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“Ice Ice Baby”

Vanilla Ice | 1990

Ice's flat-top hairdo, shoulder pads and phony past made it easy to mock this hip-hop tune that samples "Under Pressure" by Queen and David Bowie. But it was the first hip-hop tune to hit No. 1 on the U.S. mainstream charts. Just 16 when he co-wrote the song, years later Ice stood by his big hit. "If someone comes up to me and starts doing 'Ice Ice Baby,' 10 times out of 10 I'm going to join in," he said. Rap Mogul Suge Knight allegedly "persuaded" Ice to sign over millions of royalties from the song to him.

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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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