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Songs About The Circus

I have fond childhood memories of the circus. I remember being truly amazed by the clowns, lions, elephants, acrobats and other circus spectacles that were larger than life at the time. It was under the big top where I experienced live entertainment for the very first time.

In addition to the animals, comedy, costumes, food and smells, music also played a big part in the experience.

This playlist does not feature the actual music you would hear at the circus -- for that check out the compilation albums produced by Sounds of the Circus South Shore, or the single-disc compilation Under the Big Top: 100 Years of Circus Music  -- these records have all the traditional circus music you'll ever need, and would be the perfect background music for your circus-themed party or event. 

For my playlist I wanted to select a good number of songs that reference the circus and its themes, but as performed by well-known popular music artists. In other words, this is a circus themed song list that won't drive you batty with repetitive calliope droning nor overly dramatic marches.

Songs About The Circus

1. When The Circus Comes - Los Lobos

2. Wild Billy's Circus Story - Bruce Springsteen

3. My Mother Was A Chinese Trapese Artist - The Decemberists 

4. Circus - Tom Waits

5. Bring On The Dancing Horses - Echo & The Bunnymen

6. I Want Out Of The Circus - Cracker 

7. Circus - Eric Clapton

8. Acrobat - U2 

9. Send In The Clowns - Sarah Vaughan 

10. Circus - The Jam 

11. Circus - Lenny Kravitz

12. Pocket Of A Clown - Dwight Yoakam

13. Virgo Clowns - Van Morrison 

14. Tightrope - Stevie Ray Vaughan

15. Circus Girl - Rod Picott

16. Spinning Wheel - Blood, Sweat & Tears 

17. Circus - John Denver

18. Circus On The Moon - Bruce Hornsby 

19. Sad Clown - Sarah McLachlan

20. Fire Eater - Three Dog Night 

21. The Juggler - Weather Report

22. Circus Waltz - Sweetback 

23. Elephants - Adrian Belew

24. Circus - Randy Newman 

25. Goodbye To The Circus - Aqua 

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