Four Pop Song Disses More Intriguing Than Carly Simon’s “You’re So Vain”

Published November 18, 2015
Updated January 16, 2018

2. Alanis Morissette’s “You Oughta Know”

Allegedly, Alanis Morissette wrote “You Oughta Know,” one of her biggest hits and one of the most vicious breakup songs of all time about Full House actor Dave Coulier, who she dated back in 1992. More than 20 years later, Coulier is still denying that he is the song’s subject. Instead, he is going with the theory that it is all just a “silly urban legend that I just have to laugh at.”

3. Pretty much the entire Get Behind Me Satan album by The White Stripes

This White Stripes album from 2005 is loaded with songs about lost love. And the inspiration for all those heartbroken lyrics is pretty clear: Jack White’s ex-girlfriend Renee Zellweger. The two met while filming the Civil War movie Cold Mountain, enjoyed a brief stint of passion, and then one went off to write a hit record while the other went off to marry country star Kenny Chesney (and then have the marriage annulled).

Nickolaus Hines
Nickolaus Hines graduated with a Bachelor's in journalism from Auburn University, and his writing has appeared in Men's Journal, Inverse, and VinePair.
John Kuroski
John Kuroski is the editorial director of All That's Interesting. He graduated from New York University with a degree in history, earning a place in the Phi Alpha Theta honor society for history students. An editor at All That's Interesting since 2015, his areas of interest include modern history and true crime.
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Hines, Nickolaus. "Four Pop Song Disses More Intriguing Than Carly Simon’s “You’re So Vain”.", November 18, 2015, Accessed June 16, 2024.