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The best songs about Hollywood are often observations on big dreams and innocence lostamid the stars and glitz of show business. Musicians with major label contracts either live in or spend a lot of time in L.A., the cradle of the recording industry–so writing songs about Hollywood’s people, scene and culture, and the musician’s relationship to it, is often inevitable. 
 
Some of the greatest Hollywood songs recorded revolve around its fast and loose ethos. In the 70’s, when ambition and excess collided very often and very publicly, The Eagles’s “Life in the Fast Lane” and “Life’s Been Good” were the most damning of the “Love ‘em and Lear ‘em” lifestyle. In the 80’s, leather-clad bards rolled into town from every bus-stop in the country and created not just amazing Hollywood songs, but entire album odes to The (Sunset) Strip’s hedonism. Mötley Crüe’s “Girls, Girls, Girls” and Guns N’ Roses “Appetite for Destruction” are among the best of the bunch. L.A. native sons, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, with their California-fuzz funk, continued the tradition, writing classic songs about Hollywood in the 90’s and aughts with stunners like “Under the Bridge” and “Tell Me Baby.” 
 
Today, the songwriting focus has shifted from what happens to those with too much ambition, talent and money to becoming a prisoner to the funhouse cycle of fame and celebrity. Britney’s “Piece of Me” and Madonna’s “Hollywood” ridicule while making you dance, while Hole spews on “Celebrity Skin.” But it is still the wry and insightful classic rock stalwarts The Kinks, always ahead of their time, who bite the hardest with “Celluloid Heroes.”
  
Not all songs about Hollywood are loaded with cautionary tales of Babylon-style decadence. Sheryl Crow captures the jaunty spirit of palm trees and pools with “All I Wanna Do,” while Randy Newman croons about the virtues of his beloved city in “I Love L.A.”
  
Which song on this list of the best songs about Hollywood do you think should go at the top of the pecking order? Vote it to the top and share some of your personal favorites in the comments section.

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Hollywood is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Songs About Hollywood
Hollywood Madonna

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Welcome to the Jungle Guns N' Roses

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L.A. Woman The Doors

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Fame David Bowie

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American Pie Don MacLean

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Celluloid Heroes The Kinks

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ron-monteleone added The Right Profile The Clash

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Lucky Britney Spears

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ron-monteleone added Man on the Moon R.E.M.

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Candle in the Wind Elton John

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Under the Bridge Red Hot Chili Peppers

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Girls, Girls, Girls Mötley Crüe

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Celebrities Whose Children Committed Suicide

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All I Wanna Do Sheryl Crow

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Hollywood Connie Francis

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Lullaby Shawn Mullins

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Paparazzi Lady Gaga

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Hollywood The Runaways

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Lost in Hollywood System of a Down

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ron-monteleone added Steve McQueen Sheryl Crow

The Best Frankie Goes To Hollywood Albums of All Time

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Hollywood Diary Black Flag

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6 5
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Hollywood Chet Baker, Johnny Mandel, Bill Holman

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Hollywood City Carl Perkins

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Hollywood Nights Bob Seger, Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band

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Gone Hollywood Supertramp

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Old School Hollywood System of a Down

21 Musicians Who Are (Supposedly) in the Illuminati

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Dr. Feelgood Mötley Crüe

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When I Grow Up is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Songs About Hollywood
When I Grow Up The Pussycat Dolls

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ron-monteleone added Breakfast at Tiffany's Deep Blue Something

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Act Naturally The Beatles

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5 5
Life's Been Good is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Songs About Hollywood
Life's Been Good Joe Walsh

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The 30 Hottest High School Girls (Played by Actresses 20+)

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Albert Ralph added Somewhere in Hollywood 10cc

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Star Star The Rolling Stones

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Hollywood Swinging Kool & the Gang

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ron-monteleone added Thriller Michael Jackson

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ron-monteleone added Science Fiction Double Feature Me First and the Gimme Gimmes

The Sexiest Pictures of the 13 Hottest YouTube Celebrities

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Sunset Strip Courtney Love

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5 6
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Hollywood Hills Dawn of the Replicants

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When You're a Celebrity is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Songs About Hollywood

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ron-monteleone added James Dean Eagles

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Hollywood Freaks Beck Hansen

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West L.A. Fadeaway Grateful Dead

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Long Way to Hollywood Hank Williams, Jr.