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“Why Do Fools Fall in Love”

Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers | 1956

"Fools" was a Top 10 record for these five New York teens in the Fifties, with disputes over who actually wrote the song having raged since the Eighties. But what’s certain is this: Frankie Lymon was a boy soprano with a rare gift, he improvised some of his parts, and this arrangement of the group’s signature song influenced an entire generation of vocal groups, particularly its girl singers. Diana Ross took “Why Do Fools Fall in Love” into the Top 10 again in 1981, and Ronnie Spector of the Ronettes wrote in her autobiography, “I know exactly where I got my voice. Frankie Lymon. If he hadn’t made a record called ‘Why Do Fools Fall in Love?’ I wouldn’t be sitting here writing this today.”

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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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