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No one in the '90s did angry ex-lover quite like Melissa Etheridge. That deep, raspy voice has a bluesy vibe that meshes so well with her her guitar and hard lyrics. Every song is full of longing or anger. Melissa was a woman scorned — and we loved it.
The first time you heard "You Oughta Know," you could feel it. And what did you feel? Unfiltered, haunting RAGE. The entire Jagged Little Pill album sent shivers down your spine. But with lyrics like, "Would she go down on you in a theatre?" and, "Are you thinking of me when you f--- her?" Alanis Morissette pushed boundaries, and taught an entire generation of young women that it is your absolute right to be unapologetically angry.
Honestly, Tracy Chapman was serving up bluesy, emo, angsty realness before the '90s. But "Give Me One Reason" came out in 1995, and it's yet another example of Chapman's ability to express frustration and hurt with just her voice. And what a voice — bordering on androgynous and switching between soulful and folksy.
She only had one hit — but it was one hell of a hit. With "Bitch," Meredith Brooks tells the world to straight up deal with the fact that there is no single "type" of woman, or single face that a woman wears. By the way, Brooks saying "I do not feel ashamed" is one of the best sentiments from the song.
Back in the '90s, Courtney Love was in a little band called Hole. You may have heard of it? They were kick-ass women taking on the male-dominated alternative rock landscape. "Violet" is just one of many tracks that showcase the angry beauty of Hole. "Go on, take everything / Take everything / I want you to," Courtney Love screams into the mic — and it's epic.