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Song Stories

“I Don't Want to Wait”

Paula Cole | 1998

A former cheerleader, prom queen and backup singer for Peter Gabriel, Cole had a lot to be happy about in the late Nineties. But this living-for-the-moment song was inspired by a sobering time in her life — a final visit with her grandfather in Massachusetts. "I went home to Rockport that summer ... about a week after I arrived, he died," she said. "So that song has his spirit in it." Though Cole has said she really isn't a fan of television, this song was a guaranteed hit once it was chosen as the theme for Dawson's Creek.

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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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