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“Ridin'”

Chamillionaire | 2005

Chamillionaire's tour bus — featuring a large picture of his face on the side — was driving through Oklahoma when police pulled the driver over, then searched the bus using narcotics dogs. "They tore the bus apart," said Chamillionaire, noting that they found nothing. Although no arrests were made, he was still angered by the stop, so he wrote this song about police trying to catch him "ridin' dirty." "Somebody had to speak on it," he said. "There are cops who be racially profiling." Chamillionaire says he was honored by "Weird Al" Yankovic's parody version, "White and Nerdy."

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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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