Anticipation (song)

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Single by Carly Simon
from the album Anticipation
B-side "The Garden"
Released 1971
Format 7" single
Recorded 1971
Genre Rock
Length 3:19
Label Elektra
Writer(s) Carly Simon
Producer(s) Paul Samwell-Smith
Carly Simon singles chronology
"That's the Way I've Always Heard It Should Be"
"Legend in Your Own Time"

"Anticipation" is a song written and performed by Carly Simon. It was the lead single from her 1971 album of the same name, and became a smash hit, peaking #13 on the Billboard 200 and #3 on the Adult Contemporary chart.[1] Billboard ranked it as the No. 72 song for 1972.[2] Simon received her 3rd Grammy nomination for this song,[3] which relates her state of mind as she waits to go on a date with Cat Stevens.[4]

The song was used in commercials for Heinz Ketchup through the late 1970s into the 1980s.[5]

One of Simon's biggest hits, the song has been included on The Best of Carly Simon (1975), Clouds in My Coffee (1995), The Very Best of Carly Simon: Nobody Does It Better (1999), Anthology (2002), and Reflections (2004).[6] A live version was included on the 2014 release Playlist: The Very Best of Carly Simon.

Critical reception[edit]

Stephen Davis, writing for Rolling Stone, stated "Anticipation" is a spirited examination of the tensions involved in a burgeoning romantic situation in which nobody has any idea of what's going on or what's going to happen." "Carly's fine, aggressive vocal is complemented by Paul Glanz' lyrical piano comping, and drummer Andy Newmark's rhythms are to the point. The cut winds up with a surprising coda crescendo that pithily wraps up the premise of the message about anticipating things to come–"Stay right here, 'cause these are the good old days"."[7]

Allmusic reviewer Joe Viglione said of the track, "In retrospect the song (and the album) are among Carly's finest." And concluded "'Anticipation' was more than a great melody and performance, it became a pivotal bridge and foundation for fifteen years of hits."

Cover versions[edit]

The Filipino singer Nora Aunor recorded an easy listening version of "Anticipation" in 1973 on the Mayon Records label.

It was covered by Dinosaur Jr frontman J Mascis on his 1996 solo acoustic album, Martin + Me.[8]

It was covered by Mandy Moore on her album Coverage in 2003.[9]


Chart (1975) Peak
Australia (ARIA Charts) 64
Canada (RPM Charts) 09
US Billboard Pop Singles 13
US Billboard Adult Contemporary 03

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