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“Rhiannon (Will You Ever Win)”

Fleetwood Mac | 1975

After reading a novel about a Welsh witch named Rhiannon, Stevie Nicks not only wrote this song but she also altered her stage persona, taking to wearing black outfits with chiffon lace. "I see her as a good witch. Very positive," Nicks told Rolling Stone of the song's protagonist. "I sink into that whole trip when I'm onstage." Later, as people began to believe Nicks was a sorceress herself, she stopped wearing black for about three years. "I was freaked out that somebody would come and kidnap me because I was a witch," she said.

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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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