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“Here Comes the Rain Again”

Eurythmics | 1983

On an overcast day in New York City, Dave Stewart began playing minor chords on a small keyboard. Sitting at a window nearby, his bandmate and then-lover Annie Lennox looked at the gray sky and spontaneously sang, "Here comes the rain again," starting this melancholy song that uses the weather as a metaphor for a sullen mood. "The whole song was about that undecided thing, like here comes depression, or here comes that downward spiral," Stewart said. "But then it goes, 'So talk to me like lovers do.'"

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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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