Songs The Best Songs About People  

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According to musicians, people are strange, people are beautiful, and people love to party. We've compiled a list of the best songs about people, from Miley Cyrus to Sly & the Family Stone, and everyone in between. Musicians always seem to have the best insight into the minds of the masses, because they have the distinct ability to set themselves apart from the crowd, and are therefore able to use their keen observational skills to make social commentary about the way we live.  

The Pulp classic, "Common People," riffs on an upper-class girl slumming it with lead singer Jarvis Cocker, while Marilyn Manson makes a strong statement about how the "Beautiful People," don't really pay attention to what's going on right in front of them. Jim Morrison of The Doors went another direction, waxing poetic about how the state of your own mood affects how you view others in "People Are Strange."

What are your favorite songs about people? Vote up the best songs about people below, and be sure to add any that way may have missed.
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28 4
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31 8
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The Doors

3
17 5
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4
19 7
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Sly & the Family Stone

5
19 7
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Depeche Mode

6
22 10
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7
15 4
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Johnny Cash

8
17 6
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Frank Zappa, The Mothers of Invention

9
13 4
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Patti Smith

10
15 6
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14 6
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Randy Newman

12
19 11
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Marilyn Manson

13
10 3
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Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Joan Jett

14
10 4
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Aretha Franklin

15
12 6
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Paul McCartney

16
12 6
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Kate Bush

17
6 1
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18
7 2
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The Stooges

19
12 7
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Rod Stewart, Jeff Beck

20
12 7
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21
8 3
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Ringo Starr

22
12 7
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Depeche Mode

23
8 3
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Dolly Parton

24
12 8
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Neil Young

25
12 8
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26
11 7
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Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney

27
8 4
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Pet Shop Boys

28
7 3
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No Doubt

29
7 3
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Talking Heads

30
6 2
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31
5 1
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32
5 1
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33
10 7
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Scorpions

34
9 6
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Paul McCartney

35
9 6
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36
8 5
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Tina Turner

37
8 5
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Simon and Garfunkel

38
7 4
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The White Stripes

39
7 4
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6 3
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Frank Zappa, The Mothers of Invention

41
6 3
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42
5 2
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43
4 1
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Billy Idol

44
4 1
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45
8 6
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46
6 4
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Chuck Berry

47
6 4
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America

48
5 3
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darren-bell added Empire of the Sun

49
5 3
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The Kinks

50
4 2
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Linda Ronstadt