyrics — working too hard and working the grind. I think it is quite relevant.”

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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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