I have had this idea for a Top Ten Tuesday post for a while. It seems kind of weird maybe, but follow along with me.
I have some songs that appear more than once on my iPhone, though they’re performed by different artists. I thought it would be fun (for me, anyway) to find ten of those duplicates, list who they’re by, and then pick my favorite of the versions.
I know, this is not a ground breaking post. But, I thought it would be fun and hope that some other people might do a post like it sometime too, because I think it would be fun to read from other people.
Battle of the Duplicate Songs
1. “There She Goes” – The La’s (vs.) Sixpence None the Richer
While the Sixpence None the Richer version is definitely a better recording quality and smoother, this one definitely goes to The La’s for me. I remember the summer that I listened to The La’s cassette tape over and over and over.
2. “Angels We Have Heard on High” – Chris Tomlin (vs.) Third Day (vs.) Relient K
You’re going to notice that I love Christmas music, so I have several of the same songs on my iPhone performed by different people. On this one, I love the rocking out version by Relient K. Then, second choice is Third Day, with Chris Tomlin coming in a distant third. Confession: I often skip over his version when it comes up. It’s fine, but a little slow.
3. “Baby One More Time” – Britney Spears (vs.) Tony Lucca
Yeah, yeah. I know. Don’t judge me. As a matter of fact, I even like dancing to it on Just Dance. It’s fun. Whatever.
That being said, my preference on this one goes to Tony Lucca’s brave attempt to be a guy doing a Britney Spears song on The Voice.
4. “Don’t Dream It’s Over” – Crowded House (vs.) Sixpence None the Richer
Oh, sorry Sixpence None the Richer. It’s just not your night. You’re fine, but you’re just no La’s or Crowded House. This one goes to Crowded House.
5. “Everything” – Material Issue (vs.) Stereo Fuse
Honestly, I love them both. They have a different sound, but it’s just a fabulous song. If I had to give it to one, I’d probably go Material Issue, since that’s another one I remember listening to over and over, though it was on CD that time around. But, really – both great.
6. “Cruel Summer” – Bananarama (vs.) Ace of Base
I don’t even know how the Ace of Base version made it on my iPhone. I listened to it and it hurt me. I skip it whenever it comes up. What the heck. All I need now is a button up jumper and a giant bow in my hair – this one goes to Bananarama.
7. “Smooth Criminal” – Alien Ant Farm (vs.) Michael Jackson
I’m sorry, Michael. I know I loved you when I was a kid, but Alien Ant Farm’s cover of this one is awesome. It’s one of my favorite cover songs.
8. “Everyday is Like Sunday” – Morrissey (vs.) 10,000 Maniacs
I really, really like 10,000 Maniacs, but c’mon, we’re talking Morrissey. He’s going to take this one.
9. “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” – Jars of Clay (vs.) Relient K (vs.) Barenaked Ladies with Sarah McLachlan
I really love this song. I never would have said that years ago, and it surprised me one day when I noticed I had three versions of it. I think all three of these are winners for me, but would put Jars of Clay as the third in this group. I really love both of the Relient K version and the Barenaked Ladies version, with one more rock and one more folksy. Don’t think I can pick. Since it’s a Christmas song, we’ll let them peacefully coexist.
10. “Golden Slumbers” – The Beatles (vs.) Ben Folds
Ben Folds did an amazing job with this short ballad from the Abbey Road B-side, but again, it’s one of those instances of “Um…it’s the Beatles.” Seems like a no-brainer. Plus, Paul McCartney’s singing seems to flow better, which fits better with the feel of the song.
Wow, wait a minute! How did I already get up to ten? I have so many more. We’ll just have to end here though, I guess. This post may have only been fun for me, but it was really fun for me. And, shouldn’t blogging be that way sometimes?
Note: I would have loved to have been able to add “The Boys of Summer” as a battle between The Ataris vs. Don Henley because it’s another one of my very favorite cover songs. Alas, I don’t like the Don Henley version enough to have it on my iPhone.