You're So Vain
Carly Simon
Simon Carly 1973 You're So Vain 45

You walked into the party like you were walking onto a yacht
Your hat strategically dipped below one eye
Your scarf it was apricot
You had one eye in the mirror as you watched yourself gavotte
And all the girls dreamed that they'd be your partner
They'd be your partner, and...
You're so vain, you probably think this song is about you

- backing vocals by Mick Jagger -
1973
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Peak Chart Position
  • No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1973 for three weeks
  • No. 1 on the Adult Contemporary chart in 1973
  • peaked at No. 3 on the UK Singles chart in 1972
  • RIAA certified Gold record
  • from Carly Simon's third studio album, No Secrets (1972)
  • Carly Simon's biggest hit single
  • among the individuals speculated to be the subject of "You're So Vain" include Warren Beatty, Mick Jagger, David Bowie, David Cassidy and Cat Stevens - over the years, Carly Simon has divulged "letter clues", and has claimed that the subject's name contains the letters A, E, and R
  • in 2003, Simon agreed to reveal the name of the song's subject to the highest bidder of the Martha's Vineyard Possible Dreams charity auction - with the top bid of $50,000, Dick Ebersol, president of NBC Sports and a friend of Simon, won the right to know the name of the person "You're So Vain" was written about - Ebersol was given a private performance of the song at Simon's home and Simon whispered the name into his ear - a condition of the prize was that Ebersol would not reveal the person to anyone
  • on the record:
         Carly Simon - lead vocals, piano
         Mick Jagger - backing vocals
         Jimmy Ryan - acoustic guitar, electric guitar
         Klaus Voormann - bass guitar
         Jim Gordon - drums
         Richard Perry - percussion
  • written by Carly Simon
  • produced by Richard Perry
  • recorded at Trident Studios, London, England
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