25 Women Who've Inspired Famous Pop Songs

Caroline Kennedy

Song She Inspired: Neil Diamond - "Sweet Caroline" (1969)
Highest Position on the Billboard Hot 100: 4

Neil Diamond didn't reveal the inspiration for the song until some 42 years after the its release. He said that he'd seen a picture of Caroline riding a horse on the cover of Life magazine some years earlier. In fact, it was the September 7, 1962 issue, which meant that this PG-13 tune ("hands... touchin' hands... reachin' out... touching me... touchin' you") was inspired by a four-year-old girl. Umm, that's creepy.

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