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“Nick of Time”

Bonnie Raitt | 1989

The title song of Bonnie Raitt's huge hit 1989 album sympathetically details the pain many women feel of running out of time for both having children and finding love. Though it wasn't a huge hit single, the track won a Grammy award for Raitt as the best female vocal pop performance of the year. When it was cited in a Rolling Stone interview as a song that made a big impact and asked why she didn't write more, Raitt responded, "It's a combination of a lack of confidence, lack of trying and having really high standards."

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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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