25 Women Who've Inspired Famous Pop Songs

Sherrie Swafford

Song She Inspired: Steve Perry - "Oh Sherrie" (1984)
Highest Position on the Billboard Hot 100: 3

Perry very deliberately wrote this tribute to his girlfriend, Sherrie Swafford who played the object of his affection in the video as well. The relationship didn't last (Perry has never married), but the song stands alongside Journey's best hits as an anthem of the '80s. It's telling that "Oh Sherrie" and "Don't Stop Believin'" are two of the final four musical numbers in Rock of Ages.

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