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“Now That You're Gone”

Sheryl Crow | 2008

"That's not about Lance," Sheryl Crow told Rolling Stone, referring to her ex, Lance Armstrong. "I dedicate that one to Karl Rove." But while Crow was writing politically charged tunes at the time, this one -- written after her breakup with the Tour de France champion cyclist -- is pretty clearly about a failed relationship. While the song asserts, "Now that you're gone, I can breathe," another track from the album countered, "I can't stand all this freedom." Crow, who had also recently battled breast cancer, said the music helped her avoid getting bogged down by painful feelings.

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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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