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NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 15: Nancy Wilson (L) and Ann Wilson of Heart perform onstage at the Elton John AIDS Foundation's 12th Annual An Enduring Vision Benefit at Cipriani Wall Street on October 15, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)

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Heart: “Barracuda”

The Hook: Not their kind of guy.

Album: Little Queen

Year: 1977

Writers: Ann Wilson, Nancy Wilson, Michael DeRosier and Roger Fisher

Stats: Peaked at number-11 on the Billboard Hot 100.

The Background: By the time Heart released their second album, Little Queen — which was really the third album they’d recorded — they’d seen enough of the music business to know what, and who, they didn’t like. Ann Wilson explains how that led then to write “Barracuda.”

Heart’s Ann Wilson on why they wrote “Barracuda.” OC:…of person. :29

“‘Barracuda’ was written about a guy we knew early on who was a real schmooze artist, one of the stereotype record guys with the big cigar. I guess we have a history of writing about those guys, ’cause they really rub us the wrong way. And we were new into the industry and we hadn’t been worn down yet, so we were still really uptight about these guys. And this guy was just going along in his life – minding his own business, being a real schmuck. But we had to write about him, ’cause he really made us mad. He kind of stands for a type of person.”

Heart Barracuda (1977)