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“Sheena Is a Punk Rocker”

The Ramones | 1977

Written by Joey Ramone, this song is one of the few Ramones tunes that achieved even a tiny bit of U.S. chart success, and may or may not be the impetus for a name craze that surged in the late Seventies. "I combined Sheena, Queen of the Jungle with the primalness of punk rock," Joey told Rolling Stone. "It was funny, because all the girls changed their names to Sheena after that."

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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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