One of the most defining country-western musicians ever created one of his biggest hits with “I Walk the Line” shortly after his marriage to Vivian Liberto, his first wife. He meant it as a declaration of fidelity since she was his first wife. While we can’t speak about fidelity, Cash would eventually divorce Liberto in order to marry June Carter.
In the 2005 biopic about the man in black, the song was used as a ballad to help Cash woo Carter, a slight manipulation of events, one has to admit. It’s still one of the most famous country songs ever.
“Lady in Red” by Chris de Burgh
Chris de Burgh wrote his massive 1986 hit song as a commentary on the fact that the average man fails to remember what his wife was wearing when they first met. “Lady in Red” chronicles in loving detail the day that de Burgh first met the woman he was destined to marry: Diane Davison. “Lady in Red” was the second single from his 1986 album Into the Light, and instantly propelled him from a hard-working but relatively unknown niche artist to major international superstar. The video, complete with a lady in red, received massive airplay on all the video channels.
Ever since 1986, Chris de Burgh’s career has been inextricably linked with “Lady in Red”. It’s a song that inflames the passions of many who hear it, but positively and negatively. It is among the most loved and the most hated songs of the 1980s.
“Uptown Girl” by Billy Joel
Billy Joel was finally getting over his recent divorce, which is a much easier thing to do when you’re an internationally famous rock star. So he dated 19-year-old supermodel Elle MacPherson, and then he dated (and eventually married) yet another supermodel, Christie Brinkley. It seems like he originally wrote his smash hit “Uptown Girl” with Elle in mind, though by the time it was released, Christie was the lady in his life, so she stars in the video.
In the song, Billy portrays a not very rich “downtown man” trying to woo a wealthy and refined “uptown girl”. Originally, due to the numerous posh and beautiful women he was surrounding himself with at the time, he was going to call the song “Uptown Girls”. Billy has claimed that the style of the song was inspired by the music of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, and it’s not hard to see why. Billy Joel, one of the most successful musicians in history, has been reinventing himself for decades. His 1983 album An Innocent Man, which featured “Uptown Girl” alongside other huge hits including “Tell Her About It”, “The Longest Time”, and more, is among his best selling and most highly acclaimed. A tribute to the popular music styles of his youth in the 1950s and 60s, it is notable for its exuberant sense of optimism.
“Wild Horses” by The Rolling Stones
Despite having a name that is anything but gentle, this delicate love song has gone down as a sweet staple of this legendary British rock band. While the band the Flying Burrito Brothers released a version first, it all came from the Stones. Mick Jagger was hanging out with Gram Parsons, who was part of the FBB, and just came up with some music.
Keith Richards had just had a son and hated spending time away, but eventually, it became a little more of a love song for Marianne Faithfull, who was in a relationship with Jagger at the time.
“Go Your Own Way” by Fleetwood Mac
From their eleventh studio album, Fleetwood Mac delivered one of their greatest tunes. If you're a classic rock fan, you've certainly heard this famous song, and you probably know the backstory, too. Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham were in a public relationship for some time, but it eventually hit rocky ground.
Problem is, the two were still in a band together, and they were the two biggest names as well. Just like the rest of the songs on the album “Rumors,” none of the instruments were recorded live together. Nicks and Buckingham managed to record the song despite their breakup.