Here’s The People Who Inspired Some Of The Most Popular Songs Ever Written.
#11. “Sweetest Thing” by U2
Even the most diehard U2 fans probably don't know this song was written about Bono's wife, Ali Hewson, because of all the time that he was gone recording the album, The Joshua Tree.
Bono even missed her birthday, but he made up for that when he wrote the song “Sweetest Thing” for her, and donated all of the profits to her charity of her choice, Chernobyl Children’s Project International.
#12. “Rosanna” by Toto
Toto released the hit “Rosanna” in 1982. The song talks about finding that great love but losing it, too. The song was a BIllboard hit, peaking at the number 2 spot for five consecutive weeks.
While the band was recording the song, they joked about who it was about. They said that “Rosanna” was about Rosanna Arquette, an actress who was in a relationship with the keyboardist, Steve Porcaro. Even though band member David Paich, who wrote the song, denied that it was about Arquette, he eventually admitted to it in 2016 when he said, “She was cuter than ever and I had a crush on her, and as she walked out I just finished the line with ‘Rosanna.’”
#13. “Hey Jude” by The Beatles (1968)
Paul McCartney adapted the song “Hey Jules” into the song we know today as “Hey Jude." After John Lennon divorced Cynthia Lillian Lennon, McCartney dedicated the song to Lennon’s son, Julian, to comfort him.
McCartney missed Cynthia and Julian after the divorce, so he went to visit them in Weybridge Surrey, England. While on the way to their house, he wrote “Hey Jude." Cynthia had known McCartney since before the Beatles got big, so she was very grateful for his concern for her.
#14. “Tears in Heaven” by Eric Clapton
The early 1990s was a really rough time for the singer, Eric Clapton. In 1990, his manager, friend and musician Stevie Ray Vaughan, and two of his roadies were killed in a helicopter accident. Only a few months later, his four-year-old son died after falling out of New York City apartment building, 53 floors up.
After spending some time alone, Clapton wrote the song, “Tears in Heaven," with Will Jennings. He reportedly said that the music was healing him because he got so much enjoyment from it. Because Clapton made public statements about childproofing windows and staircases, fans assumed the song was about the grief he experienced.
#15. “You Oughta Know” by Alanis Morissette
There’s no doubt that Alanis Morissette puts a lot of meaning and feeling in her music, but like so many artists, she doesn’t like to talk about the inspiration behind them. Alanis told a Canwest News Service journalist in 2008 that she doesn’t say who the songs are about because it’s a part of her personal process of expression.
Dave Coulier, an actor who played Joey Gladstone on the ABC sitcom Full House, claimed that the song might be about him. Coulier told the Boston Herald that the lyrics hit close to home for him because Alanis actually did call him once during dinner. He also said the song reminds him of himself when he was younger. But he wasn’t the only one claiming to be her muse, though. The hockey player for the New Jersey Devils, Mike Peluso, actor Matt LeBlanc, and even musician Leslie Howe, all claim to be the inspiration for Alanis.
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