5. Treat Me Like Your Mother
Album: Horehound Year: 2009
An Oedipal complex has always pervaded Jack White's lyricism, but with Dead Weather bandmate Allison Mosshart by his side, White was finally given a medium through which he could embody this maternal fascination. Though its shot through with dirty, sensual implications, "Treat Me Like Your Mother" is stripped of any heavy-handed sexual puns, instead seeing White and Mosshart take the psychoanalytic route with their message, letting one, simple line do all the work. The sheer Freudian gravity of the song's title should instantly turn us away, lest we appear perverse, but with Mosshart tugging, and then pulling, at our heartstrings, it becomes ever harder to say no.