Song She Inspired: Plain White T's - "Hey There Delilah" (2005)
Highest Position on the Billboard Hot 100: 1

Women's distance running got a big boost when it was revealed that the Plain White T's mega-hit was inspired by Delilah DeCrescenzo, who was then a runner for Columbia University. Delilah had dreams of competing in the Olympics but didn't make the team in 2008 or 2012. Being the subject of a Grammy-nominated single isn't a bad consolation prize.