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“Stand Back”

Stevie Nicks | 1983

Stevie Nicks can thank Prince and a honeymoon drive for this hit single. Hitting the road with her then-husband, Kim Anderson, to embark upon their honeymoon, Nicks heard "Little Red Corvette" on the radio, and immediately came up with the idea for "Stand Back." "I start singing all these words, and I'm like, 'Pull over, we have to get a cassette player! And we have to record this!'" Nicks recalled. Not only did Nicks give Prince half of the royalties for the inspiration for the song, he also played on the track.

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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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