American Pie is a popular folk rock song that made it to the number 1 position in the United States, where it stayed for four weeks in 1972. The song is famous for the somewhat cryptic lyrics that are thought to be related to a light plane crash that killed rock and roll artists Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J. P. Richardson (“The Big Bopper”). This event was referred to in the song as “The Day the Music Died” and this term has been widely used for the crash since the release of the song. If you have ever wondered who sang this popular song, keep reading to find out.
Who sang American Pie?
American Pie was written and sung by Don McLean. It was released in 1971 on the album of the same name. The song is widely considered to be McLean’s signature song and he still performs it at various events and concerts around the world. The single was re-released in 1991.
There have been many cover versions of the song, but the most well known was performed by Madonna. She released her version of the song in 2000 and it was instantly popular, reaching number 1 in many countries. Her version was a cut down of the original song at just four and a half minutes, compared with the original at eight and half minutes.
Did you know?
Don McLean gave permission for “Weird Al” Yankovic to create a parody of the song in 1999 titled “The Saga Begins,” which retells the plot of Star Wars Episode I.
On the same album as American Pie, McLean released the song “Vincent.” This song was a tribute to Vincent van Gogh and is often referred to as “Starry Starry Night.”