11 Top Songs About Clowns You Should Know

songs about clowns
Written by Corey Morgan

Best songs about clowns

Do you happen to observe that suspicious clown who seems to be ambling around all by himself in the adjacent woods while wearing a large red nose, floppy shoes, and an appealing smile?

It is possible that he is merely been lonely and has no idea where he is going, especially after the circus shut down. Or, it is possible that he was the nefarious factor behind their hasty decision to leave the city.

Do not give in to his tricks, even if he tries to bribe you with candy or wants to perform a spectacular magic trick in front of you. If you love clowns and you enjoy the fun things they do all the time, here is a list of songs that talk about clowns.

Top 11 songs about clowns

1. “Send in the Clowns” by Judy Collins

Judy Collins - Send In The Clowns

In this depressing music, the narrator is verbally and emotionally abusing herself. A song about being let down, it makes references to missed opportunities and poor timing in romantic relationships, and the word “clowns” refers to foolish people rather than actual circus clowns.

The narrator kicks herself for making poor decisions earlier in her life that led to her missing out on the one person who would have been the love of her life. What recommendations would you provide to her?

The gloomy jazz standard originally performed by Judy Collins made it to the top 40 pop charts in both 1975 and 1977, but the version performed by Frank Sinatra in 1973 was the one that was featured at the end credits of the blockbuster movie picture Joker, which was released in 2019.

2. “Impossible” by Christina Aguilera (featuring Alicia Keys)

Impossible - Christina Aguilera ft. Alicia Keys

This hip-hop song from 2002 features a narrator who expresses the feeling that she and her lover are taking part in an obsessive circus.

She begs him to be honest, open, and genuine, and she warns him not to take her for a clown while she is pleading with him. It is hard for the unhappy and perplexed woman to love correctly a guy who conceals his suffering, refuses to divulge his requirements, and pushes her to speculate about what he wants.

3. Clown Shark Song” by Rhett & Link

What would you get when you merge multiple things that people are extremely afraid of, namely terrifying clowns and sharks?

If you are the goofball in this silly novelty song from 2013, you will receive clown sharks as your punishment. Although there are such things as clownfish, thankfully there are no such things as clown sharks.

But you can picture how horrific it would be for them to be with their enormous red noses sniffing out blood in the water and then closing in for the kill. This tune is eerily hilarious on top of being odd in its own right.

4. “Leper Messiah” by Metallica

This rock song from 1986 is about a group of selfish Christian televangelists who pose as clowns and trick people out of their money by promising them a better place in paradise if they give them their money.

Unfortunately, everything is just an evil circus, a giant con game, and the big shot and bold stunts are being executed not for the audience but rather on them.

5. Fore Cowboy and Clown” by Craig Morgan

Craig Morgan - The Cowboy and Clown

Some people might argue that only a fool will get in the circle with a rampaging bull, but the reality is that there are many times two fools in there: the bull rider and his rodeo clown decoy.

They are depicted in this country song from 2005 as being made from the same mold and as being as close as brothers through win and defeat, bruises, and laughing. The song recounts their close relationship up until the tragic and unexpected passing of one of them.

6. “Cathy’s Clown” by The Everly Brothers

The Everly Brothers - Cathy's Clown.wmv

This 1960 pop song by the Everly Brothers was the most successful single they ever had, reaching number one on the popular Billboard chart. One of the best songs about clowns.

The sad-faced narrator of the song is fed up with being made fun of by other people and called “not a man at all.” As a result, he has decided to break his relationship with his girlfriend.

The cowardly gentleman is confident that Cathy is lying about him, and because he does not wish to be mocked any longer as “Cathy’s Clown,” he is maintaining his dignity and ignoring her attempts to kiss him.

 7. “Costume Makes the Clown” by Shakira

Costume Makes the Clown

This song by Shakira, a Colombian pop singer, was released in 2005. In it, she removes her makeup and admits that she has been unfaithful to a romantic partner, thereby revealing who she is.

She does not present herself as a real person, and she does not resemble either the idealized picture or the villainous clown persona that she has been imagined to be.

She has found relief, but she is aware that there may be repercussions since she is putting herself in a vulnerable position by making her confession.

8. “The Clown” by Conway Twitty

The protagonist of this country song from 1981 is captivated by a stunning and well-known woman, and he is willing to go to any lengths to make her happy, even if it means embarrassing himself in the process.

Her lover responds with, “How high?” when she tells him to leap at her instruction. The pitiful lengths that this poor guy goes to take his lover happy have people laughing at him and treating him like a fool. Have you ever been in a relationship that was just as hopeless as this one?

9. John Wayne Gacy, Jr.” song by Sufjan Stevens

John Wayne Gacy, Jr.

John Gacy Jr. was a deadly serial killer who took on the persona of a murderous clown known as Pogo or Patches the Clown. His crimes were particularly heinous. He became a member of a local “Jolly Joker” club and performed as a comedian at several charitable events, including celebrations for children and hospitals.

After that, Gacy went on to brutally violate and murder a total of 33 young men and boys before he was finally put to death in 1994. Gacy, often known as “The Killer Clown,” is the most prolific serial killer that has been documented to this day.

10. “Bandy the Rodeo Clown” by Moe Bandy

Moe Bandy -- Bandy the Rodeo Clown

This country song was released in 1975, and it tells the story of an old cowboy who no longer ropes and rides horses. He tries his best to hide his pain behind the painted smile of a clown. Bandy the rodeo clown’s tears are ruining his makeup ever since his sweetheart broke up with him, and as a result, he can only rely on booze to relive the golden days of his career.

11. “Tears of a Clown” by Iron Maiden

IRON MAIDEN - Tears Of A Clown

When legendary comedian Robin Williams passed away in 2014, it was a tragic loss for the entire world. Williams was battling Lewy body disease (a direct result of Parkinson’s disease) at the time of his death, and he took his own life.

This rock song released in 2015 pays respect to the comedian by drawing attention to the fact that his clown persona was only a sad veneer for the inner agony that lurked beneath it. Williams was famous for his high-energy improvised brand of comedy on onstage as well as his free-association style of entertainment. One of the best songs about clowns.