10 Songs That Are Secretly About Other Celebs

But sorry, still no word on 'You're So Vain' subject

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 26, 2010 1:16 PM CDT

(Newser) – 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.

In this Jan. 20, 2010 file photo, British singer Amy Winehouse arrives at Magistrates Court in Milton Keynes, England.   (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, file)
US rapper Nas performs at the 'Way Out West' music festival in Gothenburg, Sweden, Saturday, Aug. 15, 2009.   (AP Photo/Scanpix/Bjorn Larsson Rosvall)
In this Sept. 1, 2008 file photo, British director Guy Ritchie, left, and his wife Madonna arrive for the world premiere of his film 'Rock n Rolla' in London.   (AP Photo/Sang Tan, file)
Singer Alanis Morissette, who has a song in the film "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time," is interviewed at the premiere of the film in Los Angeles, Monday, May 17, 2010.   (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
Actor Dave Coulier poses on the press line at the "Comedy Central Roast of Bob Saget" in Burbank, Calif. on Sunday, Aug. 3, 2008.   (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg)
Tori Amos performs during the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival on Friday, June 11, 2010 in Manchester, Tenn.   (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
In this photo taken on June 14, 2009, Nine Inch Nails Trent Reznor performs during the Bonnaroo Arts and Music Festival in Manchester, Tenn.   (AP Photo/Dave Martin, File)
In this photo released by Starpix, singer Courtney Love stops for a photo at the arrivals for a special screening of "Sex and the City 2," Tuesday, May 25, 2010 in New York.   (AP Photo/Starpix, Marion Curtis)
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