About the song

Rhinestone Cowboy is a song by American country music singer Glen Campbell, released in 1975 as the lead single and title track from his album of the same name. The song was written and originally recorded by Larry Weiss in 1974, but it did not have much commercial success until Campbell covered it. The song tells the story of an aspiring performer who dreams of becoming a star in the music industry, despite the hardships and challenges he faces along the way. The song uses the metaphor of a rhinestone cowboy, a flashy but cheap imitation of a real cowboy, to describe the singer’s ambition and determination to shine.

The song was a huge hit for Campbell, reaching number one on both the Billboard Hot Country Singles and Billboard Hot 100 charts, as well as topping the charts in Canada and several other countries. The song also earned Campbell two Grammy nominations and four American Music Awards. The song is considered one of Campbell’s signature songs and one of the most popular country songs of all time. The song has been covered by many artists, such as David Hasselhoff, Loretta Lynn, Charley Pride, and Radiohead.