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
8. Acrobat - U2
10. Circus - The Jam