Grace Kelly, Tim McGraw, Barbra Streisand: 10 stars with songs named after them and the stories behind the hits

The stories, rumours and truths about the famous songs named after famous people

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Taylor Swift might have only been 16 when she released the track Tim McGraw in 2006, but it's taken another 15 years for country music star McGraw to talk about how he felt having a song named for him.

Admitting that he was "a little apprehensive" to discover the country-turned-pop music ingenue had named one of her songs in his honour, the 53-year-old told Apple Music Country this week: "I thought: 'Have I gotten to that age now to where they're singing songs about me? Does that mean I've jumped the shark a bit? Is everything still cool?'" he told host Alecia Davis.

“And then I realised that somebody had told me that she was in her seventh-grade math class when she wrote the song, so it made me feel a little bit better about that because she was so young writing it. So, I didn’t feel like I was that terribly old.”

As McGraw finally embraces his namesake track, we reveal nine more songs that were written about and named after real people, and how they came about.

Scroll through the gallery above for the stories behind these famous namesake tracks ...


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