Best Songs About Real People


The Top Ten

1 Layla - Derek & The Dominos UListen to Sample
2 Shine on You Crazy Diamond - Pink Floyd UListen to Sample
3 American Pie - Don McLean UListen to Sample
4 All Those Years Ago - George Harrison

Tribute to the deceased John Lennon - Billyv

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5 Winds of the Old Days - Joan Baez

To Bob Dylan, their relationship - Billyv

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6 Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd UListen to Sample
7 Something - The Beatles

Exact same girl as "Layla" is about.

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8 Like a Rolling Stone - Bob Dylan

There are rumours it was written for Edie Sedgwick - waldo

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9 Candle in the Wind - Elton John UListen to Sample
10 Hey Jude - The Beatles

To Comfort Lennon's Son during the divorce of his parents - waldo

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The Contenders

11 Empty Garden (Hey Hey Johnny) - Elton John UListen to Sample
12 Cortez the Killer - Neil Young

Extremly underrated - waldo

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13 Hurricane - Bob Dylan UListen to Sample
14 You're So Vain - Carly Simon UListen to Sample
15 Diamonds and Rust - Joan Baez UListen to Sample
16 Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands - Bob Dylan UListen to Sample
17 Rosanna - Toto UListen to Sample
18 Far Behind - Candlebox UListen to Sample
19 James Dean - Eagles UListen to Sample
20 Peggy Sue - Buddy Holly UListen to Sample
21 Love Street - The Doors UListen to Sample
22 Martha My Dear - The Beatles

Not exactly a real "person", its about Paul's real-life English Sheepdog named "Martha".

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23 Sara - Bob Dylan

To his first wife - Billyv

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24 Rock and Roll Heaven - The Righteous Brothers

Rememberance of several deceased musicians/singers named in the lyrics - Billyv

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25 Vincent - Don McLean UListen to Sample
26 Isn't She Lovely - Stevie Wonder UListen to Sample
27 Shine a Light - The Rolling Stones

The song was originally written about Brian Jones' drug problems and his health. After he died, it ended up becoming a tribute. - Gg2000

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28 How Do You Sleep? - John Lennon

It was written as a dig against his former bandmate Paul McCartney, after Macca made some digs against him on his Ram album. - Gg2000

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29 Susannah's Still Alive - The Kinks

Dave Davies wrote it about a girl named Sue he was in a relationship with while he was fifteen. They were forced to split after Sue found that she was pregnant with his child. - Gg2000

30 Lady Stardust - David Bowie

It was written about Marc Bolan, one of his friends in the glam rock scene. - Gg2000

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31 You Make Loving Fun - Fleetwood Mac

Christine McVie wrote it about an affair she had with the band's lighting director, Curry Grant. However, to keep her husband, bassist John McVie, happy, she told him it was about her dog. He discovered the truth later. - Gg2000

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Top Remixes

1. Shine on You Crazy Diamond - Pink Floyd
2. Layla - Derek & The Dominos
3. Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd
1. American Pie - Don McLean
2. All Those Years Ago - George Harrison
3. Candle in the Wind - Elton John


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