YMMV / Randy Newman

  • Covered Up: Newman is better known for the songs he's written than the versions he's put out. "You Can Leave Your Hat On" is the most common case.
  • Fridge Horror: In-Universe with "Only a Girl." By the end of the song, he realizes she only likes him for his money.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The line in "They got little baby legs that stand so low/Gotta pick 'em up just to say hello" from "Short People" seemed to predict the "How to talk to short people" meme.
  • Misaimed Fandom: Newman is arguably a textbook case: for every fan that gets he's being sarcastic, there are two that don't. Largely it's thanks to his tendencies to compose piano ballads, usually in old-fashioned styles like ragtime, that make his music seem like easy listening. It doesn't help that the irony is sometimes very subtle: "Jolly Coppers On Parade" is a good example.
  • Nightmare Fuel: "In Germany Before the War", a solemn, melancholic song about a child murderer.
  • Recycled Script: Some feel he has a tendency to recycle his songs' themes, though this is largely with his film songs and scores, and less so with his independent albums. This is not to say he doesn't do this on his albums. "A Few Words In Defense Of Our Country" borrows nearly the entire melody from "If I Didn't Have You."
  • We're Still Relevant, Dammit!: Invoked with "I'm Dead (But I Don't Know It)," a song about rock stars who keep their careers going even when they know their best years are behind them.