Ever wondered who Carly Simon’s “You’re So Vain” is really about? Join the club. Fortunately, there are at least nine other songs “secretly” written about someone famous whose identity has since been uncovered. From The Frisky:
- Amy Winehouse: “Me and Mr. Jones” is supposedly about her unrequited love for rapper Nas; it refers to his daughter Destiny and his birthday, Sept. 14.
- Madonna: “Miles Away” was inspired by now-ex-husband Guy Ritchie, she told Elle. She also once dedicated it to the “emotionally retarded.”
- Alanis Morissette: You probably know that “You Oughta Know” is about Dave Coulier, aka Full House’s Uncle Joey. What you may not know is that he finally admitted it was about him and subsequently made amends with Alanis.
- Trent Reznor: “Starf**kers Inc.” was supposedly about Tori Amos, with whom Reznor was rumored to have been in a relationship. Amos, in turn, wrote “She’s Your Cocaine” about Reznor’s relationship with Courtney Love.
For the complete list (and music videos!), including two lucky ladies who have two songs written about them, click here