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10 Rock Songs Written About Real People

When sitting down to write a song, the composer has a unique opportunity in front of them. The lyric sheet provides an open canvas for the artist to write about anything they could possibly dream up. It could be abstract, it could be fiction...and sometimes it could be an actual person.

Instead of just combing through their own personal psyches, these bands have molded fantastic tracks based on the actual things happening around them. While it seems like the easy way out to just write about something that's already happened, the true power of the song comes in the details. Whether it's someone they know, something they read, or even one of their own inspirations, these lyricists have abandoned the more artsy lyrical approach to give the listener detailed accounts of something they saw as artistically potent.


Across each of these songs, you find hints of anger, pride, love, and even grief depending on the band's delivery. Regardless of the artists' feelings on the matter, these people certainly struck a nerve with the musicians who saw them. It may be good, bad, or indifferent, but each of these everyday people will now have their names etched in the world of music for decades to come.