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Performances That Are *WAY Better* Than the Original Song?


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I'll start with a few of the first ones that come to mind for me.


Vanessa Ferguson's "Don't Let Me Down" (The Chainsmokers & Daya). I downright dislike the original version. Daya's voice is fine, but the instrumentals in the original are grating to me. But I loooooove not only Vanessa's voice, but what The Voice band did with the instrumentals, especially the way it sounds in Vanessa's studio recording.


Dexter Roberts's "Here Without You" (3 Doors Down). Another one where I downright dislike the original, but WOW, Dexter's voice is STUNNING on this one. This is so weird for me because I mostly listen to rock - not country - but the stripped-down country arrangement for this one is perfect and (in my opinion) actually sounds leagues better than the original's rock arrangement. This might actually be my favorite out of all of these. I STILL listen to this on repeat. It's hypnotizing.


Johnny Gates's "Maggie May" (Rod Stewart). I actually like the original, but there's something magical about Johnny's version. His voice sounds heavenly on this song.


Darius Scott's "You Make Me Wanna"  (Usher). Another one where I dislike the original, but Darius's RUNS ON THIS ONE. MY WORD.


Kirk Jay's "In Case You Didn't Know" (Brett Young). The original is OK to me, but Kirk's voice sounds so nice on this one. It's so tender and vulnerable, and I love how soulful the instrumentals sound.


Micah Iverson's "Graveyard" (Halsey). I actually thought this was really, really pretty; even though he sounded nervous and a little shaky, I loved the arrangement and the tone of his voice on it.

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2 hours ago, Misirlou said:

All of Bodie´s performances so far.


And Kate Kalvach´s KO.


Agreed with both, but ESPECIALLY all of Bodie's performances so far. Especially "Better Now." I legit loathe Post Malone's music, and he made one of Post Malone's songs not only tolerable, but actually pretty. That's a feat.

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As a new one, I actually really like the original "Can We Talk" by Tevin Campbell, but I'm obsessed with Justin Aaron's version. Everything about it is perfect. The key change, his effortless vocals, his delivery of every single line...

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