Best Songs About Real People


The Top Ten

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

Tribute to the deceased John Lennon - Billyv

5 Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd
6 Winds of the Old Days - Joan Baez

To Bob Dylan, their relationship - Billyv

7 Something - The Beatles

Exact same girl as "Layla" is about.

8 Like a Rolling Stone - Bob Dylan

There are rumours it was written for Edie Sedgwick - waldo

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

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

The Contenders

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

Extremly underrated - waldo

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

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

23 Sara - Bob Dylan

To his first wife - Billyv

24 Rock and Roll Heaven - The Righteous Brothers

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

25 Vincent - Don McLean
26 Isn't She Lovely - Stevie Wonder
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

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

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

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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