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“It's Too Late”

Carole King | 1970

Underpinned by rumbling piano riffs suggesting the end is near, Carole King's warning that a relationship is too late to salvage gave her a Number One hit in 1971, solidified by a chorus as jubilant as it is relieved that the game is over. King co-wrote the song with Toni Stern, who said she did her part "very fast, in a day." "I won't say who 'It's Too Late' is about," Stern added. "I don't kiss and tell."

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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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