Song Stories

“I'll Be Missing You”

Puff Daddy with Faith Evans | 1997

Following the death of his best friend, Christopher "the Notorious B.I.G." Wallace, Sean "Puffy" Combs took to the studio for a tribute. Fashioned from a segment of the Police song, "Every Breath You Take" and his own rap, with vocals by Smalls' widow Faith Evans and 112, and a nod to the gospel send-off "I'll Fly Away," "I'll Be Missing You" became the first rap song to enter the charts at number one. But winning Grammy, gold and platinum awards were cold comfort in light of Biggie's murder, still unresolved after 15 years. "I would rather not have this. I would do anything---I would turn the hits into negative hits if I could just be with Biggie again," said Combs at the end of his own notorious year.

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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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