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 is a freelance writer in New York City. He graduated from Auburn University, and his recent bylines can be found at Men's Journal, Inverse, and Grape Collective.