Top 10 Songs About Dealing with Fame

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The Top Ten

1 Moth Into Flame - Metallica

"Seduced by fame
A moth into the flame
Addicted to the
Fame" - Metal_Treasure

2 Limelight - Rush
3 Back Round - Wolfmother
4 Seven Nation Army - The White Stripes
5 C-Lebrity - Queen & Paul Rodgers
6 Fame - Irene Cara
7 Jenny from the Block - Jennifer Lopez
8 Rockstar - Nickelback
9 Paparazzi - Lady Gaga
10 The Monster - Eminem

The Contenders

11 Unendlichkeit - Cro

This song is about Cro's feelings when his career started to get ridiculously huge and how he feels now, about 5 years later.

Cro is one of the most successful and acclaimed artists of the 2010s in Germany, there are even some voices who called him the German Kanye West, both due to his success and due to his unusually high artistic visions (like Kanye, he is not just about the rapping, he wants an overall great musical experience, he produces himself and was very influential in his sound, paving the way for other rappers who are also more melodic). As he sings/raps, he performs in front of several millions of fans, and has so many awards he doesn't even know where to put them. And while you start thinking now this is going to be a bragging song: no, it's not. It's about how he had fully enjoyed living this lifestyle, the insane amount of money, the praise, the fans and more, and how he felt that all of this could buy him immortality, but he started realizing that he, both as a ...more - Martin_Canine

12 Behind the Mask - Michael Jackson
13 Fame - David Bowie
14 Say It Isn't So - Hall & Oates
15 The Memory Remains - Metallica
16 When I Grow Up - The Pussycat Dolls
17 Aura - Lady Gaga
18 The Fame - Lady Gaga
19 Celebrity - Alanis Morissette
20 Pop!ular - Darren Hayes
21 Keep It Simple - Van Morrison
22 In Bloom - Nirvana
23 Applause - Lady Gaga
24 The Dope Show - Marilyn Manson
25 Eraser - Ed Sheeran
26 Pedestal - Jackie Evancho
27 Lonely Tears - Lafee

(German counterpart: "Der Regen fällt")
It's about a child star who has to always play the happy role to please her fans while she actually feels trapped in a golden cage.
LaFee wrote this song herself, so I think it was semi-autobiographic (LaFee actually didn't start songwriting until her third album, and this is from her second album). It is known that LaFee didn't want to play this dark, angstly persona anymore that made her famous, but the label wanted her to continue like this as this lifestyle is what made her top the charts. LaFee wasn't a child star, she was a teenager when her career began (which is a huge difference in Germany), and she played anything but a happy role, but still the parallels are still big. - Martin_Canine

28 Sing for the Moment - Eminem

"But then these critics crucify you, journalists try to burn you / Fans turn on you, attorneys all want a turn at you / To get their hands on every dime you have, they want you to lose your mind every time you mad / So they can try to make you out to look like a loose cannon / Any dispute won't hesitate to produce handguns / That's why these prosecutors wanna convict me, strictly just to get me off of these streets quickly" - Martin_Canine

29 Ghidorah/Legobricks - Dat Adam

Kind of sort of. It is about how they are not interested in stardom and don't want fans who worship them, but want to connect to their followers as loyal friends that understand their movement, passion and values, rather than fans. They want to spread vibes, make music that gets through to people and get messages across, not become icons or celebrities.
So, this song is in a way how they deal with fame, by saying that they not really want this kind of fame.
And I actually believe them. I mean, they deleted their YouTube channel and waited months before releasing music, having waited for their internet fame to die out, and turned down a major label contract in favor of founding an indie label. Both their debut EP and debut album peaked at number 5 on the German album charts though. - Martin_Canine

30 Help! - The Beatles
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