“Without You” – Harry Nilsson

This may be weepie 70s AM-pop at its most maudlin, but this song packs an emotional wallop. Desite Harry Nilsson’s talent as a composer, this is actually a cover of a Badfinger song. As much as I love Badfinger, their original version of “Without You” is severely lacking, especially in emotional heft. Which is shocking, especially given how melancholy their “Straight Up” album is. But Nilsson nailed it way better in my mind. Later used to great effect in Martin Scorsese’s 1995 film “Casino” and especially in Roger Avary’s 2002 film adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis’s “Rules of Attraction.”

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