It's fair to say that the vast majority of pop songs written by men are about a woman. Love songs, lust songs, breakup songs, makeup songsâ€”it's par for the course.
But in certain cases the songs aren't about some abstract girlfriend, they're about a real girl, someone the songwriter knew, or loved, or wished he had. And there it is, for all the world to hear about, getting heavy airplay and climbing the charts: A famous person's love, or lust, or loathing, for someone else. And if this girl in the tune wasn't famous beforehandâ€”presto, she is now.
Here are 25 Billboard Top 40 songs, all about real, live, natural-born females.