Title Bout: Judging same-name songs
We compare new songs by Britney, the Black Eyed Peas, and others to old songs with the same names
Copying a test in school gets you detention; copying another artist’s song title, apparently, can get you a hit. Below, we compare the brand-new imitators with the originators.
Song title: ”Just Can’t Get Enough”
Black Eyed Peas: The Peas (relatively) slow their party roll on this smitten semi-ballad.
Depeche Mode: So addicted to synths in 1981. Get enough of that breakdown? Never.
Winner: Depeche Mode
Song title: ”Criminal”
Britney Spears: Brit is all slink and snake-charmer flutes, defending her felonious boo.
Fiona Apple: Circa 1997, Apple was the bad influence — and no snake stood a chance.
Song Title: ”Who Says”
Selena Gomez: She says love yourself, you’re perfect just the way you are.
John Mayer: He said (in ’09) he would like to get stoned and call a girl for phone sex.
Song title: ”Without You”
Keith Urban: A tender acoustic ode to the love of a good (Oscar-winning) woman.
Harry Nilsson: Still, it’s hard to step to Nilsson’s 1971 weepie — or Mariah’s ’94 reboot.