The All Time Greatest Muses in the Music World

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Behind every love song there exists a story of true love. From John Lennon to Mick Jagger to Peter Gabriel to Bob Dylan, these rockstars owe some of their most popular hits to the ladies behind them. Granted, there have been many male muses (it's rumored that Carly Simon's "You're So Vain" is about Warren Beatty and Alanis Morissette's "You Oughta Know" is about Dave Coulier), but the majority of history's most famous muses of rockstars have been women. 

Some of these famous musician muses were pivotal in the careers of multiple musicians, like Pattie Boyd (who was a muse for both George Harrison and Eric Clapton) or Courtney Love (who inspired both Kurt Cobain and Billy Corgan). And some muses inspired people who didn't even know them (Neil Diamond thanks Caroline Kennedy for inspiring the biggest hit of his career).
 
This list includes some of the music's all time greatest muses. They weren't just groupies. They weren't just side pieces. They weren't just flashes in the pan. They were people who helped create some of the best songs to ever be produced, and without them, the world would be missing out on some true musical magic.
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    Linda McCartney is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The All Time Greatest Muses in the Music World
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    Linda Eastman married Paul McCartney in 1969, and from then on was McCartney's mate and inspiration for every love song he wrote from then on out. The Beatles' song "I Will," as well as Wings' "My Love" and Paul's "Maybe I'm Amazed" were all written for Linda, who passed away in 1998 from cancer. "Any love song I write," Paul said in 1997, "is written for Linda."
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    • Age: Died at 57 (1941-1998)
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Entrepreneur, Musician, Film Producer, Actor, + more
    • Cause Of Death: Breast cancer
    • Place Of Death: Tucson, Arizona, United States of America
    • Children: Stella McCartney, James McCartney, Mary McCartney, Heather McCartney
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    Bebe Buell is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The All Time Greatest Muses in the Music World
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    During the 1970s, Bebe Buell was known as a rock muse to the likes of Steven Tyler and Mick Jagger, inspiring some of their top hits. Other rock stars she dated or inspired included Iggy Pop, Jimmy Page, Rod Stewart, Todd Rundgren, and Elvis Costello.

    Buell was the basis for the character Penny Lane in the film Almost Famous, and she is the mother of actress Liv Tyler.
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    • Age: 62
    • Birthplace: Portsmouth, Virginia, United States of America
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Profession: Model, Singer
    • Children: Liv Tyler
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    Edie Sedgwick is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The All Time Greatest Muses in the Music World
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    True, she was Andy Warhol's muse and became his superstar pet and inspiration for many of his films, but musically, Sedgwick also was a muse for the legendary Bob Dylan. When the two dated, Dylan wrote several songs about the would-be star, including "Just Like a Woman" and "Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat." Warhol was livid that Sedgwick had left him to become a muse for Dylan, and it was after this relationship that her drug use spiraled out of control.
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    • Age: Died at 28 (1943-1971)
    • Birthplace: Santa Barbara, California, United States of America
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Profession: Socialite, Model, Actor, Artist
    • Cause Of Death: Drug overdose, Barbiturate overdose, Barbiturate
    • Place Of Death: Santa Barbara, California, United States of America
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    Yoko Ono is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The All Time Greatest Muses in the Music World
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    For better or worse, Yoko Ono was John Lennon's muse. Some say she tore apart The Beatles, however some think she was responsible for helping Lennon create some of his best music. Ono was a painter, sculptor, photographer, singer-songwriter, and and peace activist, and you can see her influence in Lennon songs such as "Oh Yoko," "Dear Yoko," "The Ballad of John and Yoko," and the #2 hit "Woman."
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    • Age: 82
    • Birthplace: Japan, Tokyo
    • Nationality: Japan
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Musician, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Author, + more
    • Children: Sean Lennon, Kyoko Chan Cox
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    Caroline Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The All Time Greatest Muses in the Music World
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    "Sweet Caroline" by Neil Diamond is perhaps the best karaoke song of all time and in 2007, Diamond finally revealed that it was President John F. Kennedy's daughter, Caroline, that inspired the song. After seeing a picture of the girl, Diamond wrote the song that would become the most famous of his career. "It was a picture of a little girl dressed to the nines in her riding gear, next to her pony," Diamond recalled. "It was such an innocent, wonderful picture, I immediately felt there was a song in there."
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    • Age: 58
    • Birthplace: Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA
    • Nationality: France, United States of America
    • Profession: Spokesperson, Editor, Politician, Author, Writer, + more
    • Children: Jack Schlossberg, Rose Schlossberg, Tatiana Schlossberg
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    Marianne Faithfull is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The All Time Greatest Muses in the Music World
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    Marianne Faithfull left her husband to live with Mick Jagger and in turn became the definition of rock star girlfriend. Faithfull is said to have influenced songs including "Sympathy for the Devil," "You Can't Always Get What You Want," "Wild Horses," and "Let's Spend the Night Together." Jagger and Faithfull were together for five years, but after they broke up, she was left penniless and drug-addicted.
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    • Age: 69
    • Birthplace: England, London, Hampstead
    • Nationality: United Kingdom, England
    • Profession: Songwriter, Actor, Singer
    • Children: Nicholas Dunbar
    • Medical Conditions: Breast cancer
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    Pattie Boyd

    Pattie Boyd is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The All Time Greatest Muses in the Music World
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    Pattie Boyd is most famous for being the real Layla in the Eric Clapton song of the same name, as well as the inspiration for his song "Wonderful Tonight." She was also George Harrison's "Something" muse (as well as his wife for many years). When interviewed by ABC News's Elizabeth Vargas about why she was such a strong muse for artists, Boyd responded, "I wish I knew.  Like, I wish I could tell you. I don't know."
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    Courtney Love is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The All Time Greatest Muses in the Music World
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    People love to hate Courtney Love, but Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain considered his wife a true muse. However, before she met Cobain, Love was a muse for Smashing Pumpkins singer Billy Corgan, inspiring the album Siamese Dream. It is also assumed that most of what Cobain wrote was inspired by Love, who many refer to as Generation X's Yoko Ono.
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    • Age: 51
    • Birthplace: San Francisco, California, USA
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Record producer, Guitarist, Songwriter, Musician, + more
    • Children: Frances Bean Cobain
    • Medical Conditions: Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
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