His favorite songs are "Dream Lover" by Bobby Darin, "That's Why (I Love You So)" by Jackie Wilson, "Good Golly, Miss Molly" by Little Richard, "Another Girl" by The Beatles, "American Pie" by Madonna, "I Only Have Eyes For You" by The Flamingos, "When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again" by Elvis Presley, "Canary In A Coalmine" by The Police, "I'm Looking For Someone To Love" by The Crickets and "Crying" by Roy Orbison. (Source: BBC Radio 2 "Tracks of My Years").
His song "The Grave" was covered by George Michael.
Lori Lieberman wrote "Killing Me Softly With His Song" after attending a concert of McLean's and being inspired by his sensitive compositions.
#1 hit single: "American Pie", 1972 (no relation to movie of same name)
Wrote and recorded the song "Vincent" as a tribute to painter Vincent van Gogh.