Kim Carnes Songs Ranked

Kim Carnes (born July 20, 1945) is an American singer-songwriter. Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, she began her career as a songwriter in the 1960s, writing for other artists while performing in local clubs and working as a session background singer with the famed Waters sisters (featured in the documentary 20 Feet from Stardom). After she signed her first publishing deal with Jimmy Bowen, she released her debut album Rest on Me in 1971. Carnes’ self-titled second album primarily contained self-penned songs, including her first charting single “You’re a Part of Me”, which reached No. 35 on the BillboardAdult Contemporary chart in 1975. In the following year, Carnes released Sailin’, which featured “Love Comes from Unexpected Places”. The song won the American Song Festival and the award for Best Composition at the Tokyo Song Festival in 1976. Her distinctive, raspy vocal style has drawn comparisons to Rod Stewart. Her most recent studio album is Chasin’ Wild Trains (2004). As of 2017, Carnes was residing in Nashville, Tennessee, where she continues to write music. Here are all of Kim Carnes’s songs ranked.

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10. Voyeur (Voyeur, 1982)

“Another brillant album by one and only Kim Carnes! “Voyeur” never became best seller, but in my opinion, it’s one of the greatest studio projects of Kim’s career. It’s dark, mystical and powerful.”

9. Sweet Love Song to My Soul (Kim Carnes At Her Best, 1971)

“The best CD I have ever owned. So many variations in sound and lyrics, so enjoyable to kick back and listen to. What a lovely beautiful voice Kim is gifted with.”

8. Too Far Gone (Chasin’ Wild Trains, 2004)

“Effortlessly calming and perfecting her style. I am a pop music lover but her music always make me come back to her music. And, this calm sounding album will grow better over the time. Maybe her insightful mind puts it all right for listeners.”

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7. Lucid Dreams (Chasin’ Wild Trains, 2004)

“Kim worked very hard. She produced or co-produced all tracks. She wrote or co-wrote all songs too. This is an independent album made by an independent woman. There’s no external interference on her new work. She chose the repertoire, the musicians, the best way to sing, the pictures of art work, etc.”

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6. What About Me? (What About Me? 1984)

“This is when real duets were made in the 1980s and the best romantic ballads used to be played on the radio stations. They are no longer made now. James and Kenny- Two of the greatest soaring in paradise. An absolutely beautiful song. Kim was the perfect compliment to their voices.”

5. Nobody Knows (Nobody Knows, 1971)

“What a Beautiful song fits this Movie so well…till the light of life stops burning till another soul goes free, Nobody Knows. It’s the greatest vocal performance in the history of recorded music..”

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4. More Love (Romance Dance, 1980)

“For a woman who originally gained prominence as a songwriter, she sure did a lot of covers. Ends up she was pretty good at it. I’ve always especially loved the synth-string opening here, and it has one of those green EMI labels I like so much.”

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3. I’ll Be Here Where the Heart Is (Flashdance, 1983)

“One the best songs on the Flashdance soundtrack.. I love this song. It is great to listen to if you are walking or driving on a stormy night! and if you miss someone special.”

2. Invisible Hands (Café Racers, 1983)

“In these days of autotune one thing I remember about Kim Carnes really stands out: she recorded her albums semi-live in the studio so that when she was performing at a concert, it would sound just like the album.”

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1. Bette Davis Eyes (Mistaken Identity, 1981)

“Bette Davis Eyes was one of those 80s singles which made intelligent use of the new technology. It uses simple chord arpeggios, which create an atmospheric background for Carne’s husky, expressive vocal. I very much doubt that this would be been as good a song had a man sang it. It would then have sounded like a simple expression of sexual attraction. Carne’s version has a moody, enigmatic beauty.”