Happy Sunday to you. It’s a happy day, isn’t it? A restful day. I feel it. Had a wonderful time in God’s presence.
Anyway, a radio show I was listening to this afternoon sparked something I wanna evaluate.
Songs whose original versions trump all covers and songs whose covers trump the originals.
A. ORIGINAL OVER COVERS
Herein are songs whose original singers killed so much so that nobody else can sing ’em better and no one else can ever outdo the original.
1. Whitney Houston. I have nothing.
I dare you to find me a better version of this.
2. Beyoncé’s….actually I haven’t heard any cover better than any of her original songs.
Maybe you have. I haven’t.
3. Mariah Carey. My All.
Not even she has been able to sing that song properly again.
4. Michael Jackson. Hold Me.
This song is just epic. Simply put.
5. Toni Braxton. Unbreak my heart.
First off, she looks like a cross between a young Vivica Fox and Halle Berry.
Then, I’m sorry. Toni killed that song mehn!!!
B. COVER OVER ORIGINAL.
This is all them songs that were resung and KILLED by artists other than the original, and whose versions are generally preferred over the original by a larger number of people.
1. Whitney Houston. I will always love you.
The original song was performed by Dolly Parton. Did you know?
2. Michael Bolton. When a man loves a woman.
Percy Sledge performed it first.
I know right.
3. Alexandre Burke. Hallelujah.
Tha original was performed by Jeff Buckley in 1970 something or so. Who cares? Alexandre’s version is just EVERYTHING.
4. Céline Dion. Power of Love.
Bet you didn’t know that it was a cover version of Jennifer Rush’s own original sometime in the 80s.
But Céline sang the hell outta that song though. I had this classmate in primary school who would sing it everyday and cry. What the hell did she know of love?
5. Pentatonix cover versions of mostly every song they sing.
That group is amazing.
Have I missed any?