I still remember the Gym Class Heroes, “Cupid's Chokehold” in particular, turned up to the max volume on my mp3 back in the day. Some songs get stuck with us, but it’s incredible how little we truly know about them.

You see, it turns out the “Ba ba da da, ba ba da da, ba ba da da, Take a look at my girlfriend” song is not about just any girl. I mean, the woman whom it’s about is now a celebrity worth US$125 million with 13 Grammys and 5 MTV music video awards, among a sea of others.

You’re not the only one who had no clue that some of our all-time fave pop songs were really written for or about other celebrities. Let’s take a look at the illuminating list down below which reveals that some music pieces have whole stories behind them.

(h/t Buzzfeed)

#1

Phil Collins's Song "You’ll Be In My Heart," Which He Wrote For The Movie Tarzan, Was Actually Meant For His Daughter Lily Collins And He Referred To Her Throughout The Track

Phil Collins's Song "You’ll Be In My Heart," Which He Wrote For The Movie Tarzan, Was Actually Meant For His Daughter Lily Collins And He Referred To Her Throughout The Track

lilyjcollins Report

Bowtechie
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1 month ago

I was today years old when I learned Lilly Collins is related to Phil Collins

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#2

Singer John Legend Wrote And Dedicated The Track "All Of Me" To Wife Chrissy Teigen

Singer John Legend Wrote And Dedicated The Track "All Of Me" To Wife Chrissy Teigen

chrissyteigen Report

glowworm2
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1 month ago

Aw!

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#3

It Turns Out, Lily Allen's "F**k You" Was Written About The Former Us President George W. Bush

It Turns Out, Lily Allen's "F**k You" Was Written About The Former Us President George W. Bush

georgewbush , lilyallen Report

kjorn
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1 month ago

i sure people miss george bush now. anyone but Trump i guess

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It’s no secret that the music industry is full of the most legendary power couples ever. I mean, how wouldn’t it be, when love has been an endless source of inspiration since the dawn of art?

But it turns out, some of the singing lovebirds started their romance in the studio while recording. For example, the world-famous “Crazy In Love” Jay Z and Beyoncé fell for each other while collaborating on the 2002 track “Bonnie and Clyde.”

Meanwhile, J.Lo and Diddy met in the studio while working for Lopez' album “On the 6.” They proceeded to date for two years until calling it quits due to Diddy’s arrest in connection with a shooting.

#4

Coldplay's Lead Singer Chris Martin Wrote "Fix You" For His Wife At The Time, Gwyneth Paltrow, After Her Father Died

Coldplay's Lead Singer Chris Martin Wrote "Fix You" For His Wife At The Time, Gwyneth Paltrow, After Her Father Died

Evan Agostini Report

Pepper Pots
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1 month ago

thats a beautiful song, always makes me cry

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#5

Pink And The Indigo Girls Wrote A Song Called "Dear Mr. President" Which Was A Message To George W. Bush While He Was In Office. The Song Criticised His Position On Homelessness, Lgbtq Rights, And The Iraq War

Pink And The Indigo Girls Wrote A Song Called "Dear Mr. President" Which Was A Message To George W. Bush While He Was In Office. The Song Criticised His Position On Homelessness, Lgbtq Rights, And The Iraq War

pink , georgewbush Report

Verena Heisenberg
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1 month ago

BEST.SONG.EVER! Love her, the song, the message etc.

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#6

Christina Aguilera Wrote "Can't Hold Us Down" As A Response To Eminem's Negative Comments About Her

Christina Aguilera Wrote "Can't Hold Us Down" As A Response To Eminem's Negative Comments About Her

xtina , eminem Report

Miss Cris
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1 month ago (edited)

Finally one that hasn't been written for a boyfriend/girlfriend! :)

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While Ariana Grande was working on her debut album “Victorious,” Mac Miller offered to sing a duet with her. Their piece “The Way” ended up debuting at No. 10 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Another teen favorite singer Selena Gomez is also said to have had a romance with her former producer Zedd while collaborating on the 2015 song "I Want You to Know." This line “I want you to know that I'm all yours" in particular sparked romance rumors that the singer later confirmed were, in fact, true.

#7

Katy Perry Said That Her Single "I Kissed A Girl" Was Inspired By Scarlett Johansson

Katy Perry Said That Her Single "I Kissed A Girl" Was Inspired By Scarlett Johansson

scarlett.johensson , JCS Report

JuJu
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1 month ago

I totally understand that!

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#8

Bon Iver's Song "Perth" Was A Tribute To Heath Ledger After He Died In 2008. Heath, Who Was Born In Perth, Australia, Was The Best Friend Of Lead Singer Justin Vernon

Bon Iver's Song "Perth" Was A Tribute To Heath Ledger After He Died In 2008. Heath, Who Was Born In Perth, Australia, Was The Best Friend Of Lead Singer Justin Vernon

Howie Berlin Report

JessG
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1 month ago

Aw :(

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#9

Justin Timberlake Wrote "Cry Me A River" After Breaking Up With Britney Spears

Justin Timberlake Wrote "Cry Me A River" After Breaking Up With Britney Spears

Denise Truscello Report

miten sasmita
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1 month ago

Ahh if only she ended up with him... She'd be much happier. They looked genuinely in love together that time.

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#10

"Something" By The Beatles, "Layla" By Derek And The Dominoes, And "Wonderful Tonight" By Eric Clapton Were Written About Model Pattie Boyd

"Something" By The Beatles, "Layla" By Derek And The Dominoes, And "Wonderful Tonight" By Eric Clapton Were Written About Model Pattie Boyd

Nationaal Archief, Den Haag, Rijksfotoarchief: Fotocollectie Algemeen Nederlands Fotopersbureau , bbc Report

Caroline
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1 month ago

Popular lady!

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#11

Not Many Know That Nirvana's Legendary Song "Heart-Shaped Box" Is About Courtney Love And... Her Vagina

Not Many Know That Nirvana's Legendary Song "Heart-Shaped Box" Is About Courtney Love And... Her Vagina

courtneylove Report

True Blue
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1 month ago

O_O

H Edwards
Community Member
1 month ago

I think quite a lot of people know that!

MarcAngelina Alcober
Community Member
3 weeks ago

duh

DrBronxx
Community Member
4 weeks ago

Yes. Not many people know this very famous fact.

Young Minami Kotaro
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1 month ago

Speechless.......

Brandi VanSteenwyk
Community Member
1 month ago

Now I am really curious....

postboredom
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

Wow. Self-love? (sorry, I misread the caption. I thought Courtney had written it for herself 0-0, now thinking about it, why the eff did I think that???)

Marlowe Fitzpatrik
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1 month ago

How so? It's HER vagina, not his.

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Ms.M.
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1 month ago

Umm... er... K

JuJu
Community Member
1 month ago

so...?

Ellen
Community Member
1 month ago

Incidentally I love it as the theme song for HBO's "westworld" & the beautiful cover of this song, which by the same composer who did the music for game of thrones

Sardonic Scribe
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1 month ago

"Meat-eating orchids forgive no one just yet..." seems about on par. Lol.

Rollin Sullivan
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1 month ago

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#12

While Katy Perry Was Dating The Lead Singer From Gym Class Heroes Named Travie Mccoy, He Wrote Her The Famous "Cupid’s Chokehold"

While Katy Perry Was Dating The Lead Singer From Gym Class Heroes Named Travie Mccoy, He Wrote Her The Famous "Cupid’s Chokehold"

Fueled By Ramen Report

Ellen
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1 month ago

Her old song "Circle the drain" is also about him, & how his addiction tore their relationship apart.

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#13

"Ms. Jackson" By Outkast Was An Apology To Erykah Badu And Her Mother After Badu And Andre 3000 Broke Up

"Ms. Jackson" By Outkast Was An Apology To Erykah Badu And Her Mother After Badu And Andre 3000 Broke Up

erykahbadu Report

CatWoman312
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1 month ago

I never knew that!

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#14

"Colors" By Halsey Was About Her Ex-Boyfriend Matty Healy, The Lead Singer Of The 1975

"Colors" By Halsey Was About Her Ex-Boyfriend Matty Healy, The Lead Singer Of The 1975

the1975 , iamhalsey Report

Linda May
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1 month ago (edited)

Colors by Halsey is a wonderful song. But it's going to escalate *really* quickly from wow to wut when you watch the music video 😂 Still, she is amazing person.

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#15

After Jay-Z And Alicia Keys Released "Empire State Of Mind," Katy Perry Wrote "California Gurls" Because She Wanted There To Be A Song To Represent California

After Jay-Z And Alicia Keys Released "Empire State Of Mind," Katy Perry Wrote "California Gurls" Because She Wanted There To Be A Song To Represent California

aliciakeys Report

BringOnTheDownvotes
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1 month ago

You mean besides the literal HUNDEREDS of songs about California?

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#16

A Verse In Carly Simon's "You're So Vain" Is About Warren Beatty

A Verse In Carly Simon's "You're So Vain" Is About Warren Beatty

warrenbeatty Report

Bowtechie
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1 month ago

He probably thinks the song is about him anyway

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#17

Fans Believe That Taylor Swift Wrote "I Knew You Were Trouble" With Her Ex-Boyfriend Harry Styles In Mind

Fans Believe That Taylor Swift Wrote "I Knew You Were Trouble" With Her Ex-Boyfriend Harry Styles In Mind

taylorswift , harrystyles Report

JuJu
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1 month ago

Aren't all her songs "Ex-Songs"?

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#18

Ed Sheeran Wrote "Don't" After Ellie Goulding Cheated On Him With Niall From One Direction

Ed Sheeran Wrote "Don't" After Ellie Goulding Cheated On Him With Niall From One Direction

elliegoulding Report

miten sasmita
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1 month ago

Glad ed sheeran is happily married with a baby daughter now.

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#19

After Miley Cyrus Got Engaged To Liam Hemsworth, Her Ex Nick Jonas Wrote Her A Song Called "Wedding Bells"

After Miley Cyrus Got Engaged To Liam Hemsworth, Her Ex Nick Jonas Wrote Her A Song Called "Wedding Bells"

mileycyrus Report

postboredom
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1 month ago (edited)

They aren't together anymore though.

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#20

"Madness" By Muse Is About Matt Bellamy's (The Lead Singer) Relationship With Kate Hudson. It Was Inspired By A Fight They Had

"Madness" By Muse Is About Matt Bellamy's (The Lead Singer) Relationship With Kate Hudson. It Was Inspired By A Fight They Had

Kevin Mazur Report

JessG
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1 month ago

Cool song though

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#21

The Weeknd Was Going Through A Painful Breakup With Selena Gomez When He Wrote "Call Out My Name"

The Weeknd Was Going Through A Painful Breakup With Selena Gomez When He Wrote "Call Out My Name"

theweeknd , selenagomez Report

CatWoman312
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1 month ago

She still was suffering from Beiberitis

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#22

"Killing Me Softly" By Norman Gimbel Was Inspired By A Young Singer Named Lori Lieberman Who Had Seen Don Mclean Perform And Told Gimbel That It Was An Intensely Moving Experience. So In Essence, It's About Don Mclean

"Killing Me Softly" By Norman Gimbel Was Inspired By A Young Singer Named Lori Lieberman Who Had Seen Don Mclean Perform And Told Gimbel That It Was An Intensely Moving Experience. So In Essence, It's About Don Mclean

Egghead06 Report

JessG
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1 month ago

"A long long time ago, I can still remember, how that music used to make me smil..."

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#23

Justin Bieber Wrote "What Do You Mean" About His On-Again Off-Again Relationship With Selena Gomez

Justin Bieber Wrote "What Do You Mean" About His On-Again Off-Again Relationship With Selena Gomez

justinbieber , selenagomez Report

CatWoman312
Community Member
1 month ago

He wrote several songs about her. “Sorry” was about her as well.

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#24

While We Can All Agree That Hollaback Girl Is A Total Tune, It's Safe To Say That Its Origins Are Well And Truly Rooted In Famous Feuding. 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 Can All Agree That Hollaback Girl Is A Total Tune, It's Safe To Say That Its Origins Are Well And Truly Rooted In Famous Feuding. 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."

gwenstefani , courtneylove Report

Eraldo Ferreira
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1 month ago

Why Do You Have To Write All Of Your Titles With Every Damn First Letter Of Every F*****g Word On Capslock?

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#25

Sex On Fire Lily Aldridge, The Victoria's Secret Angel Who Is Married To Kings Of Leon Lead Singer, Caleb Followill, Is Said To Have Inspired The Band's Track Sex On Fire

Sex On Fire Lily Aldridge, The Victoria's Secret Angel Who Is Married To Kings Of Leon Lead Singer, Caleb Followill, Is Said To Have Inspired The Band's Track Sex On Fire

Raph_PH , lilyaldridge Report

JessG
Community Member
1 month ago

LOVE this song!

#26

"Dear John" By Taylor Swift Is About Her Ex, John Mayer. Mayer's Song "Paper Doll" Was Allegedly His Rebuttal

"Dear John" By Taylor Swift Is About Her Ex, John Mayer. Mayer's Song "Paper Doll" Was Allegedly His Rebuttal

johnmayer , taylorswift Report

Janine B.
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1 month ago

I will never understand how this not really attractive guy seems charme so many women.

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#27

Florence Welch From Florence + The Machine Wrote A Song "Patricia" For The Singer Patti Smith

Florence Welch From Florence + The Machine Wrote A Song "Patricia" For The Singer Patti Smith

Beni Köhler Report

Saico Hipe
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1 month ago

I love Florence so much! She actually got to randomly meet Smith on day in a restaurant, and says she was super nice and down to earth.

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#28

"Cinderella" By Mac Miller, A Song That Has Lyrics About Very Intimate Bedroom Moments, Is About Ariana Grande

"Cinderella" By Mac Miller, A Song That Has Lyrics About Very Intimate Bedroom Moments, Is About Ariana Grande

Mac Miller Report

Jessica Friend
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1 month ago (edited)

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she's freaking Italian dummy, my husband is part italian and a blond dark dude all freaking year long so are our kids hell I'm part Native American (grandmother is full blood) and they out dark me

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#29

"Circle The Drain" By Katy Perry Was About Travie Mccoy's Drug Addiction

"Circle The Drain" By Katy Perry Was About Travie Mccoy's Drug Addiction

Francois Durand Report

yes.
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1 month ago

She's honestly amazing

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#30

And "You're Never Over" By Eminem Was A Tribute To His Friend, The Rapper Proof. Proof Was Shot And Killed In 2006

And "You're Never Over" By Eminem Was A Tribute To His Friend, The Rapper Proof. Proof Was Shot And Killed In 2006

eminem Report

Marlowe Fitzpatrik
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1 month ago

Duh. It says his name in the first line!

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