Not only has the frontwoman of No Doubt, Gwen Stefani, inspired a number of great songs, but she’s written some, as well. This famous ballad may be among the best that the band produced. She and her brother Eric first wrote the song as a classic love tune, but Stefani ended up adjusting the lyrics to reflect the changing nature of her relationship with fellow No Doubt band member Tony Kanal.
They had been in a romantic relationship for seven years, but the relationship had come to an end. Stefani rewrote the lyrics almost completely to reflect the changes.
“In the Air Tonight” by Phil Collins
Thundering drums and a memorable echo to the vocals make this solo track from Collins a standout to many. There's an urban legend that the song came from a drowning incident – a man fell into a body of water, and someone who was close enough to help did not. Collins, too far to help the man, saw the event.
However, Collins has declared that false. He was getting divorced from his wife at the time of writing it, and he let a little bit of the anger out. It isn't necessarily about the divorce, just him working through some floating emotions.
“Don't Stop Believin'” by Journey
This song is a staple on any classic rock radio station or karaoke bar, but where did it come from? Well, it came from a near-failure that one of the band members experienced. Keyboardist Jonathan Cain moved to Los Angeles to pursue his music dreams but was running into constant discouragement. He called his father for a chat, and his father told him some good advice: “don't stop believing, or you're done.”
Perseverance is vital to reaching your goals, no matter how lofty they might seem. Cain eventually turned those words into one of Journey's most famous and popular songs.
“Me & Mr. Jones” by Amy Winehouse
While one might think that this is just a cover of the classic song “Me and Mrs. Jones,” it turns out it's much more than that. Amy Winehouse often brought her personal life into her music, and this was the case here. This tune, the story goes, came from a Nas concert that Winehouse attended in 2005.
Nas has gone on record saying the song is about him, though he's never mentioned by name. There are some clues, however – the lyrics make a reference to his daughter and the piece of trivia that they all share the same birthday.
“So What” by Pink
Every relationship has its rocky sections, and that's where we got the song “So What” from this singer. Pink had become estranged from her husband Carey Hart, a motocross racer, and she decided to let some of her feelings out with this not-exactly-romantic tune. The two were able to reconcile, and Pink even invited him to be in the song's music video.
Hart agreed though he wasn't aware that the song was about their relationship until he was on set and started paying attention to the lyrics. Well, maybe don't become estranged from your wife, then.