The single, released in January 2000, peaked at number 1 on the Modern Rock Tracks chart and reaching number 6 on the Billboard Hot 100. “All the Small Things” was the band’s first number 1 hit and it exposed the band to a whole new audience.
“All by Myself” is a power ballad written and performed by Eric Carmen in 1975.
The verse is based on the second movement (Adagio Sostenuto) of Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Opus 18. The chorus borrows from the song “Let’s Pretend” that Carmen had written for the Raspberries in 1973.
The song was the first release from Carmen’s first solo LP after leaving the power pop group the Raspberries and was originally recorded by the author and released in December 1975 to great success. It reached number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100, number 1 on Cash Box Top 100 Singles and number 12 in the UK. The single sold more than one million copies in the United States and was certified gold by the RIAA in April 1976. In a 2006 poll for UK’s Fiveprogramme Britain’s Favourite Break-up Songs Eric Carmen’s version of this song was voted seventeenth.
Carmen’s original version has spawned numerous cover versions by such artists as Céline Dion, Frank Sinatra, and Igudesman & Joo. It should not be confused with the jazz standard of the same name, written by Irving Berlin and performed by Ella Fitzgerald and others.
On his second solo LP, Boats Against the Current, Carmen had a subsequent Top 40 hit entitled “She Did It” which was the antithesis of “All by Myself.” It is a happy answer to the loneliness and lovelessness described in this song and its equally melancholy follow-up “Never Gonna Fall in Love Again.”
The Carmen version is used in the video introduction for Conan O’Brien’s “Legally Prohibited from Being Funny on Television Tour”, when an obese and bearded version of the talk show host struggles to cope with losing his job as host of Tonight Show.
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“Always” was the second single from All in the Name of Love, the seventh album from R&B group, Atlantic Starr. The song went to number one on both the Hot Black Singles and Billboard Hot 100 charts in June 1987. The song also spent two weeks atop the U.S. adult contemporary chart. In July, it also topped the Canadian RPM 100 national singles chart, where it remained for two weeks.
In 2000, the pop act Boyz N Girlz United included a cover version of the song on their self titled debut album; in 2008, it was revived by Filipina diva-actressIya Villania as a duet with Jay-R under her album Finally!.