Eric Carmen

All by Myself

Composed by Eric Carmen

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This lush, Paul McCartney-styled ballad has become known as one of the '70s pop standards. Eerily similar to Badfinger's "Without You" (which was a huge hit for Harry Nilsson), "All By Myself" moves thought a delicate, simple minor-key melody with a forceful sense of melancholy running underneath. The lyrics reflect a sense of loss of youth and being abandoned by fair-weather friends. Simple, yet very relatable themes and they are conveyed with a poetic, literate feeling, making this a modern pop classic.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Eric Carmen [1975] 1975 Rhino 7:10
Billboard Top Hits: 1976 1976
Various Artists
Rhino 4:57
No Image 1976
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution
All by Myself 1977 Import 4:33
The Best of Eric Carmen [Arista] 1988 Arista 4:56
Sounds of the Seventies: 1976 1989
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 4:54
Rock of the 70's, Vol. 4 1992
Various Artists
DCC Compact Classics 4:48
Dick Clark's All-Time Hits, Vol. 4 1994
Various Artists
Original Sound Entertainment 4:41
Lost in Love: 10 Dream Melodies, Vol. 2 1995
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 4:55
Billboard Top Hits: 1975-1979 1995
Various Artists
Rhino 4:57
Only Love 1975-1979 1995
Various Artists
Rhino / JCI Associated Labels 4:02
Rock On 1975 1996
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 4:19
Rock On 1976: Summer 1996
Various Artists
Madacy 4:33
AM Gold: 1976 1996
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 4:30
70's Heavy Hitters: Summer Love 1997
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 4:48
Definitive Collection 1997 Arista 4:31
Rock On: 1975-1979 1997
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 4:19
Lovin' Rock Hits (1969-1989) 1997
Various Artists
Metacom 4:06
Mixed Emotions 1997
Various Artists
Polygram 4:53
Daydream 1998
Various Artists
Delta Distribution 4:53
Chart Toppers: Romantic Hits of the 70s 1998 Priority Records 4:32
Highway Rock: Breaking up Is Hard to Do 1998
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 4:34
Kuschelrock, Vol. 2 1998
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 4:51
All by Myself [Crimson] 1998
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 4:55
Fantastic 70's 1998
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 4:52
Missing Compilation 1998
Various Artists
Universo 4:52
Rock On: From 1970 to 1979 1998
Various Artists
Madacy 4:19
The Best of Eric Carmen [BMG Japan 1999] 1999 Arista 4:56
Kuschelrock Special Edition 1999
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution
Time in a Bottle: Mellow Rock Classics 1999
Various Artists
Delta Distribution 4:53
No Image 1999
Various Artists
Excelsior Recordings
Love, Vol. 4 2000
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 4:26
All by Myself [BMG Special Projects] 2000 BMG Special Products 4:33
Love Me Tonight [Delta] 2000 Delta Distribution 2:49
Entertainment Weekly: The Greatest Hits 1976 2000
Various Artists
Buddha Records 4:33
No Image 2000
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 7:11
Entertainment Weekly: The Greatest Hits 1975-1979 2001
Various Artists
Buddha Records 4:33
20 Songs of Love from the 70's 2001
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 4:55
A Year in Your Life: 1976, Vol. 1 2001
Various Artists
Definitive 4:33
No Image 2001
Various Artists
Burning Hearts
No Image 2003
Various Artists
Realm Records 4:29
The Best of Eric Carmen [BMG Japan 2004] 2004 BMG 4:55
Straight from the Heart [Box Set] 2004
Various Artists
Universal Special Products 4:31
Vintage Pop 2005
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 4:32
Ultimate 16: Vintage Pop 2005
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 4:32
All 70s and 80s Mega Hits 2007
Various Artists
Madacy 4:32
The Ultimate Rock Ballads Collection [Time Life] 2007
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 4:28
The Ultimate Rock Ballads Collection: The Flame 2007
Various Artists
Rhino 4:28
No Image 2008
Various Artists
Sony BMG 4:33
Seventies Power Ballads 2008
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution / Virgin 4:26
101 Power Ballads [EMI] 2008
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 4:48
'70s Romantic Classics 2008
Various Artists
StarVista 4:28
Lo Esencial de Las Clásicas de... Universal 92.1 FM 2008
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 4:26
Romancing the 70s: Lovin' You 2008
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 4:28
The Pop Years: 1976-1977 2009
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 4:27
The Collection: The Hits of 1976 2009
Various Artists
Sony Music 4:54
Essential Memories of Love 2010
Various Artists
4:28
The Pop Years: The 70s 2010
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 4:27
Romancing the '70s 2010
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 4:28
Hits + Stars: Love Song Collection 2010
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 4:52
Las 50 Grandes Canciones de Universal 92.1 FM Stereo 2010
Various Artists
Sony Music 4:31
Love Songs [Sony 2010] 2010
Various Artists
Sony Music 4:31
I Love Maman 2011
Various Artists
Sony Music 4:51
Pure... Love 2011
Various Artists
Sony Music 4:53
Romantically Yours: Greatest Love of All 2012
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 4:55
Romancing the '60s [Time] 2013
Various Artists
StarVista / Time / Life Music 4:28
The Essential Eric Carmen 2014 Arista / Legacy 7:09
100 Hits: Just Be Good to Me
Various Artists
Demon Music Group / DMG TV 4:29
100 Hits: Supersonic 70s
Various Artists
Demon Music Group / DMG TV 4:29
100 Hits: The Best Love Album
Various Artists
100 Hits / DMG / Sony Music 4:29
100 Hits: The Best Seventies Album
Various Artists
100 Hits / DMG 4:29
70's Songs
Various Artists
Crimson / Sony Music 4:31
70s U.S. Playlist
Various Artists
Crimson 4:30
No Image
Various Artists
EMI / Mixed Repertoire 4:51
Easy Listening Classics/Time Life's Movie Classics
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 4:29
Romantically Yours
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 4:55
No Image
Various Artists
Sony Music Entertainment 4:29