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
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."
8 "Innocent": Taylor Swift About Kanye
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."
6 "How Do You Sleep": John Lennon About Paul McCartney
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."
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:
3 "Layla": Eric Clapton About Pattie Boyd (Wife Of George Harrison)
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."
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.’’
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