There’s something about putting words to music that gives them an extra oomph, right? Certainly, telling someone you love that you love them, or someone you loathe that you loathe them, packs a powerful punch. But when those intense feelings are set to music, the meaning goes to another level.
Maybe you’ve always dreamt of being the subject of a truly great love song or wished you’d been able to encapsulate the heartbreaking anguish of a breakup through a power ballad, but let’s face it, chances are you’re not a world-famous songwriter. (Sorry?) Ahhh, but if you were? Who would you write about and could you do it in a way that sort of hides the subject of the song’s identity to give it that mass-market appeal? And how proficient would you be at clever wordplay to mask the subject’s true identity? Would you keep it a secret to protect the innocent or not-so-innocent? Would you make it glaringly obvious? Would you land somewhere in the middle?
Pop stars, like Carly Simon, Coldplay, Peter Gabriel, and the mother of all diss tracks, Taylor Swift, have been doing this since the beginning of time. Listed below you’ll find familiar songs you probably didn’t realize were written about real celebrities, and now that you do, chances are you’ll hear them in a different light.
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