Being all of 2:25, Let Me Be The One might be a tad short for radio play ?
Also, the song wasn't even promoted via a "B" side from those singles off of the Tan album,
so, really, I doubt that the song was ever considered for any more than it was--a great album cut.
The version on From The Top (2:49) is my favorite (and, we did get a promo-cd with that song on it !).
Regards Goofus, not too many Carpenters' songs featured Wes Jacobs (tuba) and I love that arrangement.
Bless The Beasts and Children is an all-time favorite of mine (soundtrack version excels, imho).
As Karen said in a 1978 interview, Sweet Sweet Smile is so "catchy," and I concur wholeheartedly.
But, if country-tinged-pop isn't your thing, it probably doesn't fly.
I read or heard somewhere (maybe Randy Schmidt's book?) that Karen wanted/suggested Let Me Be The One released as the second single, over RD&M, but the choice was, of course, RD&M.
In my view the right choice, although I do agree with those who suggest Let Me Be The One would have charted, top 20 at least.
Back to the thread's original question - A reissued Ticket to Ride would have charted much higher than the first release, IMO.