20 songs that were inspired by famous people

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The Sex Pistols – “God Save the Queen”

Just because many of us are fans of the royal family, that does not mean that all of us are. Back in 1977, the Sex Pistols proved this point when they released their own political commentary on Queen Elizabeth in time for her jubilee celebration.

The thing is that instead of doing something like an op-ed piece, the group decided to use music to voice their opinion, giving all of us, “God Save the Queen.” The song is a truly political piece, as it offered the group’s opinion on the monarchy.  Let’s just say it was definitely not a positive review.

In fact, “God Save the Queen” is perhaps one of the most direct rebukes, not done via the media, of the monarchy we have seen. With lyrics such as, “God save the queen, ’cause tourists are money. Our figurehead is not what she seems,” there is no doubt that the Sex Pistols had and perhaps even still have some very negative views of the royal family or at the very least Queen Elizabeth.

Considering this song was only their second single and they only released one album, we bet this particular piece did not go over well. Especially since the group is a punk band out of England. That being said, it is still a well-crafted piece of political opinion and gives those of us who have an idyllic picture of the monarchy something to think about.

When it comes to celebrities to find inspiration from, it is definitely not surprising to have the royal family inspiring music. But, this is definitely one of those songs we think they may rather not be about them, especially not the queen.