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“Nuthin' but a 'G' Thang”

Dr. Dre | 1992

Against a sample of the bass line of Leon Haywood's "I Want'a Do Something Freaky to You," this 1992 smash united the rival SoCal cities Long Beach and Compton and, in the process, cemented Dre's status as a major player in music -- and also made Snoop Dogg a household name. The song's impact on pop culture was so massive that it spawned an academic tome of the same name and inspired a Glee spoof on Funny or Die 20 years after its release. "The mastermind on his working methods: 'I sit around by myself in the studio at home, push buttons and see what happens,'" Rolling Stone reported Dre as saying in naming the track one of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

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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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