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“I Saw Her Standing There”

The Beatles | 1963

Under the working title "Seventeen," the song that would eventually become "I Saw Her Standing There" was a staple of Beatles concerts circa 1962, when they would jam it out for minutes on end. The song's muse was Paul McCartney's lady interest, Iris Caldwell, who was indeed just 17 when they met in 1961. McCartney admits that the bass line was lifted from "I'm Talking About You" by Chuck Berry, which the Beatles often covered. "I played the exact same notes as he did," says McCartney, "and it fitted our number perfectly."

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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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