Despite being super young, Ariana Grande has still racked up an impressive number of famous relationships. This song of liberation and empowerment mentions them all by name, giving each of them – Big Sean, Mac Miller, Ricky Alvarez, and Pete Davidson – their time to “shine.”
However, this song isn’t exactly a tear-down tune. Grande wants her fans to have grace in their relationships, deal with their romantic pasts, and look ahead to the next relationship they might have like it’s their first.
“Dear John” by Taylor Swift
Swift is famous for her personal life, and for putting those details into her record-breaking music. Many have done similar things, but Swift just seemed to get labeled that way. Her song “Dear John” was inspired by her relationship with John Mayer, whom she dated a year prior.
She's never actually confirmed that, but Mayer was pretty adamant that it was about him – and that he didn't deserve the callout. He says he was humiliated by it, and that he hadn't done anything to deserve being publically blasted. He specifically called it a lousy thing for Taylor to do.
“All of Me” by John Legend
Ballads are John Legend's forte, but “All of Me” might just be his most famous. Those that know this Grammy-winning artist may be familiar with his wife, Chrissy Teigen. The two were engaged at the time, and it was the first time that Legend had written about her in a song. We think.
No doubt he's written plenty more about her over the years, but to Teigen, it's clear that the song is about her. She stated that the line “What would I do without your smart mouth” is a dead giveaway.
“Turnin' Me On” by Blake Shelton
One of the most famous and popular country musicians ever, Blake Shelton could probably have a bunch of songs on this list. One huge hit is the tune “Turnin' Me On,” which was inspired by his then-girlfriend, none other than singer Gwen Stefani. Eventually, they married, and it's pretty clear that this song was all about her – even though Shelton doesn't mention Stefani by name.
However, he does do something that might as well be the same thing. He name-drops the cosmetics company she has a deal with in the line “She's Revlon red in the blackest night.”
“We've Only Just Begun” by The Carpenters
“We've Only Just Begun” was the beginning of The Carpenters, but it didn't start out as romantic as it ended up. It started out as...a bank commercial. Yes, really. Songwriter Paul Williams made a tune for a bank that would play during an advertisement, and brother-sister-act Richard and Karen Carpenter liked the tune so much they asked Williams to modify and expand it so they could turn it into a hit.
It worked, and it reached number two on the charts. It was their second hit, and it was also the song that launched Williams's career.