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    Gwen Stefani - "Hollaback Girl"

    Disses: Courtney Love

    As she worked to complete her first solo album, Gwen Stefani found herself in the studio with super producer Pharrell, discussing what the album lacked--there was no "attitude song." In searching for inspiration, Stefani turned to a quote from Courtney Love she recalled reading: "Being famous is just like being in high school. But I'm not interested in being the cheerleader. I'm not interested in being Gwen Stefani. She's the cheerleader, and I'm out in the smoker shed."

    Stefani responded in a 2005 interview with NME: "Y'know someone one time called me a cheerleader, negatively, and I've never been a cheerleader. So I was, like, 'OK, fuck you. You want me to be a cheerleader? Well, I will be one then. And I'll rule the whole world, just you watch me.'"

    The sound of saying fuck you to Courtney Love and marching to rule the whole world? "Hollaback Girl," which climbed all the way to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 and cemented Stefani (at least for a time) as marquee solo act.