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“What I Got”

Sublime | 1996

For Sublime's breakthrough ska-pop hit, "What I Got," the group utilized several well-placed samples to add some pizzazz to the tune, including bits from the song "Life Is...Too Short" by rapper Too Short, and a sample from Richard Pryor (off his album, That Nigger's Crazy). The result was a tune that drummer Bud Gaugh told the Spinner website was one of his favorite all-time Sublime tracks. "I would have to say three quintessential songs, '40oz. to Freedom,' 'What I Got' and 'Seed.' The reason why I chose those songs is because 'What I Got' is a perfect example of sampling other people's music and making it your own."

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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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