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“That's Entertainment”

The Jam | 1980

Paul Weller spins the mod take on the working man's blues in this list of the everyday realities that comprised life for both the blue-collar workers and restless adolescents in the U.K. circa 1980. Though never released as a British single during the Jam's lifetime, the song's realistic imagery resonated so deeply with listeners the song still reached the U.K. charts three separate times as an import or reissue. The secret to the songs powerful lyrics, according to Weller? "Coming home pissed from the pub and writing 'That's Entertainment' in 10 minutes," he said.

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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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