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I picked 10 random categories of my favorite songs that Eric has written for this list. Not necessarily a 'best of' compilation but, after looking at the 10 songs I chose, I could definitely live with this as a 'best of' album. Anybody can play:

Eric Carmen’s Best:

Most beautiful composition- Boat’s Against the Current

Best song- Overnight Sensation

Most perfect tune- Let’s Pretend

Most popular song- Go All the Way

Most rocking number- Tonight

Sleeper- Inside Story

Best ballad- Desperate Fools

Most fun- Make Me Lose Control

Guilty pleasure- You Took Me All the Way

Personal favorite- Starting Over

And yours?

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You're calling on Raspberries songs, too, which makes it tougher. But I'll play.

Most beautiful composition: Love Is All That Matters 

Best song: Boats Against the Current

Most perfect tune: My Girl

Most popular song: All By Myself

Most rocking number: No Hard Feelings

Sleeper: I Can Hardly Believe You're Mine

Best ballad: Desperate Fools (agreed!)

Most fun: Cruisin' Music

Guilty pleasure: I Saw the Light (in a good way!)

Personal favorite: Overnight Sensation

 

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Most beautiful composition: Love Is All That Matters 

Best song: Overnight Sensation

Most perfect tune: Someday

Most popular song: All By Myself

Most rocking number: Tonight

Sleeper: If You Change Your Mind

Best ballad: She Remembered

Most fun: I Wanna Be With You

Guilty pleasure: My Heart Stops (Sorry, LC!)

Personal favorite: Boats Against the Current

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3 hours ago, susie b said:

Since this category doesn't apply to you fellas, I'll ask the ladies.

For you, which is EC's most seductive "Barry White get-you-in-the-mood" song?

I mean most of his songs, with that voice, melt a girl's heart, but which one gets you?

For me, its Sleep with Me.

 

"Sleep with Me" for me too Susie!

 It is very tastefully and respectfully written and performed.  My only complaint here regarding the song is that Eric is not playing the piano In that recording.  Duane Hitchings plays the piano and does a great job I might add. But thinking of Eric singing the song and not playing that alluring  piano arrangement bothers me. In fact Eric does not play the piano on any song on the album  except for "Foolin' Myself".

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Most beautiful composition- I’m Through With Love

Best song- Tonight

Most perfect tune- I Wanna Be With You

Most popular song- Go All the Way

Most rocking number- I Don’t Know What I Want

Sleeper- Tonight You’re Mine

Best ballad- Boats Against The Current

Most fun- On The Beach

Guilty pleasure- The Way We Used To Be

Personal favorite- Tonight

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3 hours ago, susie b said:

Since this category doesn't apply to you fellas, I'll ask the ladies.

For you, which is EC's most seductive "Barry White get-you-in-the-mood" song?

I mean most of his songs, with that voice, melt a girl's heart, but which one gets you?

For me, its Sleep with Me.

 

I Can Hardly Believe You're Mine.

[And not just 'cause I've been re-watching True Blood lately, in which "You're MINE" gets said an awful lot!]

 

Most beautiful composition--Love Is All That Matters

Best song--Overnight Sensation (Hit Record) 

Most perfect tune--Let's Pretend 

Most popular song--Hungry Eyes (I think it's the only track of his I've ever heard playing in drug stores & supermarkets.) [Edit: actually that's not true, when I was cashiering at an Upper East Side market in 1990 there was one frequently-played tape that had MMLC on it. At the time I had no idea that it was an EC track...in fact I had very little concept of EC as a solo artiste at the time, to me he was a Raspberry first and foremost.]

Most rocking number--A tie: Ecstasy and I Don't Know What I Want

Sleeper--No Hard Feelings

Best ballad--If You Change Your Mind (Perhaps not the finest composition, but possibly his most expressive vocal ever.)

Most fun--Drivin' Around 

Guilty pleasure--You Took Me All the Way 

Personal favorite--Solo, Nowhere to Hide. Rasp., Tonight. 

 

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Most beautiful composition: Foolin Myself

Best song: Overnight Sensation

Most perfect tune:  Let’s Pretend

Most popular song: ABM

Most rocking number: No Hard Feelings 

Sleeper:  most all his catalog

Best ballad:  Boats

Most fun: Cruisin Music

Guilty pleasure: Wanna hear it from your lips (though not much guilt at all)

Personal favorite: My Girl

 

 

 

 

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2nd team:

Most beautiful composition: Love is all that matters

Best song: If you change your mind

Most perfect tune: Sunrise

Most popular song: Hungry Eyes

Most rocking number: Ecstacy

Sleeper: Cartoon World

Best ballad: Heaven can wait

Most fun: Great Expectatioms

Guilty pleasure: All through the night

Personal favorite: I can remember

 

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13 hours ago, susie b said:

Since this category doesn't apply to you fellas, I'll ask the ladies.

For you, which is EC's most seductive "Barry White get-you-in-the-mood" song?

I mean most of his songs, with that voice, melt a girl's heart, but which one gets you?

For me, its Sleep with Me.

 

I have to agree - "Sleep With Me" gets me,  also "If You Change Your Mind"

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I need to add more "teams," like James.

I was just listening to a cover of "The Way We Used To Be" that Kirk posted in another thread, and man if this song isn't spec-tac-u-lar in every way a song can be. I mean, wow! What an extraordinary songwriting achievement. Brilliant. Brilliant. Brilliant.

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On 11/19/2022 at 6:41 AM, Kirk said:

I picked 10 random categories of my favorite songs that Eric has written for this list. Not necessarily a 'best of' compilation but, after looking at the 10 songs I chose, I could definitely live with this as a 'best of' album. Anybody can play:

Eric Carmen’s Best:

Most beautiful composition- Boat’s Against the Current

Best song- Overnight Sensation

Most perfect tune- Let’s Pretend

Most popular song- Go All the Way

Most rocking number- Tonight

Sleeper- Inside Story

Best ballad- Desperate Fools

Most fun- Make Me Lose Control

Guilty pleasure- You Took Me All the Way

Personal favorite- Starting Over

And yours?

Ditto Kirk! Right down the line for me. 

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