Other well-known songs include
- "Vincent" (a tribute to the 19th century Dutch painter, Vincent van Gogh)
- "Castles in the Air"
In 1981, he had an international number one hit with the Roy Orbison classic, "Crying". Orbison himself once described him as "the voice of the century", and a subsequent rerecording of the song saw him embrace the remake.
Following the September 11, 2001 attacks, radio conglomerate Clear Channel Communications sent out of a list of 150 songs that were recommended to be pulled from airplay. "American Pie" was among those listed.