Todd Rundgren, "Hello It's Me" (1972)
If only all adult contemporary music was as entertaining, and as irritating, as Todd Rundgren's first original song. "Seeing you," sings Rundgren in this more than slightly narcissistic boy-objectifies-girl breakup vignette before correcting himself: "or seeing anything as much as I do you." Written when he was still a teenaged Nazz member, "Hello It's Me" was inspired musically by a Jimmy Smith organ intro to a recording of "When Johnny Comes Marching Home," with an ill-fated high-school romance supplying the one-sided phone conversation's content. Re-recorded for his ambitious solo album Something/Anything, Rundgren elevated the blandness of the breakup to high pop realism.