When it comes to doing something romantic for your partner, is there anything that comes close to writing a song about them? It would be able to comfort you in your darkest times, and hopefully always be a reminder that you are loved and appreciated. The only downfall is that to get this particular advantage, you probably need to be dating someone who is awfully famous. Good luck tracking them down for a good cuddle with their busy schedules. Perhaps, it is not shocking that celebrities often date other famous people because at least they’ll be understanding of their schedules.
There is no shortage of amazing love songs out there that were written about other celebrities, or about the important people in their lives. Yet for every love song out there, there is definitely an amazing amount of sass in the music world. We all know some of the more famous call-out songs, but there are also some that you may not know about, or are just from a few decades ago so you never took the time to look into the inspiration, but that’s why we’re here!
Below you’ll find 10 songs that are inspired or written about another celebrity. So, if you are sitting at home wondering if anyone else hates Miley Cyrus, you’re about to find out that you are not alone!
10. “Dirty Laundry”: Kelly Rowland About Beyoncé
You are not be the only person in the world who loves to jam out to some Destiny’s Child. While Kelly Rowland did not have a career that reached the success of Beyoncé’s, she was still able to create music and came out with “Dirty Laundry”. The song talks about her relationship with Beyoncé, but Rowland talks about the growth that she has experienced as a person. Rowland has stated: “What matters to me most right now is what we have. I love her and Michelle more than anything. They mean the world to me. I’m so grateful for what we have as sisters away from Destiny’s Child.”
9. “Don’t”: Ed Sheeran About Ellie Goulding
Part of the struggles of being a musician is that you are often going to be dating other musicians and when they break your heart, it can lead to some musical inspiration. While many fans of Sheeran may know, casual fans may not have made the connection that “Don’t” is about fellow musician Ellie Goulding, who Sheeran says cheated on him. The song is not shy with details such as “And never saw him as a threat,/’Til you disappeared with him to have sex of course.”
What does Ed think of the song? Ed admitted: “I guess. I got over the anger the moment I wrote the song. That’s the end of it. I’m grateful I could get a song out of it, to be honest.”
8. “Innocent”: Taylor Swift About Kanye
Did you know that Taylor Swift loves to write songs about the men in her life? She does it, A LOT, but at least this example isn’t someone with whom she had a romantic past. Swift wrote and released “Innocent” which came off of her 3rd album, Speak Now. The song was allegedly written in response to the controversy that happened at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards when she was interrupted on stage by Kanye West. The song didn’t blow up for Swift, but I am sure it still felt good to get it off her chest. Perhaps fittingly, she sang the song the following year at the MTV VMAs.
7. “My Favorite Mistake”: Sheryl Crow About Eric Clapton
Sherly Crow has been creating music for decades. It’s only natural that when you are going through life in a spotlight anything you write or do will be analyzed by the public. When Crow released “My Favorite Mistake”, her first single off of her 3rd album, people were quick to speculate that the song was about fellow musician Eric Clapton. The song talks about a man who ends up cheating on Crow, hardly a positive thing for your image!
When asked about it, Crow said: “There will be just so much speculation, and because of that there’s great safety and protection in the fact that people will be guessing so many different people and I’m the only person who will ever really know. I’m really private about who I’ve had relationships with, and I don’t talk about them in the press. I don’t even really talk about them with the people around me.”
I guess everyone is entitled to their secrets!
6. “How Do You Sleep”: John Lennon About Paul McCartney
The Beatles were one of the most influential groups of all time, yet their breakup was a public affair and disappointed fans, so there should be no shock that when the musicians did some individual work, there were some digs thrown. McCartney attacked Lennon in the song “Too Many People”, which Lennon took offense to and fired back with “How Do You Sleep”. The song for Lennon came out in 1971 off of his album Imagine and included scathing lines such as, “Those freaks was right when they said you was dead.” This referred to the hoax that McCartney had died and been replaced.
5. “Candle In The Wind”: Elton John About Marilyn Monroe And Princess Diana
When “Candle in the Wind” first came out, it was done in tribute to Marilyn Monroe. This shouldn’t be all too shocking, as the opening lines to the song are “Goodbye Norma Jeane”. For those who don’t know, Norma Jeane was Monroe’s real name. What is interesting is the mindset behind the song. It was co-written by Bernie Taupin who stated:
“The idea of fame or youth or somebody being cut short in the prime of their life. The song could have been about James Dean, it could have been about Montgomery Clift, it could have been about Jim Morrison… how we glamorize death, how we immortalize people.”
I suppose they just liked how the name Norma Jeane sounded! The song was re-released as a tribute to Princess Diana in 1997, after she tragically passed away. This furthered the appeal with audiences.
4. “WTF”: Missy Elliot About Miley Cyrus
Whether you love or hate her, at the very least Missy Elliot is never afraid to make a statement. Her music video “WTF” was her first in seven years, but it was still enough to excite Elliot’s fan base. The song also features Pharell Williams. The film gained further popularity when people started to infer that the song was about Miley Cyrus. The lines in particular that stand out to fans are:
“The dance you doing is dumb
How they do where you from
Stickin’ out your tongue girl
But you know you’re too young
A bunch of girls do it and the shit looks fun
That’s how they do it where we from
You know it don’t start till one
That’s how they do it where they from”
Given Miley’s inability to keep her tongue in her mouth, it’s at least a fair guess on the fans’ part!
3. “Layla”: Eric Clapton About Pattie Boyd (Wife Of George Harrison)
When it comes to love songs, you may not think of rock legends as being the ones behind them, but such was the case when Clapton laid down some serious ass-kicking with “Layla”. The song may rock, but it is about his unrequited love for Pattie Boyd, who was then the wife of George Harrison. Talk about awkward! Clapton talked about how he “originally wrote ‘Layla’ as a ballad, with lyrics describing his unrequited love for Boyd, but the song became a ‘rocker’ when Allman (another musician) reportedly composed the song’s signature riff”. If the song is already awkward for the concept, I can only imagine how much more awkward it would have been without the rock element. To make things even more fun, Boyd ended up getting married to Clapton in 1979 (9 years after the song was released). Boyd may not be famous in her own right, but you better believe Eric Clapton and George Harrison are well known!
2. “Everytime”: Britney Spears About Justin Timberlake
Everyone knows that Justin Timberlake had a high profile relationship with Britney Spears that ended in 2002 after three years together. To make things even more public, Timberlake released “Cry Me A River” which had a music video featuring a Spears look-a-like and her cheating on Justin. The song was clearly a dig at Spears, and as a result, she fired back with “Everytime”, which came out in 2004 off of her 4th studio album.
The song was written alongside Annet Artani, who was one of Spears’ backing vocalists.
“Everytime” was written in large part as a response to “Cry Me a River” as well as various radio interviews. Artani explained: “He was getting personal. Here, she had a different type of image, and he was really exposing some stuff that she probably didn’t want out there, and in front of her little sister … I remember her sister being mortified and her being mortified. I’m sure that that really hurt her.”
Hard to argue that she didn’t have every reason for wanting to get back at him!
1. “Fix You” (And Others): Chris Martin About Gwyneth Paltrow
Coldplay is an outstanding band that has achieved success over the course of decades. It would not be half the band if not for the brilliant talent of Chris Martin, who has written some of the band’s most successful pieces. Martin was also married to Gwyneth Paltrow but the couple eventually filed for divorce. That doesn’t mean that Chris Martin hasn’t written some incredibly touching pieces.
“Fix You”, “Swallowed in the Sea”, “Moses”, “Magic” and “Another’s Arms” are all centered around Paltrow or his family in one way or another. The most touching may be “Fix You”, which Martin wrote for Paltrow shortly after the passing of her Father.
It clearly leads to an emotional reaction in Paltrow, who stated: ‘‘It’s so hard for me to listen to some of those songs. I can’t listen to ‘Swallowed in the Sea’ without crying.’’