Carly Simon

You're So Vain

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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 Elektra 4:17
The Best of Carly Simon 1975 Elektra 4:17
No Image 1981 Pickwick
Singers & Songwriters [Time Life] 1990
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 4:20
Singers & Songwriters: 40 Hits, All Orignal Recordings [Time-Life] 1990
Various Artists
Time / Life Music
AM Gold: 1973 1992
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 4:19
Sounds of the Seventies: Seventies Generation 1992
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 4:17
Masterpieces 1993
Various Artists
WEA 0:00
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
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
No Image 1998
Various Artists
Razor & Tie 4:19
No Image 1998
Various Artists
Razor & Tie
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 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 0:00
A Woman's Voice [Polygram] 2000
Various Artists
UTV / Polygram 4:19
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
Singers & Songwriters: 1972-1973 2000
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 4:18
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
Anthology 2002 Rhino 4:19
Music of the Millennium, Vol. 3 2002
Various Artists
Universal Distribution
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
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
Reflections: Carly Simon's Greatest Hits 2004 BMG Heritage 4:20
All Woman: Platinum Collection 2005
Various Artists
Warner Music 4:17
Ultimate 16: Lite FM Rock 70s 2006
Various Artists
Madacy 4:20
Billboard #1s: The '70s 2006
Various Artists
Rhino 4:20
Forever Changing: The Golden Age of Elektra 1963-1973 2007
Various Artists
WEA International 4:19
Chick Flicks [Warner] 2007
Various Artists
Warner Music 4:12
Classic Rock [EMI] 2008
Various Artists
EMI 4:15
The Best of 1973: 20th Century Masters 2008
Various Artists
20th Century Masters
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
Romancing the '70s 2010
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 4:16
Now! 1970's 2010
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 4:17
Singers & Songwriters [Time-Life Box Set] 2011
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 4:18
Original Album Series 2011 Flashback Records / Rhino 4:18
70s: The Collection 2012
Various Artists
Rhino 4:15
Playlist: The Very Best of Carly Simon 2014 Arista / Legacy / Sony Legacy 4:46
Completely Under the Covers 2015 Edsel 4:23
Songs from the Trees: A Musical Memoir Collection 2015 Elektra / Rhino 4:19
Acoustic '70s [Warner] 2017
Various Artists
Rhino / Warner Music
100 Greatest Heartbreak
Various Artists
Rhino 4:22
Girls Run the World
Various Artists
Rhino 4:22
Greatest Movie Songs
Various Artists
Warner Bros. 4:19
Hits Of The 70s [2019]
Various Artists
Rhino 4:22
Pop Goes the 70s
Various Artists
StarVista / Time / Life Music 4:16
The Greatest Love Songs of the '70s
Various Artists
Time Life 4:17
The Power of Love [Time Life]
Various Artists
Time / Life Music
The Studio Album Collection 1971-1983 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