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* NightmareFuel: The penultimate verse of "American Pie" obliquely but hauntingly references the murder of Meredith Hunter at a Music/RollingStones concert, with the narrator saying "[he] saw Satan laughing with delight" at the killing.


* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff - "Crying" and "Vincent" did much better in the UK, both reaching #1 (in fact they did ''better'' than "American Pie" which reached #2). In fact, the parent album of "Crying", ''Chain Lightning'', was released in Europe almost three years before it came out in America, and it was the #1 success of "Crying" in the UK that prompted the song and album to finally get an American release.

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* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff - "Crying" and "Vincent" did much better in the UK, both reaching #1 (in fact they did ''better'' than "American Pie" which reached #2). In fact, the The parent album of "Crying", ''Chain Lightning'', [[ShortRunInPeru was released in Europe Europe]] almost three years before it came out in America, and it was the #1 success of "Crying" in the UK that prompted the song and album to finally get an American release.


* EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory: The well known "American Pie" is about the plane crash that killed Music/BuddyHolly, Music/RitchieValens, and Music/TheBigBopper.
** Or so we assume. Reportedly when [=McLean=] himself was asked, he replied "What is the meaning of 'American Pie'? [[MathematiciansAnswer It means I never have to work again]]."

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* EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory: The well known "American Pie" is about the plane crash that killed Music/BuddyHolly, Music/RitchieValens, and Music/TheBigBopper.
** Or so we assume.
Music/TheBigBopper. That much has been confirmed. The rest of the lyrics have been much-discussed as being an extended metaphor about the evolution of {{Rock}}, with many guesses as to the identities of the names and places. The King (Music/ElvisPresley), The Jester (Music/BobDylan) and The Marching Band (Music/TheBeatles) seem to be widely agreed-upon, but many of the others are still disputed. Reportedly when [=McLean=] himself was asked, asked about it, he replied "What is the meaning of 'American Pie'? [[MathematiciansAnswer It means I never have to work again]]."


* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff - "Crying" and "Vincent" did much better in the UK, both reaching #1 (in fact they did ''better'' than "American Pie" which reached #2.)

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* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff - "Crying" and "Vincent" did much better in the UK, both reaching #1 (in fact they did ''better'' than "American Pie" which reached #2.)#2). In fact, the parent album of "Crying", ''Chain Lightning'', was released in Europe almost three years before it came out in America, and it was the #1 success of "Crying" in the UK that prompted the song and album to finally get an American release.


** To a lesser extent, Music/{{Madonna}}'s cover was this after Weird Al's parody, with lots of fans asking why Madonna was singing an unfunny version of a Weird Al song.

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** To a lesser extent, Music/{{Madonna}}'s cover was this after Weird Al's parody, with lots of fans asking why Madonna was singing an unfunny version of a Weird Al song.song.
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* SignatureSong: "American Pie", full stop.


* WeirdAlEffect: His kids were such big fans of Music/WeirdAlYankovic and have played "The Saga Begins" so much, that even Don has mixed up some of the lyrics of "American Pie" with the parody while performing it.

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* WeirdAlEffect: His kids were such big fans of Music/WeirdAlYankovic and have played "The Saga Begins" so much, that even Don has mixed up some of the lyrics of "American Pie" with the parody while performing it.it.
** To a lesser extent, Music/{{Madonna}}'s cover was this after Weird Al's parody, with lots of fans asking why Madonna was singing an unfunny version of a Weird Al song.


* EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory: The well known "American Pie" is about the plane crash that killed Music/BuddyHolly, Ritchie Valens, and The Big Bopper.

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* EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory: The well known "American Pie" is about the plane crash that killed Music/BuddyHolly, Ritchie Valens, Music/RitchieValens, and The Big Bopper.Music/TheBigBopper.


* ToughActToFollow: "American Pie"

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* ToughActToFollow: "American Pie"''Music/AmericanPie'' was a commercial and critical success, but he never managed to duplicate it.


* CoveredUp - "And I Love You So" is one of his songs, but has been covered by Elvis and was a hit for Perry Como. In reverse, [=McLean=]'s "Crying," a huge hit, was originally performed by Roy Orbison.
* EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory - The well known "American Pie" is about the plane crash that killed Music/BuddyHolly, Ritchie Valens, and The Big Bopper

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* CoveredUp - CoveredUp: "And I Love You So" is one of his songs, but has been covered by Elvis and was a hit for Perry Como. In reverse, [=McLean=]'s "Crying," a huge hit, was originally performed by Roy Orbison.
* EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory - EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory: The well known "American Pie" is about the plane crash that killed Music/BuddyHolly, Ritchie Valens, and The Big BopperBopper.



* GeniusBonus - Several. "American Pie" contains references to events and people who were notable in [=McLean's=] childhood. Furthermore, "the Levee" is not a levee, but a bar (giving the phrase "but the Levee was dry" an entirely new meaning).

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* GeniusBonus - GeniusBonus: Several. "American Pie" contains references to events and people who were notable in [=McLean's=] childhood. Furthermore, "the Levee" is not a levee, but a bar (giving the phrase "but the Levee was dry" an entirely new meaning).



* ToughActToFollow - "American Pie"
* WeirdAlEffect - His kids were such big fans of Weird Al and have played "The Saga Begins" so much, that even Don has mixed up some of the lyrics of "American Pie" with the parody while preforming it.

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* ToughActToFollow - SecondVerseCurse: Because "American Pie" was so long, it was released originally on a dual-sided single. Some radios only played Part One.
* ToughActToFollow:
"American Pie"
* WeirdAlEffect - WeirdAlEffect: His kids were such big fans of Weird Al Music/WeirdAlYankovic and have played "The Saga Begins" so much, that even Don has mixed up some of the lyrics of "American Pie" with the parody while preforming performing it.


* TechnicianVersusPerformer: A superb singer and songwriter, but also the only performer [[{{Tropers/Whitewings}} this troper]] has ever seen who actually has a negative stage presence.


* TechnicianVersusPerformer: A superb singer and songwriter, but also the only performer [[Tropers/Whitewings this performer]] has ever seen who actually has a negative stage presence.

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* TechnicianVersusPerformer: A superb singer and songwriter, but also the only performer [[Tropers/Whitewings [[{{Tropers/Whitewings}} this performer]] troper]] has ever seen who actually has a negative stage presence.

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* TechnicianVersusPerformer: A superb singer and songwriter, but also the only performer [[Tropers/Whitewings this performer]] has ever seen who actually has a negative stage presence.

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