Five Best Don McLean Songs That Aren’t ‘American Pie’
Don McLean is best known for the #1 smash hit "American Pie", but his catalog of hits goes deeper than that one big hit. Here's a look at the best five Don McLean songs that aren't titled "American Pie."
"Vincent" was the follow up to "American Pie" and did extremely well on the charts climbing all the way up to #12. McLean wrote the song as a tribute to the famous artist, who lived a tortured life. Of the song, McLean said, "It makes you glad to be unhappy."
Roy Orbison wrote "Crying" and took it all the way to #2 in 1961. Twenty years later, Don McLean slowed it down and took it up to #5 - his final top 10 hit.
In a case of "if at first you don't succeed", Don McLean took "Castles in the Air" to #36 in 1981, after failing to crack the top 40 with the same song in 1972. It's vintage McLean in his relaxed, laid back style.
A lot of artists put "Since I Don't Have You" on the charts beginning with the Skyliners in 1958, and later on the Four Seasons, the Vogues, Rick Nelson, Barbra Streisand, Art Garfunkel, Ronnie Milsap, and Guns 'n Roses. Don McLean took it to #23 in 1981.
"AND I LOVE YOU SO" was another often covered song, but in the case, it was Don McLean who wrote the lyrics and released it on his 1970 debut album "Tapestry". But, it was Perry Como who took the song to #1 on the Adult Contemporary Chart in 1973. The song also became a regular concert staple for Elvis.