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“The End”

The Doors | 1967

A gentleman harboring an Oedipus complex was not a common theme in 1960s rock. But Jim Morrison was not your average lyricist, as evidenced by "The End." "It's about a man who inadvertently killed his father and married his mother," Morrison told Rolling Stone. "But to tell you the truth, every time I hear that song, it means something else to me. I really don't know what I was trying to say. It just started out as a simple goodbye song." "The End" would enjoy a second life in 1979 when it appeared in the opening and closing scenes of Francis Ford Coppola's Vietnam film Apocalypse Now.

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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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