The singer-songwriters below reveal the sweet inspiration behind their biggest hits which was written for their halves.
1. 23 – Shakira
Despite not being as popular as other hits like ‘Can’t remember to forget you‘ or ‘Dare (la la la)”, “23” is one of the most romantic songs of the international star Shakira. She released the song in 2014 to dedicate herself to the longtime boyfriend 10 years younger than her – handsome player Gerard Piqué. They first met when Piqué appeared in her 2010 World Cup music video of ‘Waka Waka’ along with other players. Currently the couple is the parents of two beautiful boys named Milan and Shasha.
23 was the age of Gerard Piqué at the time the couple announced their relationship. Throughout the song are the soft, mellow guitar sounds and Shakira’s fervent, smooth voice. Singer of ‘Hips Don’t Lie’ expressed that she was lonely, painful and disappointed after ending a bad 11-year relationship with Antonio. However, the appearance of Gerard Piqué brought a light to Shakira’s life, and the singer did not hesitate to assert that the Barcelona player was her destiny and lifelong support in her most sincere lyrics.
2. All Of Me – John Legend
“All of Me” is a hit song by American singer John Legend from his fourth studio album Love in the Future (2013). It is dedicated to Legend’s wife Chrissy Teigen. “All of Me” first aired on American mainstream urban radio as the album’s third single on August 12, 2013.
“All of Me” is a tender piano ballad, which was inspired by his then-fiancée, now wife, model Chrissy Teigen. The couple met in 2007 on the set of his video for “Stereo”. They were then married on September 14, 2013.
When she first heard the song, Chrissy Teigen admitted she was moved to tears even though she wasn’t normally the type of person to cry at things like that. At the same time, Teigen also accepted to appear in the MV All Of Me with his husband.
A live rendition of the song was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Pop Solo Performance at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards.
3. True love – P! Nk ft. Lily Allen
“True Love” is a song written and recorded by American recording artist Pink from her sixth studio album, The Truth About Love (2012).
Pink says that the song is about her relationship with her husband,Carey Hart and she finds the song funny lyrically.This is also the 5th MV with the participation of her husband-a former professional freestyle racing athlete. Unlike other artists who often express their absolute love for their other half in the song, P! Nk wrote the song “ True Love ”, which made fans “half-hearted and funny” because of its humorous truthfulness about life as a live married couple.
Talking about her inspiration for the track, Pink said: “I’ve been in a relationship with this man for 10 years and I’ve figured out no one can push your buttons like your mother or your partner,” and continued: “I have a tattoo on my wrist that says ” with [my husband] Carey [Hart]’s name under it. I think lyrically, it’s really funny and really honest, and people think I’m nuts anyway, so why not tell the truth?”
4. Perfect – Ed Sheeran
Perfect is one of the most famous songs of the born-in-1991 male singer from his third studio album, ÷ (2017).
Ed Sheeran told US Weekly that after attending a party at James Blunt’s house, he and his girlfriend Cherry Seaborn took off their shoes to dance on the lawn together and then they jumped in the pool. It then became the inspiration for Sheeran to write this hit. With poetic lyrics on a romantic acoustic background, Ed Sheeran shows a deep and warm voice that really moved the listeners.
The second version of the single, titled “Perfect Duet”, with American singer Beyoncé was released on 1 December 2017.Another duet with Italian singer Andrea Bocelli, titled “Perfect Symphony”, was released on 15 December 2017.he song and its official music video received three nominations at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards.
5. Malibu – Miley Cyrus
“Malibu” is a song recorded by American singer Miley Cyrus as the lead single from Cyrus’ sixth studio album, Younger Now.The song premiered on Beats 1 on May 11, 2017, and subsequently released for digital download and streaming by RCA Records. It discusses Cyrus’ relationship with then-fiancé and The Last Song co-star, Liam Hemsworth. Critics viewed “Malibu” as indicative of Cyrus’ transition into becoming a more mellow artist, and more removed from her previously controversial image. The song became her ninth top-ten entry on the US Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number ten.
According to ‘The Climb’ hit maker, the song represents finding a new love from an old love, which is also the love story between her and Liam Hemsworth, her husband. Through ‘Malibu’, Miley Cyrus expressed her deep affection for Hemsworth as well as her happiness when she got back to him.