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Carly Simon’s 20 greatest tracks – ranked!

As her debut album turns 50, we select the best work by a songwriter with a standout talent for finely drawn character studies

As an album, Hello Big Man was all over the place: reggae tracks recorded with Sly & Robbie, very early 80s world music experiments, slick MOR. Its one undisputed gem is It Happens Every Day, a careworn song about divorce, set to music that, beneath the 80s veneer, is like a lush late-50s ballad.

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