Here’s The People Who Inspired Some Of The Most Popular Songs Ever Written.
#6. “Man on the Moon” by REM
In 1992, REM released their song “Man on the Moon." What many people didn’t realize was that there were many references in the song to comedian, and cast member of Saturday Night Live, Andy Kauffman. Andy died of lung cancer in 1984 and rumors circulated that he faked his own death.
Mike Mills explained why they wrote the song for Andy.“He’s the perfect ghost to lead you through this tour of questioning things. Did the moon landing really happen? Is Elvis really dead? …he was the perfect guy to tie all this stuff together as you journey through childhood and touchstones of life."
#7. “Oh Sherrie” by Steve Perry
It’s pretty obvious what this song is about. Steve Perry wrote this song about his love, Sherrie Swafford. Sherrie was even featured in the music video! Unfortunately, the couple’s relationship didn’t last long, at all.
Even though they didn’t last, the song sure did! It remains to be on of the best anthems of the 1980s. The song made it to number three on the pop chart and number one on the rock chart. The music video was pretty popular on MTV too.
#8. "Sweet Child o’ Mine” by Guns N’ Roses
Some of the best songs are those that come out of nowhere. Slash and Steven Adler were getting ready to jam at their condo on Sunset Strip in Hollywood, when they were joined by Izzy Stradlin’s chords and some base-line from Duff McKagan. While Axl Rose was upstairs, he heard them jamming, and was inspired to write some lyrics.
Even though the music being played downstairs was definitely inspiring, Rose was feeling the inspiration from another source, his girlfriend at the time, model Erin Everly. It came to him so quickly, that he finished all of the lyrics by the next day.
#9. “Go Your Own Way” by Fleetwood Mac
When you think about the music of the 1970s, Fleetwood Mac is one of the first bands that come to mind. When they released their song “Go Your Own Way” in 1976, fans had a feeling it had to do with a break-up, but no one knew for sure.
It surprised people when they realized the song was about the band’s lead guitarist, Lindsey Buckingham, and lead singer, Stevie Nicks, breaking up. Apparently, Stevie hated the line in the song that said: “Packing up, shacking up is all you wanna do," but Lindsey wouldn’t remove it from the song.
#10. “True Blue” by Madonna
In 1986, Madonna released the album “True Blue." The album described her feelings for her husband at the time, Sean Penn. Madonna was absolutely head over heels in love with him.
Their marriage ended after four years but they still remained friends. Penn wrote a letter to Madonna explaining how much he admired her as an artist.
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