Singers and songwriters are known to draw inspiration from many sources, from their personal relationships, a tragic incident or even a time in history that had created an impact to society. Of course, we all know certain songs like Elton John’s “Candle in the Wind” and Wiz Khalifa’s “See You Again” are tributes to people who have died, but did you know these 10 other songs are also tributes?
1. ‘Who Knew’ — P!nk
P!nk wrote this song for a late friend who died of a drug overdose when P!nk was 14 years old.
2. ‘Wake Me Up When September Ends’ — Green Day
This Green Day hit from their iconic 2004 album American Idiot is actually about lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong’s dad. Andrew Armstrong died from oesophageal cancer in September 1982 when Billie was ten years old.
3. ‘Fair Chance’ — Thundercat feat. Ty Dolla $ign & Lil B
When, Mac Miller passed away from an accidental drug overdose at his home, news of his death rocked the music world, and many of his contemporaries have since paid tribute to him. This one’s for him.
4. ‘Hear You Me’ — Jimmy Eat World
Supposedly the song is about twins Mykel and Carli Allan, who were big into the early-90s LA rock scene. The pair were killed in a car crash in 1997.
5. ‘Fix You’ — Coldplay
Chris Martin penned iconic sad song “Fix You” from Coldplay’s third studio album X&Y in memory of his then wife Gwyneth Paltrow’s father, Bruce.
6. ‘The Greatest’ — Sia
The Greatest was actually a powerful melody tribute to the victims of the massacre at Pulse nightclub in Orlando in June 2016. If you couldn’t tell the music video features 49 dancers, including Maddie Ziegler, representing the 49 people who were killed.
7. ‘Revenge’ — XXXTENTACION
X released his debut album called 17, which features multiple songs recounting the suicide of his friend Jocelyn Flores, who killed herself in the bathroom of X’s hotel room while visiting him. XXXTENTACION has said that 17 was made for people struggling with depression, and that the entire album is an “entry” in to his mind.
8. ‘7 Years’ — Lukas Graham
In the song, Lukas recounts his own life up until the age of 60, if you listen hard enough he stopped at certain milestones. The reason he doesn’t go past 60 years old? Lukas’s own father died at 61.
9. ‘The Edge Of Glory’ — Lady Gaga
Who knew that Lady Gaga’s massive 2011 disco hit was a tribute to her grandfather? I certainly didn’t.
10. ‘Back Home’ — A$AP Rocky
A$AP Rocky’s long time friend, mentor and business partner A$AP Yams, aka Steven Rodriguez, passed away of an accidental drug overdose, aged 26.