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“Time of the Season”

The Zombies | 1968

A breathy Colin Blunstone vocal, a typically haunting Zombies melody, adroit Rod Argent electric keyboards, and a lyric announcing the season for loving was at hand became the group's third and last big hit. By the time it made #3 in 1969, however, the band had broken up, a fake unauthorized Zombies touring the US in their absence. As he remembered in the liner notes to Time of the Zombies, Blunstone almost had Argent sing it when Rod asked him to change his vocal delivery, "but in the end, I did sing it, and I'm pretty glad I did."

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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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