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Well-Known Songs With "Famous" in the Title

Updated on February 25, 2019

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None of these are as famous as Fame, but they should be familiar

In anticipation of the upcoming concert, I naturally revisited some of my favorite albums by the artist. As I listened to his 1983 record called Fame And Wealth, I found it very much in character that Loudon Wainwright would leave the title track for last.

It is also very much typical that the song about fame and wealth would be the shortest on the album, running well under two minutes. After all, he spent his career writing personal songs that were either too clever or too self-effacing to earn him limitless amounts of either stardom or riches, in spite of making the best tune ever with the word Fame in its title.

Granted, David Bowie had a number one hit with "Fame", but it is a bit too commercial compared to Wainwright's title track. So "Fame" is more famous, an adjective that, ironically, has never appeared in a song that reached number one.

Here are nine "Famous" songs that are certainly worthy of earning fame.

Famous Groupies by Paul McCartney and Wings
Sir Paul had not made anything as delightful as this London Town tune since he wrote "When I'm Sixty-Four" for Sgt. Pepper and "Ob-la-Di-Ob-la-Da" for the White Album.

Famous Tracheotomies by Okervill River
To open the In the Rainbow Rain album from 2018 Wil Sheff wrote with the leader of the Kinks Ray Davies, who like Sheff had actually undergone a tracheotomy as a child.

Famous by Lady Antebellum
This alt country group used this it to close out its 2017 album Heart Break, which also spawned the singles "You Look Good" and the title track.

Famous Girl by Chris Brown
Two decades after Hall and Oates hit the Top Ten with "Rich Girl", Brown scored with this single.

Famous Blue Raincoat by Leonard Cohen
The late musical poet was well-known, primarily because of beautiful tracks like this, but with his talent it is a travesty that he should not have been even more famous.

Famous In a Small Town by Miranda Lambert
The pop star made a hit out of the re-phrasing of an age old concept, a big fish in a small pond.

The Famous Final Scene by Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band
With a title like this it would have to close the album Stranger In Town, which contained classics like "Hollywood Nights", "Feel Like a Number", "Still the Same" and "We've Got Tonight."

Famous Flower of Manhattan by the Avett Brothers
Four Thieves Gone is the album on which this tune can be found, a collection subtitled The Robbinsville Sessions after the North Carolina town where the folk band recorded it.

Lifestyle of the Rich And Famous by Good Charlotte
This hit was the first single from the rock band's sophomore album, The Young and Hopeless.


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