10 love songs written for someone in particular

20 June 2021, 20:00

Liam Gallagher and Nicole Appleton at the NME Awards in 2001
Liam Gallagher and Nicole Appleton at the NME Awards in 2001. Picture: Dave Hogan/Getty Images

Some of the greatest love songs have bee written for wives, husbands, significant others... or just celebrity crushes.

  1. Oasis - Songbird

    The first Oasis song written by Liam Gallagher and released as a single was for his then-fiancée, later wife, later ex-wife Nicole Appleton.

  2. The Vaccines - Norgaard

    This raucous tune was about the young Danish model Amanda Norgaard, who turned Justin Young’s head, claiming that he went on a double date with the titular lady. His mate kissed her.

    Amanda Norgaard
    Amanda Norgaard. Picture: Vivien Killilea/Getty Images
  3. The Kooks - Ooh-La

    Luke Pritchard met Katie Melua when they were both at the BRITS School and the pair dated briefly. It’s thought that the first Kooks album, Inside In/Inside Out is mainly written about her.

    Katie Melua in 2004
    Katie Melua in 2004. Picture: GettyPascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
  4. The Beatles - Something

    One of the Fab Four’s most tender and beautiful songs was written by George Harrison for his wife Patti Boyd. The promo video for the single was accompanied by footage of each Beatle with their wives: Boyd, Yoko Ono, Linda Eastman and Maureen Starkey.

    George Harrison and Patti Boyd at the time of their wedding in January 1966
    George Harrison and Patti Boyd at the time of their wedding in January 1966. Picture: Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images
  5. Bjork - Venus As A Boy

    It’s never been 100% confirmed, but it’s thought that this bewitching song was written about producer Dom T, aka Dominic Thrupp, who Bjork was seeing at the time of Debut.

    Dominic Thrupp in 2016
    Dominic Thrupp in 2016. Picture: David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
  6. Razorlight - Golden Touch

    Johnny Borrell wrote this indie classic about the DJ Mairead Nash, who was part of the duo Queens Of Noize. Ah, the Noughties.

    Mairead Nash in 2016
    Mairead Nash in 2016. Picture: David M. Benett/[Dave Benett/Getty Images] for GAP)
  7. The Fratellis - Chelsea Dagger

    A bawdy song about Jon Fratelli’s wife Heather Donnelly, who was a burlesque dancer.

    Posted by Chelsea Dagger on Monday, February 17, 2014
  8. No Doubt - Don’t Speak

    Just look at the smouldering tension in this video, which sees singer Gwen Stefani’s failed relationship with bassist Tony Kanal go under the microscope. She later married Bush singer Gavin Rossdale, but the pair split in 2015.

    Tony Kanal, and Gwen Stefani in 2000
    Tony Kanal, and Gwen Stefani in 2000. Picture: Kevin Winter/Getty Images
  9. Amy Winehouse - Back To Black

    This classic, tortured song was inspired by Amy's turbulent relationship with Blake Fielder-Civil, who had left the singer for another girlfriend. They reconciled, married in May 2007 and... well, things did not turn out well.

    Amy Winehouse and Blake Fielder-Civil in April 2007
    Amy Winehouse and Blake Fielder-Civil in April 2007. Picture: Mark Milan/ FilmMagic/Getty Images
  10. Paul McCartney - Maybe I'm Amazed

    Beatle Paul McCartney and actress Jane Asher were one of the coolest couples of the 60s, but even though they got engaged on Christmas Day 1967, the relationship was over by the following summer. Macca met American photographer Linda Eastman and the pair had a romance which saw them marry in March 1969. This epic song is a tribute to his new wife, who gave him a grounding during the stormy final days of The Beatles.

    Paul and Linda McCartney on their wedding day. 12 March 1969
    Paul and Linda McCartney on their wedding day. 12 March 1969. Picture: Keystone-France/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images