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"My biggest fear is Barry Manilow. I think he's the Antichrist."

Barry Manilow (born Barry Alan Pincus, June 17, 1943 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American singer/songwriter famous for composing every song ever written, including hits such as "Mandy"note , "Can't Smile Without You"note , "I Write the Songs"note , "Looks Like We Made It"note  and "Copacabana"note .

He ranks as one of the top-selling artists of all time, as well as enjoying street cred with artists Frank Sinatra and Bob Dylan — about as close to "universal" acclaim as you could get. With the collapse of disco in the '80s, however, Manilow was haunted by his reputation as the least hardcore singer alive. A varied composer, he branched into jazz and blues to keep thing fresh, but found himself somewhat pigeonholed by his old hits. With the exception of "Copacabana" (itself a codifier of Lyrical Dissonance), his uplifting anthems have wringed the most consistent success.


Today he has settled into a kind of wry awareness of his Disco Dan image.

To the surprise of absolutely no one, he came out as gay in 2017.

Is the Trope Maker for Stuck on Band-Aid Brand (he wrote the jingle).


  • Barry Manilow (1973)
  • Barry Manilow II (1974)
  • Tryin' to Get the Feeling (1975)
  • This One's for You (1976)
  • Even Now (1978)
  • One Voice (1979)
  • Barry (1980)
  • If I Should Love Again (1981)
  • Here Comes the Night (1982)
  • 2:00 AM Paradise Cafe (1984)
  • Manilow (1985)
  • Swing Street (1987)
  • Barry Manilow (1989)
  • Because It's Christmas (1990)
  • Showstoppers (1991)
  • Singin' with the Big Bands (1994)
  • Summer of '78 (1996)
  • Manilow Sings Sinatra (1998)
  • Here ar the Mayflower (2001)
  • A Christmas Gift of Love (2002)
  • Scores (2004)
  • The Greatest Songs of The '50s (2006)
  • The Greatest Songs of The '60s (2006)
  • The Greatest Songs of The '70s (2007)
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  • In the Swing of Christmas (2007)
  • The Greatest Songs of The '80s (2008)
  • The Greatest Love Songs of All Time (2010)
  • 15 Minutes (2011)

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