Songs The Best Songs About Hollywood  

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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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97 88
Hollywood is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Songs About Hollywood
Madonna

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43 39
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Guns N' Roses

3
39 35
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The Doors

4
37 33
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Lady Gaga

5
26 22
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David Bowie

6
17 14
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System of a Down

7
15 12
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Sheryl Crow

8
12 9
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ron-monteleone added The Clash

9
25 23
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The Runaways

10
24 22
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Bob Seger, Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band

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19 17
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System of a Down

12
17 15
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17 15
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ron-monteleone added R.E.M.

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14 12
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ron-monteleone added Deep Blue Something

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12 10
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Shawn Mullins

16
12 10
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Mötley Crüe

17
11 9
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11 9
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The Beatles

19
29 28
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Britney Spears

20
8 6
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Grace Jones

21
8 6
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Chet Baker, Johnny Mandel, Bill Holman

22
7 5
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23 22
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Don MacLean

24
16 15
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Elton John

25
31 31
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The Kinks

26
15 14
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Mötley Crüe

27
14 13
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Red Hot Chili Peppers

28
12 11
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9 8
When I Grow Up is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Songs About Hollywood
The Pussycat Dolls

30
7 6
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ron-monteleone added Me First and the Gimme Gimmes

31
10 10
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Connie Francis

32
7 7
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ron-monteleone added Sheryl Crow

33
7 7
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Black Flag

34
6 6
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Dawn of the Replicants

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6 6
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ron-monteleone added Eagles

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5 5
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37
5 5
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Carl Perkins

38
5 5
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The Pretenders

39
5 5
When You're a Celebrity is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Songs About Hollywood

40
5 5
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Rufus Wainwright

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4 4
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Beck Hansen

42
4 4
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Killing Joke

43
4 4
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4 4
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Supertramp

45
3 3
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Albert Ralph added 10cc

46
3 3
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Sleater-Kinney

47
7 8
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7 8
Life's Been Good is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Songs About Hollywood
Joe Walsh

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7 8
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ron-monteleone added Michael Jackson

50
5 6
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Stone Temple Pilots