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The perfect muse: 6 songs with women's names in their titles

Gloria, Billie Jean, Roxanne ... we love to sing about these mysterious ladies.

One of Sting's most popular songs "Roxanne" was inspired by a character in the play "Cyrano de Bergerac."One of Sting's most popular songs "Roxanne" was inspired by a character in the play "Cyrano de Bergerac."One of Sting's most popular songs "Roxanne" was inspired by a character in the play "Cyrano de Bergerac." (Photo: Sylvain Thomas / AFP/Getty Images)

There are so many great songs about women. Whether they are written about the one that got away, the one that broke your heart, the love of your life, or the one you passed on the subway – we can all relate. Here are six songs by artists singing to that someone special.

'Gloria' by Laura Branigan

Let’s kick this list off with an upbeat tune from American singer-songwriter Laura Branigan. “Gloria” became a smash hit in 1982, jumping into the Billboard Hot 100 upon its release and remaining there for 36 straight weeks. With this feat, Branigan set the record for longest time a female artist’s single has stayed on the Hot 100 chart. Since then, the song became platinum certified and won a Grammy for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. This catchy tune will have you singing “Glori-aaaaaaaaaaa” all day long.


'Pandora' by Men of the North Country

Men of the North Country, a soul band from Israel, released this catchy tune in 2012 on their album “The North.” The band consists of a drummer, a guitarist, a bassist and a three-piece brass section. They formed in 2008 and were signed to the London-based record label Acid Jazz. The song is about a quest for a girl named Pandora. In the music video, it appears the band is taking a road trip to find the girl, with the brass section in the back seat of the car. The singer repeats “Where are you girl? / Where are you Pandora?” With fun, upbeat tunes like this, Men of the North Country are a group to keep your eye on.


'Roxanne' by The Police

“Roxanne” is an undeniable classic, released in 1978 by the British rock band The Police. The song came out on their debut album “Outlandos d’Amour” and reached No. 12 on the U.K. singles chart and No. 32 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. Since its release, it was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame and was included in Rolling Stone’s list of 500 Greatest Songs of All time. The song was written by frontman Sting and has been covered by multiple artists, including Puff Daddy, Michael Franti and Fall Out Boy.


'Rhiannon' by Fleetwood Mac

This hit, written by Stevie Nicks, is one of the most popular “name” songs of all time. In live performances, Nicks was known to introduce the song by saying, “This is a song about an old Welsh witch.” It was released in 1975 and reached No. 11 on the U.S. Billboard chart. Since its success in the '70s, “Rhiannon” has been named one of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time by Rolling Stone magazine. Check out the video above to see a powerful live performance.


'Brandy' by Looking Glass

The next song on our list is a lighthearted hit from the American pop music group Looking Glass. “Brandy” was released in 1972 and quickly reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song has sold over a million copies and has been used in a variety of movies including "Lords of Dogtown," "Say Anything" and "Charlie’s Angels." The song made such an impression on pop culture that the name Brandy increased in popularity after it debuted. In 1973, the year after the song’s release, Brandy jumped from 353rd to the 82nd most popular name for girls in the U.S.


'Billie Jean' by Michael Jackson

Closing out the list is a song that will make you want to get up and dance. American pop icon Michael Jackson released “Billie Jean” in 1982 on the album “Thriller.” To this day it holds the record for the best-selling album of all time, spawning hits like “Wanna Be Startin Somethin’,” “Thriller,” “Beat It” and “P.Y.T.” The song “Billie Jean” received worldwide success. It won two Grammys – for best R&B song and best male R&B vocal performance – as well as an American Music Award for Favorite Pop/Rock Single. The video above shows Jackson’s legendary 1984 Grammy performance – check out those moves!

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