There aren’t many that can do it like Mariah…old Mariah that is.
So yesterday I was discussing this new Amerie & Trey Songz song “Pretty Brown Eyes“. prior to hearing it I thought, “oh no…you are a fool for trying to remake a Mint Condition classic”. I like both artists(love them even) but some things shouldn’t be touched. This song actually has different lyrics and is not a remake…so I won’t talk too much about it, but of course it isn’t HALF as good as the original song with the same title.
But it made me think about some of my FAVORITE remakes. Some I may even like better than the original (but not many). Now my last post about D’Angelo & Lauryn Hill featured two that would be on this list, “Cruisin'” and “Killing Me Softly”, but here are a few others.
Without You -Mariah Carey: this is my favorite song by her. Just so happens its also a remake.
A Dream -Mary J. Blige. I just finished listening to the original (DeBarge) and I must say, I do enjoy Mary’s version more. This was on the Money Talks soundtrack. Back in the day I used to be in Columbia House and BMG so I had all kinds of movie soundtracks just for the hell of it…
Natural Woman -MJB. now this is NOT better than the original, but it is one of my favorites, from the New York Undercover TV Show Soundtrack
Love Don’t Live Here Anymore -Faith Evans & MJB: if you read Faith’s memoir you know there was drama with this song, and it was rereleased with just Faith’s vocals. I can’t even seem to find the duet version online but trust me, the duet is MUCH better.
I’m Going Down- MJB again. She’s done a lot of remakes I know, but I had to go on ahead and get my girl out of the way. LOL
Ain’t No Sunshine -Emily King: I really dig this girl. If you haven’t heard of her, consider yourself comatose sleeping. The linked version is a live one… but the song is on her CD East Side Story
Let’s Straighten it Out -Monica & Usher: this was on Monica’s first CD…and it was one of the underrated tracks. Many thought they didn’t do this Latimore jam any justice, but I disagree. Think about how young both of them were singing this song. like 14 years old…having more soul than some grown folks. Of course they did another duet on Usher’s second cd that also got so-so reviews, “Slow Jam”.
Bohemian Rhapsody-The Braids: now I have no clue where they are, barely knew WHO they are…but this song was on the High School High Soundtrack and I would play it over and over. I love this! Glad I was able to find it on youtube…and a video too that I’ve never seen.
Everything I do (I do it for you) -Brandy: I love Bryan Adams version, but I’m glad Brandy had the guts to sing this wonderful song.
My Funny Valentine- Chaka Khan. yall already know, Waiting to Exhale Sountrack. seems like lots of remake are on soundtracks…interesting pattern.
Reasons -Musiq: this is on the Interpretations Tribute to EWF joint. Love Musiq on this! First off let me say this is MY FAVORITE EWF song, so of course its not better than the original, but its still damn good.
Keep Forgettin’ -Dave Hollister: from his debut solo release, Ghetto Hymns. now this doesn’t top the original–from the blue eyed soul man himself Michael McDonald…but do like it. If you aren’t familiar with the original, I know you will recognize the beat from the Warren G/Nate Dogg “Regulators” sample….
I Will Always Love You-Whitney Houston: I mean how can you NOT love this? The Bodyguard Soundtrack. After watching the Whitney interview its strange knowing she was going thru so much during this time…this song is one of those that brings me to tears…
Feel the Fire -Teddy Pendergrass & Stephanie Mills. This is probably MY FAVORITE OF THEM ALL. Peabo Bryson sang it before them, but a duet sets the song off. “Teddy, Teddy, Teddy…dont you dare!”…whew! I want to feel the fire!
so tell me, what are some of your favorite remakes? I’m sooooo on my R&B ish today!!!!