Billboard #1 Hits: #287: “You’re So Vain”- Carly Simon. January 6, 1973. #1 for 3 weeks. The first of 27 different singles to hit #1 in 1973- 1972 was an impressive year for #1 hits- 1973 looks to be just as fine.
- Single: “You’re So Vain”- Carly Simon
- Record Company- Elecktra
- Genre: Pop
- Written by Carly Simon
- Time: 4:19
- B-side:”His Friends Are More Than Fond Of Robin”
- Album- No Secrets
- Grade: A +
- Peaked at #1 for 3 weeks in Billboard Hot 100. #3 in UK Singles Chart, #1 in Australia, Canada and New Zealand.
Like with “American Pie”- which has had people reading into the lyrics for over five decades now- “You’re So Vain” for decades has had people guessing who Carly Simon wrote the song about- Warren Beatty? Mick Jagger- who sings back up? Richard Milhous Nixon? David Bowie, Cat Stevens? David Cassidy? Simon says- that the second verse only is about Beatty- who believes of course that the entire song is about him.
Klaus Voormann- who the song isn’t about- played the distinctive bass on this hit- he of course being a friend of The Beatles in Germany- and the artist who did the Revolver cover.