“Rape Me” by Nirvana (1993)
Kurt Cobain wrote the song while Nirvana’s landmark Nevermind record was being mixed in 1991. When it was released as the second single off of their next album In Utero, he told Spin magazine that it was conceived as a life-afferming anti-rape song. “It’s like she’s saying, ‘Rape me, go ahead, rape me, beat me. You’ll never kill me. I’ll survive this and I’m gonna fucking rape you one of these days and you won’t even know it.'”
“Love Is A Losing Game” by Amy Winehouse (2006)
This instant classic ballad from Winehouse’s unsurpassable Back To Black was the final single released in the late singer’s lifetime. Although the lush orchestration from producer Mark Ronson was undeniably gorgeous, the quiet bedroom intimacy of this demo offers even more authenticity. What’s more, it reminds us just how much we miss her.