If you haven’t yet made your New Year’s resolutions, we’re here to help. We’ve listed the Top 11 songs about bad habits you should resolve to change in 2015.
Most people will find one or two of their behaviors here. If you need to make all 11 of these New Year’s resolutions, seek professional help…
11. Material Girl by Madonna (Materialism)
After its release in 1984, Madonna said that Material Girl reflected her character. “I’m very career-oriented,” Madonna told Company magazine. “You are attracted to people who are ambitious that way, too, like in the song Material Girl. You are attracted to men who have material things because that’s what pays the rent and buys you furs. That’s the security. That lasts longer than emotions.”
In the music video, Madonna imitates Marilyn Monroe’s performance of Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend from the 1953 film Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Madonna later regretted that the song’s success gave her the nickname “Material Girl.”
“Talk about the media hanging on a phrase and misinterpreting the damn thing as well,” Madonna said in Madonna: An Intimate Biography. “When I’m ninety, I’ll still be the Material Girl.”
Material Girl by Madonna
10. Jealous Guy by John Lennon (Jealousy)
John Lennon’s Jealous Guy first took shape during the Beatles’ time in India with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Inspired by the guru, Lennon wrote Child of Nature, a song that never appeared on the Beatles’ studio albums. In 1971, Lennon kept the melody and added new lyrics about Yoko Ono to create Jealous Guy.
“The lyrics explain themselves clearly: I was a very jealous, possessive guy. Toward everything,” Lennon recalled in All We Are Saying. “A very insecure male. A guy who wants to put his woman in a little box, lock her up, and just bring her out when he feels like playing with her. She’s not allowed to communicate with the outside world – outside of me – because it makes me feel insecure.”
But Paul McCartney said in 1985 that he believed Lennon wrote Jealous Guy about him. “He used to say, ‘Everyone is on the McCartney bandwagon,’ the singer told Playgirl magazine. “He wrote I’m Just a Jealous Guy, and he said that the song was about me. So I think it was just some kind of jealousy.”
Jealous Guy by John Lennon
9. Fat Bottomed Girls by Queen (Gluttony)
“With Fat Bottomed Girls, I was trying to write about the feelings I had about being on the road,” Queen guitarist Brian May told Uncut magazine. “Good title, too, in my opinion.” The 1978 track was released as a double A-side with Bicycle Race. The two are often played together on classic rock stations.
May told Absolute Radio that Fat Bottomed Girls was inspired by fans who attend their concerts: “A lot of girls and boys who just devote their lives to living the dream in their particular way. So this song was really inspired by them. And they didn’t have to be beautiful girls, they didn’t have to be pretty boys or whatever, they’re just people whose hearts were in it. They’re the people you’re speaking to. They’re the people you see in your line of sight when you’re playing on a tour. In a sense they’re the lifeblood because in a sense they’re your first line of connection to an audience.”
Fat Bottomed Girls by Queen
8. You’re So Vain by Carly Simon (Vanity)
Fans have long debated the identity of the man who inspired Carly Simon’s You’re So Vain. Warren Beatty tops the list of suspected celebrities that includes James Taylor, Kris Kristofferson and David Bowie. Mick Jagger, another suspect, performed backing vocals on the song.
“He happened to call at the studio while I was doing the background vocals with Harry Nilsson,” Simon explained on CBS This Morning. “Mick said, ‘Hey, whatcha doin’?’ and I said, ‘We’re doing some backup vocals on a song of mine, why don’t you come down and sing with us?’
“Harry was such a gentleman, he knew that the chemistry was between me and Mick in terms of the singing and so he sort of bowed out and said, ‘You know, the two of you have a real blend – you should do it yourselves.’”
Four decades later, Simon has still not solved the mystery of the song’s inspiration for curious fans. “You know, I could never solve it,” Simon said on CBS Sunday Morning. “Because if I solved it, then no one would have anything to talk to me about.”
You’re So Vain by Carly Simon
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