#17 – Randy Newman – “Short People” – (1977)

Gotta love Randy Newman. Sort of like Warren Zevon, his songs never featured the typical subjects (love, etc.) – instead, they feature offbeat things like… well, short people. What’s funnier is that this album is called Little Criminals which sounds like he’s levying an even greater insult at people that are short. This actually made it to #2 on the Hot 100 but was largely considered a novelty song, which sucks because it’s a pretty good song that has long been misinterpreted as a song about Newman’s hate for short people. It’s not his view, it’s a song. Fun fact: three of the Eagles perform background vocals on this track.

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