Top 10 Carly Simon Songs

Carly Simon Songs

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Our Top 10 Carly Simon songs list takes a look at the material Carly Simon recorded during her most commercially successful periods during the 1970s and 80’s. During that period, Carly Simon was one of the most popular singers in the music business. Carly Simon burst onto the music scene in 1971 with the release of her debut album entitled Carly Simon. The industry instantly fell in love with her as she won a Grammy that year for best new artist. Her debut album delivered her a top 10 hit on the Billboard music charts entitled “That’s the Way I’ve Always Heard It Should Be.”

Later that year after the release of her debut album,Carly Simon released her highly anticipated second album actually called Anticipation. The album’s title track was released as a single and reached the Billboard top 20.

Carly Simon’s third album entitled No Secrets was released in 1972. It was the album that would turn Carly Simon into a household name. The success of the album was fueled by the massive hit single “You’re So Vain.” The song reached number one on the US Billboard Hot 100. Carly Simon had become one of the biggest artists in the world in only two years.

Our Top 10 Carly Simon Songs list takes a look at some of the best songs Carly SImon released over her long 50 year career.

# 10 – Haven’t Got Time For The Pain

We open our Carly Simon Songs list with a great track from the Hotcakes album. The record was released in 1974. This great Carly Simon penned song “Haven’t Got Time For The Pain,” was released as the album’s second single. The song reached the Billboard Hot 100.

# 9 –  Hurt

Torch was Carly Simon’s jazz standard album released in 1981. The album was released in the shadows of Linda Ronstadt’s jazz standard album What’s New. While Carly Simon’s album may not have been as successful as Linda Ronstadt’s, it still delivered some amazing jazz standard recordings. Our favorite was the album’s single entitled “Hurt.”

# 8 –  Jesse

The song “Jesse,” was released on the Come Upstairs album. The record was released in 1980. The album’s first single entitled “Jesse,” reached the Billboard top 20 and earned Carly Simon another Gold Record.

# 7 – Coming Around Again

“Coming Around Again,” was the title track to Carly Simon’s 1986 album Coming Around Again. The song was a massive hit for Carly Simon and became one of her biggest selling singles of all time.

# 6 – Nobody Does It Better

“Nobody Does It Better,” was the theme song to the 1977 James Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me. The song reached number two on the Billboard Hot 100. “Nobody Does It Better,” stayed on the Billboard music charts longer than any other Carly Simon song.

# 5 – You Belong To Me

The great track “You Belong To Me,” was released separately by both The Doobie Brothers and Carly Simon. The song was written by Michael McDonald and Carly Simon. The Doobie Brothers released it in 1977. Carly Simon released her version of the song on her 1978 album Boys In The Trees. The song reached all the way to the number six position on the Billboard Hot 100.

# 4 – Mockingbird

“Mockingbird,” was one of the great musical duets of the 1970’s. Carly Simon and her husband James Taylor recorded the song together for Carly Simon’s Hotcakes album. The song hit number five on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1974. The song was written by Inez and Charlie Foxx in 1963.

# 3 – Anticipation

For those of us growing up in the 1970s, it’s hard to listen to this song and not think of Heinz Ketchup. The commercial for the ketchup that utilized the song “Anticipation,” was played so much on television during those days, it became very difficult to separate the two. Nonetheless, it was such a great song, we could not ignore it for this top 10 Carly Simon songs list.

# 2 – That’s The Way I Always Heard It Should Be

This haunting song defined the gift of melody that Carly Simon possessed as a songwriter. The music was written by Carly Simon and the lyrics by Jacob Brackman. The song was released as the first single of Carly Simon’s career. It reached number ten on the Billboard Hot 100.

# 1 – You’re So Vain

You cannot compose a top 10 Carly Simon songs list and not have the classic Carly Simon sing “You’re So Vain,” at number one. The song was a huge hit for Carly Simon reaching the number one position on the Billboard Hot 100 music charts in 1972.


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