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If you ask me to play each of the following songs, how many different artists (including the original artist) will I have available in iTunes? (Not including parodies, but including instrumental-only versions.)

[Poll #1479153]

Date: 2009-11-01 06:04 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kodi
Wow, I think I have at least one version of every song listed except Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want. I only have original versions of Stairway to Heaven, Wuthering Heights, Total Eclipse of the Heart, Spirit in the Sky, Smells Like Teen Spirit, and Ever Fallen In Love (assuming this is the Buzzcocks song).

Date: 2009-11-01 07:03 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tober.livejournal.com
Huh. This list includes three songs I wasn't even familiar with ("Ever Fallen In Love", "Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want", and "Wuthering Heights") and for most of the rest I am not familiar with any covers - the one major exception being "Hallelujah", which is one of my favorite songs and for which I am aware of a lot of covers... and a fair number of (sad) people who believe the original artist is Rufus Wainwright (I like his cover, but...)

Somebody needs to compile a comprehensive list of songs where the best-known version is a cover. Maybe somebody has already but my google-fu seems to be weak tonight. For example, the most popular version of "Blinded By The Light" is by Manfred Mann's Earth Band but the original artist is Bruce Springsteen.

Date: 2009-11-01 07:09 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] timprov.livejournal.com
This works startlingly well as a list of songs which I am boggled that anyone likes. I'm not sure if that's a sign that I should not be making effort in this area, or a sign that I really should.

Date: 2009-11-01 21:22 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] timprov.livejournal.com
Being the age I am, "Smells Like Teen Spirit" is the member of the list I've heard covered most. Some of them are dada and self-aware enough to amuse me occasionally - TMBG's, for instance.

Mostly, though, covering a dumb song does not make it any less dumb.

Date: 2009-11-01 10:19 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kalimac.livejournal.com
I actually have heard and can identify, and even moderately liked, a full five songs on this list, which considering my detachment from pop music is mind-bogglingly high for me. (One of those five, however, I only know because Weird Al did a good parody of it, and for that, one is a low number for me.)

Date: 2009-11-01 11:51 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] barondave.livejournal.com
For a long time, there was a range of songs that I had at least two different parodies of and not the original. In some cases, I have filled in. Still, every now and then, I'll be listening to the radio and a familiar tune will come on but I'll say to myself, "those aren't the lyrics. These are boring."

None of those you listed, however.

Date: 2009-11-01 12:24 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] irilyth
How many of them are a capella?

Date: 2009-11-01 16:27 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dd-b.livejournal.com
Wow, there are three songs there I actually know, and I think a fourth that I've heard OF.

For which reason I will not be attempting to answer the actual question you ask.

Date: 2009-11-03 02:05 (UTC)
aedifica: Me looking down at laptop (off screen).  Short hair. (Default)
From: [personal profile] aedifica
I don't know for the quiz, but I hope you have Michael Hedges' version of "All Along the Watchtower"--it's a good one. (Instrumental.)

Date: 2010-07-12 00:32 (UTC)
aedifica: Me looking down at laptop (off screen).  Short hair. (Default)
From: [personal profile] aedifica
Apparently I commented without voting! I still don't know, but now I've voted (for the fun of it).

Date: 2009-11-03 10:24 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] xthread.livejournal.com
Right. Don't forget that the performances that we are most familiar with of Where Did Our Love Go and Ball of Confusion are not by their original artists.

Date: 2009-11-04 19:40 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] curiousangel.livejournal.com
I do hope you've got Dolly Parton's cover of "Stairway to Heaven". :)

Date: 2009-11-06 21:18 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] the-xtina.livejournal.com
I want like a list of the songs you have for some of these.  (All Along, Don't Fear, Stairway.)

In return:

http://myoldkyhome.blogspot.com/2006/05/hallelujah.html
http://plasticshards.com/blog/archives/tag/nescover

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