Who were the women who inspired many musicians to write classic love songs?
Many women would love to have a hot rock star pen love songs about them. Some women have been lucky enough to be the muse behind famous hit love songs. But who were they? And why were they so captivating to our favorite artists?
Let’s take a look at who were the captivating women that inspired so many famous love songs.
1. “Cry Me A River” – Britney Spears
by Justin Timberlake
Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears were childhood sweethearts. They first met during their time in the Mickey Mouse Club. It was here that they first developed feelings for one another.
However, it wasn’t until they were much older that they struck up a relationship. Spears gushed over how in love with Timberlake she was. Timberlake was smitten with her.
Sadly, in 2002 Timberlake became devastated upon discovering Spears had cheated on him. He took this heartbreak and used it to pen his famous song “Cry Me A River“.
In the video for the song, he even uses a model that looks just like Spears. Spears was quite shocked at first. But ultimately she accepted that he needed to get his revenge for what she had done.
2. “Hearts And Bones” – Carrie Fisher
by Paul Simon
Carrie Fisher led a turbulent life, and her love affair with Paul Simon was no different. They met while Fisher was filming Star Wars in 1977.
Simon and Fisher spent less time married than within their whirlwind love affair. However, they couldn’t get enough of each other even when they would separate. They split and returned to each other many times.
Simon supposedly wrote a few songs about Fisher during their time together. But most poignant was his hit “Hearts and Bones“. It is a song about trying to create a real love that is not shrouded in unrealistic expectations.
Despite their magnetic attraction, it was their similarities that eventually drove them apart. Fisher once said “The bad thing about my relationship with Paul was that we were similar animals. Where there should be a flower and a gardener, we were two flowers. In the bright sun. Wilting“.
3. “Layla” – Pattie Boyd
By Derek and the Dominos
Pattie Boyd was still married to Ringo Starr of Beatles fame when Eric Clapton fell in love with her.
Clapton had also recently read the love story “Layla and Majnun“. He felt the story of unrequited love related to his feelings for Boyd. So he penned the song “Layla” which would become a hit for Derek and The Dominos.
Two years after Boyd divorced Starr, Clapton could final fulfill his dream of being with her. They married in 1979. Sadly, they would ultimately divorce in 1988.
Unrequited love is painful, but its fantasies are a lot sweeter than the cold heart reality of real love. The song “Layla” is a favorite for many hurting souls who can’t seem to capture the heart of the person of their dreams.
4. “Suzanne” – Suzanne Verdal
by Leonard Cohen
Leonard Cohen felt captivated by the girlfriend of sculptor Armand Vaillancourt. Suzanne Verdal was an eccentric and intriguing woman that captured Cohen’s imagination.
Cohen and Verdal always stressed that the relationship was platonic. The lyrics in “Suzanne” speak of a relationship that is deeper than physical sexuality.
This unique love song is about when someone unexpectedly meets a person with whom they feel a deep connection. But their deep connection may never need to become physical.
The song is spiritual in nature, even mystical. Maybe they were lovers from a past incarnation. We have all met someone like this. Which is why this beautiful love song resonates with so many people so deeply.
5. “My Sharona” – Sharona Alperin
by The Knack
Doug Fieger of the Knack felt electrified with passion when he first met the 17-year-old Sharona Alperin. Many of the songs he wrote found their inspiration in her.
Most famous song, of course, is “My Sharona“. Alperin even appeared on the artwork for the single. It is a song about young lust, and how Fieger worshiped her and felt he owned her.
Fieger and Alperin would end up having a four-year relationship. However, both were young, and as the song represents, it was a relationship based more upon the electricity of young lust.
But we can all relate to that first electric love affair in our youth. No matter how those relationships turn out, they remain memorable. The song “My Sharona” reminds us of our youth and all of its wild lustful adventures.
6. “Je T’aime … Moi Non Plus” – Brigette Bardot
by Serge Gainsbourg
Despite “Je T’aime … Moi Non Plus” being a hit for Serge Gainsbourg and his lover Jane Birkin, the song was not about her. Initially, it had been about Brigette Bardot.
Bardot was the ultimate muse in her heyday. She has inspired thousands of artists and musicians. But this love song is probably the most famous of all. It is lusty and orgasmic and caused a lot of controversy at the time of its release in the 60s.
Gainsbourg and Bardot had been lovers. She asked him to write the most beautiful love song imaginable. This was the song he came up with.
Bardot was married to another man at the time, and he was obviously furious. The song with both Gainsbourg and Bardot singing on it did not get released until 1986, as a result.
In 1968 Gainsbourg re-recorded the song with Birkin, and it became the huge hit that it still is today.