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Singers Who Write Songs About Fame & Fortune

Updated on March 23, 2018
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Ready for the spotlights? Some people are in search of popularity for various reasons.
Ready for the spotlights? Some people are in search of popularity for various reasons. | Source

Popularity: a Human Desire

Most people desire to become popular, but some even more! Here are some examples of typical situations:

  • The classic example of teen who likes to be popular in his school, in order for him to feel safe against bullies, or just because he loves to be seen as a leader by his schoolmates.

  • People who want to become popular in order to make their family and friends proud of them. They may have personal ambitions in addition, but they can also be only interested in seeing family and friends happy of them without any other purpose.

The fictional Glee Club has always been recognized as a team of losers a the McKinley High School, but they will be popular one day! One of Glee actors, Chris Colfer, when he was young has been really bullied because he is gay... now he is famous!
The fictional Glee Club has always been recognized as a team of losers a the McKinley High School, but they will be popular one day! One of Glee actors, Chris Colfer, when he was young has been really bullied because he is gay... now he is famous! | Source
  • People who had a difficult past in which they have been bullied and teased, and who want to redeem themselves by becoming popular one day. We can find some examples among real celebrities: Chris Colfer (an american actor, singer and writer) who have been victim of homophobic acts, Liam Payne (a One Direction singer) and other celebrities, who had a difficult past and suddenly redeemed themselves by becoming popular worldwide. Another example can be found in the fictional characters of Glee's TV series: the Glee Club has always been identified as a group of losers, teased by all the school... but one day things change and they become popular.

  • People who believe they are talented and who think to be raising stars (like Rachel Barry in Glee's TV series). These people usually like spotlights and audience's attention, they love exhibitions and shows, and they generally have no problem speaking in front of a lot of people. These desire to become popular because they think they are born to be famous, and so popularity would praise themselves and reward them for their talent (if they really have it).

 
Why you'll love to be popular...
... instead of being a normal person
POPULARITY
Famous people are supported by family and friends, but also by a lot of fans...
If you have a good family and good friends you are lucky and you don't need to be supported by fans (even if you may like it, you don't really need it)... but if you have a difficult family or bad friends, it would be bad not having other people appreciating you.
TALENT & MONEY
If you have talent, people will love you. A good singer will become rich by selling his music
You will not become rich easily, unless you excel at university and you are called for important jobs... or unless you are lucky and you win the lottery one day
Being famous can have various advantages and you will like your popularity...
 
Why you'll prefer being a normal person...
... and not a popular one!
PEACE OF MIND
As a normal person you have more privacy and freedom
If you are a star, you must pay attention to paparazzi, fanatic people, haters and much more! If you are not careful, your privacy is at risk
FREE TIME
Whatever hard is the job you are doing, you'll always have time to stay with your family and with your friends
Even if you are popular you have free time... but not always... if you are a famous singer constantly on tour you will not have many chances to spend free time with your family or with your local friends
... but it also has its disadvantages... so are you really ready to become popular? Are you ready to face with problems fame may cause to you?

And what about you?

Do you think you need to be famous in your life in order to be self-realized?

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One of the most relevant symbols of fame in the world: Hollywood, also called "The city of VIP" and considered the home of entertainment industry.
One of the most relevant symbols of fame in the world: Hollywood, also called "The city of VIP" and considered the home of entertainment industry. | Source

Songs About Fame

Topics about popularity are so important and actual that some singers decided to write and perform songs about fame. Every song covers different aspects of being famous: in this hub you will discover some of them.

Listen to the Song

"Applause" by Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga is a well known pop artist who achieved success all around the world and Applause is one of her best hits, and a perfect example among songs about fame. This song deals with the desire of being famous: the love for the applause (as said in the song's title), for the spotlights, for being praised by people cheering and screaming. In the pop and dance music's world this is one of the most classical examples of songs related to popularity, and you can find Applause even in Just Dance. But Lady Gaga deals with this theme also in other lyrics: there is even an album called The Fame, which is the first realized by the singer, and even a famous song whose title is Paparazzi.

I live for the Applause, Applause, Applause

I live for the Applause-plause

Live for the Applause-plause

Live for the way that you cheer and scream for me

The applause, applause, applause

Give me the thing that I love

(turn the lights on)

Put your hands up, make em touch

(make it real loud)

Give me the thing that I love

(turn the lights on)

Put your hands up, make em touch

(make it real loud)

— Lady Gaga

This song has been released in 2013 and it belongs to the Artpop album. It obtained a great success, as it gained the first rank in Dance / Club Play Songs Billboard chart. It even got more success than other popular songs released by Lady Gaga, like Just Dance and Bad Romance, which have achieved great results as well.

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Listen to the Song

"Popular" from the "Wicked" album

Songs about fame are common in Broadway musicals. This song comes from the famous musical Wicked and it is sung by Kristin Chenoweth, an American singer and actress. It talks about a fictional character, Glinda, who desires to help Elphaba, her roommate, to become popular at college. So in this case the song deals with popularity intended as a way for a teenager (a girl in this case) to be appreciated by other boys. This is the same theme of Glee's TV series and "Popular" is also performed by Glee Cast in the last episode of the last season. This song is also sung by Schmidt when driving car in an episode of New Girl (first season).

You're gonna be popular!

I'll teach you the proper ploys

When you talk to boys

Little ways to flirt and flounce

I'll show you what shoes to wear

How to fix your hair

— Kristin Chenoweth

These lines show what Glinda wants do to: teaching her roommate how to talk to boys, how to flirt, how to dress in order to be accepted by other people. In addition Glinda wants to teach Elphaba every single thing it will helps her to become popular (like being good at sports) and to be loved by boys.

Listen to Mika's Song

A similar song (with the same title and with similar music, even if it has different words and has been made as a pop song instead of as a musical song) has been realized by Mika (featuring Ariana Grande). It achieved a great success and the fact that an important singer like Mika decided to write a new song based on the Wicked version shows how this musical song had been appreciated over years.

"Loser Like Me" by Glee Cast

Songs about fame are quite comon in Glee TV series. This song deals with popularity of students in their schools. It does it in a different way: it talks about being unpopular, being labeled as "losers" at school. This happens to Glee's boys, that's why they decided to perform this original song, which is all related to life of unpopular students at college. But there is also a particular part of the lyrics, which deals with the hypothetical situation in which people bullied and teased will be popular one day:

Push me up against the locker

And hey, all I do is shake it off

I'll get you back when I'm your boss

I'm not thinkin' 'bout you haters

'Cause hey, I could be a superstar

I'll see you when you wash my car

— Glee Cast
The Loser Like Me song's cover. In the cover you see an iced drink, because Glee club's members are often hit with iced drinks by bullies. Some Glee's songs have the iced drink painted in their  covers!
The Loser Like Me song's cover. In the cover you see an iced drink, because Glee club's members are often hit with iced drinks by bullies. Some Glee's songs have the iced drink painted in their covers! | Source

It may be seen as an anticipation of what Glee club members will be in the future: they will finally become popular and all bullies that were at school will have to accept this fact.

"Dollars & Cars" by Finley

There are even Italian songs about fame. In Italy you can find a famous song about popularity (in this case,about the wish of becoming a star and getting rich). The lyrics is written in Italian and the title Diventerai una star can be translated in "You will become a star". But the Italian band, Finley, also made an English version of the song, whose title is "Dollars & Cars".

Listen to this Song

You're gonna be a star (so bright)

The greatest number one (no lies)

Boys wanna be like you

Girls wanna stay with you

You're gonna be a star (so bright)

The greatest number one (no lies)

Full of dollars, playmates, cars

Between boobs and clubs

— Finley

Cool Kids by Echosmith

This is not among songs about fame, but it is related to an aspect which helps people achieving it: being cool. It talks about "cool kids", who have their style and follow fashion... even if not explicitly said in the lyrics, if these people are cool, they may also be popular. In the song the wish of being like these "cool kids" is expressed:

I wish that I could be like the cool kids,

‘Cause all the cool kids, they seem to fit in.

— Echosmith

Listen to the song!

But cool kids are not only represented as happy guys, who live a good life and who seem to have everything can be enjoyed in the world... they are also represented as people uncertain about their lives:

They’re driving fast cars, but they don’t know where they’re going

In the fast lane, living life without knowing

— Echosmith

Do You Know Everything about these Songs?

After having read this article you probably had the opportunity to look at songs about fame you have already heard, but also at songs you didn't know before. Now that you are at this point... do you know everything about the songs listed in this hub?

Try to challenge yourself with this quiz. Just answer the questions (only one answer per question is correct) and try to get the maximum score. There are six questions and four possible answers. There are no prizes, but you can just enjoy a nice time playing with the quiz.

I hope you liked the songs about fame listed in this hub! If you know other songs related to popular, directly or indirectly, feel free to comment this hub by adding the title of the songs you know.

© 2015 Alessio Ganci

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