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“The Zoo”

Scorpions | 1980

Certainly the Scorpions weren't the first to refer to New York City's 42nd Street as a zoo, but they did turn their experiences walking through the city into this metal hit about craving the nightlife and finding it on the streets. The song became one of their trademark tracks and was covered by fellow metal hero Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson. All Music called the song a Scorpions "classic."

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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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