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Good Day Examines The People Who Inspire Pop Songs

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Have you ever listened to a pop song and wondered who the inspiration was behind it? Some artists are willing to admit who their muses are, while others keep it hush-hush.

Katy Perry's first big hit, "I Kissed A Girl", exploded onto the scene in 2008. Who was the girl that left such an impression on her? The answer will surprise many. Katy Perry admits her muse was actress Scarlett Johansson, though the two never actually locked lips.

Billy Joel sang about his "Uptown Girl" in the 80's. When the song first came out, there was some confusion about who his muse was. It turns out that he had two! The song was originally written for his model girlfriend, Elle MacPherson. However, when the two broke up, Joel refocused the song on another model and actress, Christie Brinkley.

The next song is one of the most popular pop mysteries of all. Carly Simon belted out "You're So Vain" in the early 70's. She recently admitted to fellow songstress, Taylor Swift, who her inspiration was. As for the rest of us, we may never know. There are rumors that it could have been a number of men, including actor Warren Beatty, rock legend Mick Jagger, and music producer David Geffen. However, the singer is keeping tight-lipped about her muse.

Like Simon's song, "American Pie" by Don McLean is another song about filled with characters and people that listeners wonders about. People have written essays about the different meanings and interpretations of McLean's hit.

Don McLean himself isn't safe from songs. Although not intended for him, Lori Lieberman's "Killing Me Softly" has been attributed to be about Don McLean for many years.

Joan Baez's "Diamonds and Rust" was written about Bob Dylan. It was her way of telling him that he never thanked her for her help early in his career.

Who was The Beatles "Hey Jude" written about? Jude was short for Julian, who was John Lennon's five-year-old son. Lennon had separated from his wife to be with Yoko Ono, and Julian was dealing with his parent's divorce. Paul McCartney wrote the song to comfort Jules Lennon.

Finally, another Beatles entry "Something" was written about George Harrison's girlfriend Pattie Boyd. He wrote it during a turbulent time in their relationship.

Pattie Boyd later married Eric Clapton, and he wrote "Layla" and "Wonderful tonight" about her.

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