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Songs for girls and women. Part 2

Continuation of the list of songs dedicated to girls and women

Songs dedicated to women. Part 2

Today we will recall the compositions that the great rock musicians dedicated to the beautiful half of humanity - women. An interesting fact is that about 30% of all the greatest hits that you know are dedicated to girls and women. IN previous article we remembered only a small part of these songs, today we will continue to study them. So, songs for women, part 2. Let's continue our list ...

Aerosmith - Janie's Got a Gun (1989)

Steven Tyler
Steven Tyler

The composition with a loud and even frightening title "Jenny has a gun" has become one of the most successful and sensational creations of Aerosmith. And it's not just the original arrangement. The meaning of the lyrics is what really sets this song apart from the rest of the band's repertoire. The track unfolds before the listener the story of a girl who shoots her father for ... violence. Here is how the author of the hit, Stephen Tyler, explained his idea:

“This song is about a girl who was raped and morally plundered by her father. This happens to many children, and this is the grossest crime of parents ... In fact, it is very scary. After countless news broadcasts about such incidents, I realized that I had to sing about it. I was also inspired by Liv, my daughter. She is a precious child of God. Of course, every father sees in his baby a part of the girl he married. But there are ways to love a child without making love to him. I wrote a song about Jenny about all the fathers who know no boundaries and no difference in love."

The song reached its peak position on the US charts in February 1990, a week before the band performed it on Saturday Night Live. The video for "Janie's Got a Gun" has been acclaimed as one of the most cinematic videos on MTV. It features a girl allegedly killing her father and the subsequent crime scene.

Ritchie Valens - Donna (1958)

Ritchie Valens. Photo: Michael Ochs Archives
Ritchie Valens. Photo: Michael Ochs Archives

Donna is the first and last true love of Mexican-American rock and roll legend Ritchie Valens. The couple met at one of the parties in the garage, where Richie played. As a result, they shared two and a half years of happy joint memories… A very tender and heartfelt composition written by the musician in honor of his beloved. was released in October 1959, three months before the tragic death of Wales.

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For the first time, the girl heard this touching thing on the radio in her car. Then—she couldn't believe her ears. Her friends went crazy when the DJ played the track over and over again. Here is what the culprit of inspiration later said:

“Richie was my first true love and my first loss of a loved one… He was a very good guy: kind, empathetic and always polite. He liked to dress well and always look good. I still remember his Old Spice aftershave. Richie loved his family very much and talked about them often. He wanted to buy his mother a house. His mother and I became very close. She made me feel like a part of their family. The Richie family has influenced me and my life. They showed me that with the love and support of loved ones, you can overcome anything. They are a blessing to me and my family…”

The Rolling Stones - Angie (1973)

Rolling Stones. Photo: Kevin Westenberg
Rolling Stones. Photo: Kevin Westenberg

The acoustic ballad of the legendary Rolling Stones has been causing a lot of controversy and questions for more than forty years. Who is this mysterious Angie - still remains a mystery ... The whole catch is that people, one way or another related to the recording of the track, are reluctant to reveal completely different data. Yes, and there is no particular confidence in their words. Perhaps the real prototype of the heroine simply did not exist. Well, or her person will forever remain a secret, which the authors of the ballad are not going to divulge, for reasons unknown to us.

The lyrical composition is dedicated to the departed love. The depth of performance is truly mesmerizing, suggesting that the heroine who inspired Jagger and Richards to create such a bewitching thing still had real outlines. Immediately after the release, the single soared to the top of the Billboard Hot 100. To this day, this track is considered the main decoration of the legendary band's repertoire.

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - Mary Jane's Last Dance (1993)

Tom Petty. Photo: George Rose
Tom Petty. Photo: George Rose

The heroine of the song about a girl from Indiana, Mary Jane, like Rolling's Angie, is shrouded in a veil of secrecy. Tom Petty has never divulged what or "who" he wrote the song about. Many believe that the composition was dedicated to the ex-wife of the musician - Jane, with whom Tom broke up exactly a year before writing the track. Mike Campbell, friend and colleague of the acclaimed performer, regards his friend's immortal creation as follows:

“It could be anything you want to believe. Many people think it's a drug, and it may very well be true. But no one excludes that this song may be a farewell reference to faded love.

The video for the song turned out to be very interesting and slightly comical. In it, Petty played the role of an undertaker, unconsciously falling in love with the corpse of a beautiful person. The latter, by the way, was played by the famous actress Kim Basinger. The clip was recognized as the Best Male Video, according to the Video Music Awards.

Adriano CelentanoSusanna (1983)

Adriano Celentano
Adriano Celentano

Listeners are accustomed to the fact that, basically, the legendary Adriano Celentano performs his own songs. But just his most successful hit about Suzanne was an exception. Borrowed from VOF de Kunst, the composition about a mysterious beauty remains the loudest single in Celentano's song box. Whether the real Suzanne was in the life of the author of the track is unknown. Or perhaps the musician simply followed in the footsteps of many brothers, denoting his love with a beautiful female name. But, most likely, the coquettish seductress existed. In any case, it will now remain a mystery to many fans of the single.

It is curious that the soul version performed by Celentano fell in love with the audience so much that few people already remember the true creators of the hit. The composition became the leader of the Single Top 100 in the Netherlands. Her motive and words are clear without further explanation. "Susanna" tells the story of a man madly in love, from whom his beloved constantly eludes, but he does not lose hope of finding her again ...

Michael Jackson (1983)

Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson

The legendary "Billie Jean" is one of the most famous and commercially successful creations of the King of Pop, whose popularity at one time went far beyond what was possible. Jackson himself admitted that he wrote his best composition under the influence of personal experiences. Billie Jean is not any particular person, but the collective image of crazy fangirls, who in the sixties were called briefly and understandably "groupies". Michael Jackson:

“For a long time I was pursued by a deranged woman who claimed that I was the father of her child. She bombarded me with letters, and after her behavior crossed all boundaries. She sent me a package containing a gun and a note asking me to shoot myself. She vowed to do the same with herself so that after death we could be together again. As far as I know, she later ended up in a psychiatric hospital.”

One way or another, the composition became a mega hit. Released in the winter of 1983, "Billie Jean" instantly topped the top charts in a number of countries, becoming one of the best-selling singles worldwide. The song was awarded two Grammys and several other prestigious awards. Today, the track about crazy female fans is included in the "500 Greatest Songs of All Time" according to Rolling Stone.

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