There’s a lot of speculation around lately about Beyonce’s song Lemonade and who a lass referred to as “Becky with the good hair” could be in real life.
It’s believed that whoever it is, had an affair in real life with Queen Bey’s husband, Jay Z.
That’s a whole bucket of crazy we aren’t going to delve into right now… but it did get me thinking about all the famous people who have been sung about in songs over the years. Some of them have been well and truly dissed, some reflected on more fondly.
1. “You’re So Vain” – Carly Simon
Who’s it about? Warren Beatty. Sort of.
For more than 40 years, it was speculated that the subject of this famous song dissing a former lover was actor Warren Beatty, which Carly always denied. Other theories were that she was singing about Mick Jagger, James Taylor or David Geffen. Carly finally came clean in 2015 and told People magazine that the second verse of the song was about Beatty, but that the first verse was about two other men.
2. “You Oughta Know” – Alanis Morissette
Who’s it about? Dave Coulier, aka “Uncle Joey from Full House“
This song has seriously got to be one of the angriest post-break-up songs ever written. And supposedly it’s about Dave Coulier, who played Uncle Joey on Full House, who Alanis dated as a teenager in 1992. It’s pretty full-on when you consider who she’s singing it about, especially when she reveals she would go down on him in a theatre! This knowledge actually gives me the night terrors.
3. “Candle in the Wind” – Elton John
Who’s it about? Marilyn Monroe (1973 version) and Princess Diana (1997 version)
Elton and his ye olde time song writing buddy, Bernie Taupin, originally penned Candle In The Wind in 1973, 11 years after Marilyn Monroe died. Taupin has said that it could have been written about any famous people who died too young – it’s about the idea of somebody being cut short in the prime of their life.
Following the death of Elton’s good friend Princess Diana in a car accident in 1997, he and Taupin revised the lyrics of the song as a tribute to her. Elton played the song publicly at her funeral, and has refused to play this version at any of his concerts ever since. It has been certified as the best-selling song of all time in the United Kingdom.
4. “Don’t” – Ed Sheeran
Who’s it about? Ellie Goulding.
This song is about two singers who have similar tour schedules and hook up for sexy times whenever they’re in the same place at the same time. Except for when she goes off and sleeps with someone else. It’s rumoured to be about a fling that Sheeran and Goulding had, that ended when she went off with another singer who is believed to be Niall Horan from One Direction.