20 songs that were inspired by famous people

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We love finding out the meaning of different songs and what inspired them. But do you know which celebrities inspired some of your favorites?

Music can be inspiring and a great way to get out of our head. But, have you ever wondered where a song came from or what inspired an artist to come with those particular lyrics? Some times the inspiration is obvious and at other times it might take a bit more digging to learn about the history of a song. And with the help of sites like Vogue and even the lyrics of certain songs, we have a pretty good idea of which celebrities inspired some of these gems.

While artists like Taylor Swift have made their inspiration for songs relatively well-known, other artists are a lot less likely to explain what inspired them. That doesn’t mean we don’t have any ideas though, and luckily there are a lot of clues when it comes to certain songs, such as “Cry Me a River” by Justin Timberlake.

With these 20 songs, we know they are about other celebrities, and that means we can’t resist digging into the background of each of these offerings. While there are a few artists who pop up more than once (we are looking at you Taylor Swift), each song is inspired by a different celebrity who you may or may not have expected.

We think it is a lot of fun learning the history and inspiration of a song, especially some of our favorites. And with this list, we hope you find a few songs that you didn’t know the inspiration of before, and find a new appreciation for the lyrics behind some of your favorites.