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Signature Song

A signature song is the one song (or, in some cases, one of a few songs) that a popular and well-established recording artist or band is most closely identified with or best known for, even if they have had success with a variety of other songs. There have also been instances where a film actor has acquired a signature song by giving a popular vocal performance in a feature. Signature songs can be the result of spontaneous public identification, or a marketing tool developed by the music industry to promote artists, sell their recordings, and develop a fan base.[1]

Artists and bands with a signature song are often expected to perform it at every concert appearance, usually as an encore on concert tours.[2]

List of signature songs for selected artists

This list is sorted by last name of the artist. Rarely, an artist shall have two signature songs of equal weight and they are also included so long as they are just as instantly recognizable as the first and the margin of difference in popularity or memorability would be very minute.


See also

References

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