Link: The Carpenters In 20 Songs - uDiscover » So google alerts sent me this link where udiscovermusic listed “Carpenters In 20 Songs,” where they attempted to post the 20 definitive Carpenters recordings, in chronological order. They invited readers to suggest the same, so I did so, below. Here are some things I considered: I sought to select 20 songs that were a fair representation of their total contribution to popular music. Difficult to do in 20 songs, I know, and I gave myself the following parameters: my list is fairly chronological, in terms of appearance on albums, and I wanted to include every studio album, both hits and deep cuts, the songs selected were representative of their singular talents, and yes, I included a holiday tune, but in my defense, it’s their original addition to the Christmas canon, and as such, it deserves to be in the list (even if it makes the playlist a bit awkward in the months between January and November). I’d be interested in hearing others’ selections. So here’s my Carpenters In 20 Songs: 1. All Of My Life: Over the years, I’ve grown to love this tune more and more. The Voice is clearly apparent on this one from their debut. 2. We’ve Only Just Begun: Their signature song. It had to be included. 3. Maybe It’s You: I always believed this one could have been a third hit single from Close To You and demonstrates Karen’s remarkable instrument. 4. (They Long To Be) Close To You: The one that started it all. 5. Merry Christmas Darling: See above. 6. Rainy Days And Mondays: My 3 year-old son’s favorite. One of their best. 7. Let Me Be The One: The would-have-been-a-hit-single. 8. Superstar: The Hall of Fame honoree and definitive recording of this classic rock song. 9. Bacharach/David Medley: Love this jazzy, little slice of sunshine. 10. I Won’t Last A Day Without You: The definitive Carpenters single. The contemplative piano, Karen’s milk chocolate voice, the sumptuous multi-harmonies. It doesn’t get more Carpenters-esque than this. 11. A Song For You: This oft-covered tune was never done better. 12. Road Ode: Classic deep cut. 13. Yesterday Once More: One of their biggest selling singles and pulls out all the Carpenter-stops. 14. This Masquerade: Fan favorite and another classic deep cut. 15. Only Yesterday: One of their lesser-known hits. 16. One More Time: Heartbreaking, deep cut. 17. All You Get From Love Is A Love Song: Should have been a much bigger hit. 18. You’re The One: Should have been included on Passage. 19. Touch Me When We’re Dancing: The last time the magic happened on the pop charts. 20. Make Believe It’s Your First Time: Much prefer Karen’s reading with Richard that Phil.