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“How Soon Is Now? ”

The Smiths | 1985

Morrissey cribbed the opening lyrics of this track from George Eliot’s novel Middlemarch, but co-composer Johnny Marr has cited a different yet equally unlikely reference point for the music: Derek and the Dominos. “I wanted an intro that was almost as potent as 'Layla,'” the guitarist said. “When [it] plays in a club or a pub, everyone knows what it is.”

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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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