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“Romance”

Wild Flag | 2011

On “Romance,” this indie-rock supergroup, comprising members of Sleater-Kinney, Helium and the Minders, employs all their tools: raucous guitar riffs, background "gang: vocals, bouncy drum fills -- they’re all on display in this upbeat romp. "That’s why people call them 'power trios,' because everything’s firing at once,” Carrie Brownstein said. "It really helps the dynamic, and I think it helps songs build, and it allows them to deconstruct in the middle of the song, too.”

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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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