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“Tell 'Em”

Sleigh Bells | 2010

The firestorm of a song saw the Brooklyn-based duo experiencing two moods simultaneously. “So something like “Tell ‘Em” is preach-y without being righteous,” Derek Miller, one half of Sleigh Bells, said. “It’s like we’re disappointed but optimistic. I love that in vocalists.” Miller decided to go for a heavier sound on this particular song. “It has this intense melody on it. I was afraid to do it for so long because I had abandoned heavy drone for a few years. But it was just there, always in the background and I was just craving it.”

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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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