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8 Most Heartbreaking True Stories Behind Hit Songs, From Pearl Jam to Eric Clapton (Photos)

TheWrap Logo By Brian Welk of TheWrap | Slide 1 of 9: Just because a song is radio-friendly, doesn't mean it was inspired by happiness. Some rousing rock songs and pop anthems have tragic, even heartbreaking backstories behind their lyrics -- even when the song is upbeat. All music comes some kernel of truth and personal experience for the songwriter, but these eight songs all have their roots in some real-life tragedy or story.

Just because a song is radio-friendly, doesn't mean it was inspired by happiness. Some rousing rock songs and pop anthems have tragic, even heartbreaking backstories behind their lyrics -- even when the song is upbeat. All music comes some kernel of truth and personal experience for the songwriter, but these eight songs all have their roots in some real-life tragedy or story.

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