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Def Leppard | 1987

The last single released from Def Leppard's mega-selling Hysteria - "Rocket" - paid tribute to all of the glam rock artists that influenced Leppard early on (David Bowie, Elton John, Queen, etc.). But it turns out that it was a tribal drum beat from an obscure composition by Mike Steiphenson that got "Rocket" off the ground. "I'd been to this sauna, and I'd met this girl who had a tape, of a band called 'Burundi Black,' and this was playing," Leppard singer Joe Elliott recalls. "And the rhythm of it just got me going, to the point that she'd be talking away, and I was like not even hearing a word. All I could hear was this [sings drum part]."

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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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