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“Wish You Were Here”

Pink Floyd | 1975

The tragic downfall of Syd Barrett following the former Pink Floyd guitarist's descent into drug-induced madness haunts the band’s 1975 album Wish You Were Here. Written by Roger Waters and David Gilmour, the title track is an ode to their fallen comrade. Eerily, Barrett showed up out of the blue at Abbey Road Studios during the recording of this song in such rough shape that no one recognized him at first. “He stood up and said, ‘Right, when do I put my guitar on?’” keyboardist Rick Wright told Rolling Stone. “And we said, ‘Sorry, Syd, the guitar’s all done.’”

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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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