Carly Simon

You're So Vain

Composed by Carly Simon

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Singer/songwriter Carly Simon's "You're So Vain" is a fun song, and not just because of its catchy musical content. The song spawned a guessing game among the public as to who Simon was referring to when she wrote the song. Was it her husband, James Taylor, or actor Warren Beatty, or rocker Mick Jagger, or was the song's despicable character a composite of all three? Simon never fussed up for sure and the public has their own most "likely suspect." Produced by Richard Perry, the million-selling "You're So Vain" had a three-week run at number one pop and a two-week stay at number one adult contemporary in early 1973. It was included on her gold No More Secrets album, which held the number one pop spot for five weeks. The song earned her a Grammy nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. Carly Simon cameoed on "Son of a Gun (I Betcha Think This Song Is About You)," a track from Janet Jackson's 200l CD All for You.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
No Secrets 1972 Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab 4:18
No Image 1974 Asylum
The Best of Carly Simon 1975 ATG / Atlantic / Elektra 4:18
No Image 1981 Pickwick
Greatest Hits Live 1988 K2
No Image 1988 IRIS
Singers & Songwriters: 40 Hits, All Orignal Recordings [Time-Life] 1990
Various Artists
Time/Life Music
Sounds of the Seventies: Seventies Generation 1992
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 4:17
Masterpieces 1993
Various Artists
WEA
Only Rock 'N Roll 1970-1974: 20 Pop Hits 1994
Various Artists
JCI Associated Labels 4:17
No Image 1994 Elektra 4:17
Natural Woman [Import] 1995
Various Artists
BMG 4:18
Clouds in My Coffee 1966-1996 1995 Arista 4:18
Divas of Pop 1996
Various Artists
GNP/Crescendo 4:18
The Best of Woman to Woman 1996
Various Artists
Polygram
Billboard Top Soft Rock Hits: 1973 1997
Various Artists
Rhino 4:20
Have a Nice Decade: The 70s Pop Culture Box 1998
Various Artists
Rhino 4:20
Rolling Stone Women in Rock 1998
Various Artists
Razor & Tie 4:17
The Very Best of Carly Simon: Nobody Does It Better 1998 Global/Warner 4:20
70's Greatest Rock Hits, Vol. 3: High Times 1998
Various Artists
Priority Records
Billboard Top Soft Rock Hits: 1970-1974 1999
Various Artists
Rhino 3:35
Pure 70's 1999
Various Artists
Polygram / Polygram 4:17
Dick [Virgin] 1999
Original Soundtrack
Virgin 4:17
Best of the Best: 70's Pop & Rock, Vol. 1 1999
Various Artists
Primary Colors 4:16
Respect: A Century of Women in Music 1999
Various Artists
Rhino
A Woman's Voice [Polygram] 2000
Various Artists
UTV / Polygram 4:19
Number One 70's 2000
Various Artists
PolyGram 4:13
Casey Kasem: America's Top 10 Through the Years 2000
Various Artists
Top Sail Productions 4:20
Women & Song 2000
Various Artists
Warner Music 4:20
No Image 2000
Various Artists
Realm Records 4:17
Casey Kasem: America's Top 10 Through Years - The 70's 2001
Various Artists
Top Sail Productions 4:20
Singers and Songwriters: 1970-1972 2001
Various Artists
Time/Life Music
Anthology 2002 Rhino 4:19
Songs of Love 2002
Various Artists
Warner Elektra Atlantic Corp. / Warner Music / WEA
Music of the Millennium, Vol. 3 2002
Various Artists
Universal Distribution
No Image 2002
Various Artists
Warner Music 4:22
The Very Best of Singers and Songwriters 2003
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 4:17
How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days 2003
Original Soundtrack
Virgin 4:18
1973: Where Were You? 2003
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
Seventies Complete 2003
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
No Image 2003 Arista
All the 70's 2003
Various Artists
Warner Bros. 4:19
Women & Songs: Beginnings 2003
Various Artists
WEA International 4:20
Time 100: Music of Our Lives 1960-1980 2004
Various Artists
WEA International 4:19
I Love 70's 2004
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 4:18
Reflections: Carly Simon's Greatest Hits 2004 WEA International 4:19
Simply the Best 70's Album 2004
Various Artists
WEA/Warner
Ultimate 70s Pop 2005
Various Artists
Bmg Tv 4:18
All Woman: Platinum Collection 2005
Various Artists
Warner Music 4:17
Pure 70s Party 2005
Various Artists
Apace 4:07
A Moonlight Serenade on the Queen Mary II 2005 Columbia
70s Music Explosion: Sunshine 2005
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 4:16
Ultimate 16: Lite FM Rock 70s 2006
Various Artists
Madacy 4:20
Billboard #1s: The '70s 2006
Various Artists
Rhino 4:19
Songs for the Broken Hearted [Sony BMG] 2006
Various Artists
Sony BMG
Chick Flicks: The Collection 2006
Various Artists
Warner Music 4:12
Chick Flicks [Warner 2006] 2006
Various Artists
Warner Music 4:17
Classic Soft Rock: Ride Like the Wind 2006
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 4:17
Forever Changing: The Golden Age of Elektra 1963-1973 2007
Various Artists
Elektra / Rhino 4:22
Chick Flicks [Warner] 2007
Various Artists
Warner Music 4:12
California Dreaming: 40 of the Finest West Coast Classics 2007
Various Artists
WEA 4:18
No Image 2007
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 4:17
Karaoke: 100 Hits Woman 2007
Various Artists
100 Hits 4:19
Flower Power [Time Life Box] 2007
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 4:20
Free Spirit 2007
Various Artists
Platinum Legends 4:17
I Love You Mum 2008
Various Artists
Crimson Productions
No Image 2008
Various Artists
Polystar / Universal
Classic Rock [EMI] 2008
Various Artists
EMI 4:15
Alle Hits! Die 70er 2008
Various Artists
Warner Music 4:19
Romancing the 70s: My Love 2008
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 4:18
The Ultimate Love Album 2009
Various Artists
Sight and Sound 4:19
Babski Wieczór, Vol. 2 2009
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 4:18
Collector's Tin Edition 2009 Madacy Distribution / Madacy 4:19
Never Been Gone 2009 Iris Musique 5:08
Simply the Best Seventies Rock 2009
Various Artists
Warner Bros. / Warner Music 4:19
Weekend Songs: Your Essential Weekend Soundtrack 2010
Various Artists
Rhino 4:18
Romancing the '70s 2010
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 4:18
Weekend Songs: The Autumn Collection 2010
Various Artists
Rhino 4:28
Singers & Songwriters [Time-Life Box Set] 2011
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 4:18
Collection RTL Georges Lang 2011
Various Artists
Rhino 4:18
American Anthems II 2011
Various Artists
Sony Music 4:18
Original Album Series 2011 Flashback Records / Rhino 4:18
70s: The Collection 2012
Various Artists
Rhino 4:15
The Old Grey Whistle Test: America 2012
Various Artists
Rhino 4:18
I'm Every Woman: Pop Queens of the Seventies 2014
Various Artists
Sony Music 4:15
100 Hits Woman 2015
Various Artists
100 Hits
Songs from the Trees: A Musical Memoir Collection 2015 Rhino 4:19
100 Hits: 70's [2015]
Various Artists
100 Hits
3/60: Girls Night
Various Artists
Crimson / Crimson Productions 4:19
3/60: The Seventies
Various Artists
Crimson 360 Range / Crimson Productions 4:18
De Pre Historie: 1973, Vol. 1
Various Artists
Eva 4:18
Essential 70's Collection, Vol. 3
Various Artists
Warner Music 4:19
Greatest Movie Songs
Various Artists
Warner Bros. 4:19
Pop Goes the 70s
Various Artists
StarVista / Time/Life Music 4:16
Simply Seventies
Various Artists
Simply
The  Power of Love [Time Life]
Various Artists
Time/Life Music
No Image Rhino 4:22
Top Hits/70's Only Number 1's
Various Artists
Warner Music 4:22
Whata' Wonderful 70's
Various Artists
Warner Music 4:22
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