PLAYLIST: Songs about Boys/Songs about Girls/Songs about Pablo

By Charlotte Freccia ’19

What’s in a name? For the past several decades, some of the most iconic songs being produced have been titled for, inspired by, and directed to unique, singular individuals. From Eric Clapton’s “Layla” to Kanye West’s Pablo, these individuals have been romanticized and come to represent a concept or an archetype rather than a person, furthering their mystique until the listener, meanwhile, is forced to wonder, “Who exactly is Alison?”, “What made Layla the inspiration for an extensive piano coda?”, or “What does it mean to be Pablo and what makes his life so distinctive?”

In honor of the release of Kanye’s newest monolith, here’s a playlist of songs spanning the decade about particularly noteworthy human beings. PS: if anyone wants to write a song called “Charlotte,” you know where to find me.

Alison/Elvis Costello

Iris/Goo Goo Dolls

Julia/The Beatles

Layla/Derek and the Dominoes

Rhiannon/Fleetwood Mac

Valerie/Amy Winehouse

Charlie/Red Hot Chili Peppers

Daniel/Devendra Banhart

Joey/Bob Dylan

Leonard/Sharon Van Etten

Rusty/Tyler, The Creator

Salvatore/Lana Del Rey

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