Don McLean About

Don McLean III is an American singer-songwriter born on October 2, 1945.

In 1969 McLean toured with Pete Seeger, whom he credits for teaching him how to perform. While on tour he wrote his debut album Tapestry, which was rejected 72 times from labels before eventually being picked up by Mediarts. Mediarts was eventually taken over by United Artists Records, who were able to promote McLean’s second album American Pie to a wider audience. Both “American Pie” and “Vincent” from this album became #1 hits.

“American Pie” remained at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 21 days in 1972. At 8:36, it is the longest song to ever reach #1.

Subsequent albums did not reach similar commercial success to American Pie, however McLean embarked on numerous successful tours. McLean signed with Millennium Records in 1981.

As a songwriter, McLean’s most popular hits include “And I Love You So” for Perry Como, “Wonderful Baby” for Fred Astaire, and “The Grave” for George Michael.

“American Pie” was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2002. McLean was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2004, awarded by Garth Brooks.

Don McLean Lyricsby Popularity

1 Vincent (Starry Starry Night) Don McLean 30 2 Crying Don McLean 18 3 Addicted To Black Don McLean 14 4 Castles in the Air Don McLean 14 5 And I Love You So Don McLean 13 6 Hit Parade Of Love Don McLean 12 7 Sea Man Don McLean 12 8 Your Cheatin' Heart Don McLean 12 9 Bad Girl Don McLean 12 10 Babylon Don McLean 11 11 Sittin' in the Balcony Don McLean 11 12 Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out Don McLean 11 13 South of the Border Don McLean 11 14 Happy Trails Don McLean 11 15 Aftermath Don McLean 10 16 Count Your Blessings Don McLean 10 17 Prime Time Don McLean 10 18 Over the Mountains Don McLean 10 19 Dreidel Don McLean 10 20 The Waving Man Don McLean 9 21 Superman's Ghost Don McLean 9 22 You Who Love the Truth Don McLean 9 23 The Pattern Is Broken Don McLean 9 24 Ancient History Don McLean 9 25 Oh My What A Shame Don McLean 9 26 Castles in the Air Don McLean 9 27 Mountains O'Mourne [Live] Don McLean 8 28 You Can't Blame the Train Don McLean 8 29 Siamese Twins (Joined at the Heart) Don McLean 8 30 Crazy Don McLean 8 31 Believers Don McLean 8 32 Jump Don McLean 8 33 When Love Begins Don McLean 8 34 Color TV Blues Don McLean 8 35 Mountains O'Mourne Don McLean 8 36 Castles in the Air (Mediarts Version) Don McLean 7 37 Since I Don't Have You Don McLean 7 38 He's Got You Don McLean 7 39 Mother Nature Don McLean 7 40 Fashion Victim Don McLean 7 41 Jerusalem Don McLean 7 42 Dream Lover Don McLean 7 43 It's Just the Sun Don McLean 7 44 Genesis (In the Beginning) Don McLean 7 45 Building My Body Don McLean 7 46 The Legend of Andrew McCrew Don McLean 7 47 You Have Lived Don McLean 7 48 Every Day Don McLean 7 49 General Store Don McLean 7 50 Tapestry Don McLean 7 51 Three Flights Up Don McLean 7 52 La La Love You Don McLean 6 53 Crying Don McLean 6 54 Going for the Gold Don McLean 6 55 La La Love You Don McLean 6 56 Sunshine Life For Me (Sail Away Raymond) Don McLean 6 57 Great Big Man Don McLean 6 58 Tangled (Like A Spider In Her Hair) Don McLean 6 59 You Can't Blame the Train Don McLean 5 60 But Beautiful Don McLean 5 61 It Had To Be You Don McLean 5 62 Change Partners Don McLean 5 63 Crazy Eyes Don McLean 5 64 Love O' Love Don McLean 5 65 Dreidel Don McLean 4 66 Have You Seen Me Don McLean 4 67 Travelin' Man Don McLean 4 68 It Doesn't Matter Anymore Don McLean 4 69 No Reason For Your Dreams Don McLean 4 70 Ain't She A Honey Don McLean 3 71 Stardust Don McLean 3 72 Lovesick Blues Don McLean 3 73 Magdalene Lane Don McLean 3 74 Winter Has Me in Its Grip Don McLean 2