Lyric obsessives like us are always parsing through lines and phrases of songs to get a better understanding of our favorite musicians. What inspires them? What causes them consternation? Who do they constantly dream of having sex with? Well, we’ll let you in on a little secret: Musicians are just like us! They interact with people in their everyday lives that they end up thinking about on a pretty constant basis. Friends, co-workers, loves, fantasy objects — these interactions, either real or imagined, with all of these types of individuals have provided the inspirado for a number of our favorite songs of all-time.
The VH1 Tuner team compiled this list that’s dedicated to those who inspired some of our favorite tracks of all-time: Our Top 50 Musical Muses. From steamy, illicit affairs (Amy Winehouse wrote “Me And Mr. Jones” about Nas!) to bitter breakups (Full House star Dave Coulier is still catching heat for being the target of Alanis Morrissette‘s “You Oughta Know”), from blatantly obvious dedications (Toto naming their Rosanna Arquette ode “Rosanna”) to coded sexual dedications (Did you know that Beyoncé’s “Ego” is about Jay-Z’s package?), this list is guaranteed to give you new insight into some of history’s most popular songs.