The power ballad was the first single from Carmen's first solo LP after leaving the power pop group the Raspberries and was released in December 1975, to great acclaim. It reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100, both Love Machine by The Miracles and December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night) by The Four Seasons, kept the song from #1. "All By Myself" did reach #1 on Cash Box Top 100 Singles and #3 in Canada. The single sold more than one million copies in the United States and was certified gold by the RIAA in April 1976. "All By Myself" was Carmen's first of eight US Top 40 hits. In the UK, however, this was his only Top 40 success, peaking at number 12. In a 2006 poll for UK's Five programme Britain's Favourite Break-up Songs, Eric Carmen's version of this song was voted seventeenth.