10 Famous Songs That You Didn't Know Were About Your Favourite Celebs
Being a celebrity has its own perks and drawbacks. Apart from all the fame and money you are also always in with the cool kids. But the cool kids don't always play nice. If you're thinking about having a relationship with a famous singer you can count on your name coming up in a song.
This was the most succesful song on a popular back and forth between these two artists. The story goes that Eminem claimed that he and Mariah were an item, for "a good six, seven months". The lyrical dissing began on Mariah's insistence that they weren't, in fact, a couple.
Eminem referenced the star twice on his album The Eminem Show, Mariah threw it back to Mathers with a mention on 'Clown' with the lyrics - "should've left it at 'I like your music too'", Eminem played alleged voicemail messages from Mariah on his Anger Management tour and, eventually, Mariah released Obsessed. The video featured Mariah Carey dressed up as Eminem following Mariah around.
The final track was released by Eminem called 'The Warning'. Since then Mariah Carey has dropped the issue altogether.
9. Justin Bieber - What Do You Mean
Inspiration: Selena Gomez
The on-again off-again relationship between the two pop heavyweights (current status: on) has resulted in a whole lot of speculation. We have scoured albums by both artists for any coded lyrics and hints. But we can all stop wondering for a while, because Biebs himself revealed to Ellen DeGeneres that 'What Do You Mean', 'Mark My Words' and a "little bit" of 'Sorry' were about Selena.
With Selena's next album coming up and her recently ending it with the Weeknd we can only wonder what is in store for our favourite love-hate couple.
8. Taylor Swift - I Knew You Were Trouble
Inspiration: Harry Styles
Taylor Swift is famous for putting her feelings down on paper and singing them out loud. If you were in a relationship with her you can definitely count on having a song or two written about you. The Taylor and Harry Styles count officialy lies at four songs. With songs like - "We are never getting back together, Style, Out of the woods and I knew you were trouble."
'I knew you were trouble' was the most succesful among the bunch. The former One Direction crooner himself has allegedly sung his verse in 'Perfect' for her.
7. Justin Timberlake - Cry Me A River
Inspiration: Britney Spears
Not only did Justin Timberlake pen a song about Britney, he went one step further and hired a lookalike to feature in the video. To this day, Justin Timberlake's "Cry Me a River" is one of the best revenge music videos of all time. The song was the second single off Justin's debut solo album. Its success is partly responsible for just how successful he is today.
Never one to be outdone, Britney Spears recorded the song 'Everytime' in reply to 'Cry me a river'. Will these singers ever stop?
6. Gwen Stefani - Hollaback Girl
Inspiration: Courtney Love
We could make a completely new list just about the number of songs about Courtney Love. This particular song came from Courtney dissing Gwen in an interview with Seventeen magazine, Courtney said: "Being famous is just like being in high school. But I'm not interested in being the cheerleader. I'm not interested in being Gwen Stefani. She's the cheerleader, and I'm out in the smoker shed."
While we don't advocate trash talking, this fight scored Gwen a UK Top 10. Well, she ain't complaining.
5. Taylor Swift - Bad Blood
Inspiration: Katy Perry
Taylor Swift is back! All of her songs are about 'someone', so she was bound to show up again. But the Katy Perry and Taylor Swift feud truly got out of hand when the Bad Blood video was released. Everyone was taking sides, you were either in or out.
How did it all start Swift said that a certain female musician tried to sabotage her by hiring some of her team, the backstory of the 2015 hit is still being spoken about to this day. Unlike most of the other musicians on this list Katy Perry chose to take the high road.
4. How Do You Sleep? - John Lennon
Inspiration: Paul Mccartney
Following the release of McCartney's album Ram earlier that year. Lennon felt attacked by McCartney, who later admitted that lines in the song "Too Many People" were intended as digs at Lennon. The lyrics, "The only thing you done was yesterday/And since you've gone you're just another day" are directed at McCartney, the first lyric being a reference to The Beatles' 1965 song "Yesterday". Ouch.
3. Candle In The Wind - Elton John
Inspiration: Marilyn Monroe and then Princess Diana
Elton John's first version of 'Candle in the Wind,' from 1973, was a tribute to Marilyn Monroe. Following Diana's death, lyricist Bernie Taupin rewrote the words to describe Diana's circumstances, and Sir Elton played it at the princess' funeral on September 6, 1997. As the world mourned, copies of the single flew off the shelves, and 'Candle in the Wind 1997' remains one of the two best-selling singles of all time.
2. 7 Things - Miley Cyrus
Inspiration: Nick Jonas
In the video for '7 Things' she wears Nick’s diabetes dog tags while singing about how his vanity and insecurity undermined their relationship. Jessica Herndon of People similarly points out the necklace and the fact that Jonas, "who split with Cyrus in late 2007 after two years of dating – has Type 1 diabetes and is a spokesperson for awareness of the disease."
While Jonas responded to the allegations with, "I think it’s funny. Honestly, I’m not insecure, my friends are cool—so it can’t be about me!" According to Tiger Beat magazine, when Cyrus' best friend Mandy Jiroux was asked if "7 Things" was about Jonas; she responded, "yes".
1. Selena Gomez - Heart Wants What It Wants
Inspiration: Justin Bieber
Selena's heartfelt ballad was written about her on-off relationship with Justin, and the battle between the 'million reasons why I should give you up, but the heart wants what it wants'. Selena put on an emotional performance of the song at the American Music Awards where she performed in tears.
We all just want what is best for you Selena.
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