Whether it was as a member of pop rock band outfit, the Raspberries, Eric Carmen has released some magnificent hits throughout his musical career which dates back to more than four decades back. His talents in music were clear from an early age and you could tell that he was going to be a star right from when he was a young boy, where he was playing violin and piano while also penning his own music. In high school, Eric Carmen was a member of a number of bands and in university he was in the band, Cyrus Erie, which released a couple of obscure singles which ultimately failed to make any major impact. His solo music career began in 1976 with the release of two singles, “All By Myself” and “Never Gonna Fall In Love Again” all of which hit the charts. Over the course of his brilliant music career, Eric Carmen has released ten solo albums and earned himself millions of fans around the world. In this article, we rank ten of his best songs ever. Here are the top ten Eric Carmen songs ranked in descending order.
Starting us off at tenth spot on our list of the top ten Eric Carmen songs is the song “Sunrise,” which is one of his greatest singles ever. “Sunrise” was the opening track to the first of his two self titled albums. The song features a magnificent instrumental that features a great guitar solo and an incredible depth in the lyrics. The song was a great opening to one of Eric Carmen’s greatest albums.
9. Make Me Lose Control
“Make Me Lose Control” takes the ninth spot on our list of the top ten Eric Carmen songs. The song was co-written by Grammy-Award winning songwriter, Dean Pitchford and it was released a few months after the success of the song, “Hungry Eyes.” The song was an odd record as Eric Carmen himself attests but it’s up there among his most catchy tunes. In fact, the song never appeared in any of his studio albums initially. However, the song was included in his 1988 album, The Best of Eric Carmen. “Make Me Lose Control” peaked at #3 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and has been featured on an episode of American hit TV series, Dexter.
8. I Wanna Hear It From Your Lips
Coming in at number eight is the lead single from Eric Carmen’s sixth album. The song features some excellent back up vocals and the lyrics of the song sound a little sensual. The song peaked at #35 on the US Billboard Hot 100, becoming his sixth top 40 hit in the US.
7. That’s Rock and Roll
This song was released in 1976 but it wasn’t until 1977 that the song became quite a hit. The song is contained in his debut album, Eric Carmen and was a perfect follow up to the hit song, “Sunrise.” Eric Carmen performed this song on the Midnight Special TV that aired on 26th March 1976. The song was however popularized by Shau Cassidy in 1977 after he covered the song for his first solo LP. The song peaked at #4 on the Australian year end charts and was certified gold for hitting more than 50,000 sales.
6. Never Gonna Fall In Love Again
Coming in at number six is one of the most underrated gems on Eric Carmen’s self-titled debut studio album. The song was a massive hit in Canada, topping the country’s biggest charts in the process. Going by the lyrics and the song’s melodies, you can tell that “Never Gonna Fall In Love Again” is a song from a guy who was seriously heartbroken. However, you will fall in love with it from the moment you hear it.
5. Change of Heart
The number five song on our countdown of the top ten Eric Carmen songs is the title track to Eric Carmen’s third solo LP. The song “Change of Heart” was one of two Top 20 hit songs on the LP with the song also coming in at #135 on Canada’s biggest hits of 1978. This beautiful song will take you back to the late 70’s with the great beats and the magnificent back up vocals.
4. She Did It
Eric Carmen originally recorded this happy-sounding tune in 1977 and it is arguably his greatest song on his second album, Boat Against the Current. The song features a guitar solo by Andrew Gold and its sound is heavily influenced by The Beach Boys song, “Do It Again.” The song peaked at #11 on the Canadian RPM Top Singles and has been featured in several of Eric Carmen’s compilation albums.
3. Boats Against the Current
“Boats Against the Current” is such a fantastic song and it is difficult to understand why it is so underrated. The song was his second after the disbandment of his former band, The Raspberries. Eric Carmen’s magical voice stands out throughout this song and it is incredible how he is able to perform it with an innate quality of sadness that will melt any heart that listens to the song.
2. Hungry Eyes
If you’ve watched the movie, “Dirty Dancing,” you probably know this song which was recorded in 1987 at the Beachwood Studios in Ohio. The song peaked at #4 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and #82 on the UK charts where the song had not been released commercially.
1. All By Myself
Coming in at number one on our ranking of the top ten Eric Carmen songs of all time is the song “All By Myself” whose lyrics were derived from the chorus of the song, “Let’s Pretend,” which had been written and recorded by Eric Carmen’s former group, the Raspberries. The song peaked at #2 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and is arguably Eric Carmen’s greatest hit ever.