14 Really Famous Songs People Never Realized Were About Celebrities
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4. "Empty Garden (Hey Hey Johnny)" by Elton John was a tribute to John Lennon, who had been assassinated 15 months prior to its release.
6. "Expectations" by Lauren Jauregui was about her ex-boyfriend Ty Dolla $ign. She wrote it when she was angry at him for staying out late after a performance and not telling her where he was.
8. "Perth" by Bon Iver was inspired by Heath Ledger. The lead singer, Justin Vernon, was with Ledger's best friend in 2008 when they found out he had died. Ledger was born in Perth, Australia.
11. "Dear Mr. President" by P!nk and the Indigo Girls was also about George W. Bush. It was an open letter to him while he was in office that questioned his stance on homelessness, LGBTQ rights, and the Iraq war.
12. "What's the Frequency, Kenneth?" by R.E.M. was inspired by an incident where CBS anchor Dan Rather was assaulted in Central Park. One of the assailants repeated "What's the frequency, Kenneth?" over and over.
13. "Patricia" by Florence + the Machine was about Florence Welch's love and admiration for singer Patti Smith.
14. And "You're Never Over" by Eminem was a tribute to his friend, the rapper Proof. Proof was shot and killed in 2006.
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