Wednesday, January 20, 2021

"All I Want Is You" by Carly Simon

Song#:  3380
Date:  01/23/1988
Debut:  85
Peak:  54
Weeks:  9
Genre:  Pop, Adult Contemporary

Pop Bits:  Simon's comeback album, the platinum-selling Coming Around Again, featured two songs that reached the Pop chart including the #18 title track (#5 AC). However, its third single, "The Stuff That Dreams are Made Of," failed to reach the Pop chart despite getting to #8 at AC. Still, her label, Arista, decided to push out a fourth single and selected this song. Unsurprisingly, it was another winner at AC getting to #7. This time around, the single was able to get on the Pop chart where it got close to the halfway mark. It would be the last single released from the album. Simon would have one more single reach the Pop chart before the decade would be out, but she wouldn't release a new album until 1990.

ReduxReview:  I was so disappointed when "The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of" failed to make the Pop chart. It's such a great song and it deserved more attention. But it seems that pop radio preferred something more upbeat and, well...poppy. So the label gave this one a go. It was a solid choice and while it wasn't quite as good as the previous three singles, it was still a nice tune.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  This song was written by Simon and Jacob Brackman. The two had been good friends since meeting at a summer camp in 1968 where they worked as counselors. Brackman, who had worked as a journalist, would collaborate with Simon over the years writing lyrics to music that she wrote. All except one of Simon's albums from her 1971 debut through to Coming Around Again featured a song by the pair. Two of their collaborations became Top 20 hits. Simon's debut single, "That's the Way I Always Heard It Should Be," reached #10 in 1971 while "Haven't Got Time for the Pain" made it to #14 in 1974.


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