'Glee' Covers vs. Originals: Who Sang It Better?
''Born This Way''
There was much hype surrounding the Glee cover of the debut single off of Lady Gaga's new album. But while the song failed to light a huge fire underneath her loyal fans, did the Glee version fare better?
''Somewhere Only We Know''
Things are probably about to get ugly. Fans of alt-rockers Keane will argue that the band's inspiring tune falls in the ''untouchable'' category alongside the classics. But even the most rigid fans will admit the Warblers bring a little magic all their own.
It'd be rude to say ''no contest.'' Right? Oops. We just did.
Holly Holiday (Gwyneth Paltrow
A Popwatch study claims the sound of Adam Levine's voice is more effective in getting people to remove their clothes than lice and heat waves combined. Can Darren Criss & Co. best those results with their tenor harmonies? This could be a close one...
Does Brittany S. Pierce (Heather Morrison) win by default because she doesn't have a dollar sign in her name? No. (But she should...) Sorry, Ke$ha.
Brittany and the New Directions
Justin Bieber's pop-tart single was certified double platinum and catapulted him to stardom among the tween set. But was Sam's (Chord Overstreet) cover as The Justin Bieber Experience a better Bieber experience?
''Need You Now''
The absence of country twang in the Glee version, performed by Puck (Mark Salling) and Rachel (Lea Michele), makes this battle even tougher, and as a result, we have an apples-vs.-oranges situation. That said, it probably should be noted (and thus count for extra points) that the song recently helped earn Lady Antebellum a few shiny Grammy awards.
PUCK & RACHEL
On one hand, you have the version of ''Teenage Dream'' that's fun visually. On the other, you have the version that's fun to listen to. In an effort to keep voting unswayed, we won't say which one we think is which. Just keep in mind that one of these broke a pretty impressive sales record for the artist. That's all we're saying.
''Keep Holding On''
Not that we want to start up a Canada-vs.-USA rivalry, but one version of this song is vocally superior by leaps and bounds. Although the original was good enough for 2006's Eragon...
Heart vs. April Rhodes (Kristin Chenoweth)?! HEART vs. APRIL RHODES!? Yup, we're completely cruel for making you choose ... but we're making you anyway.
April and Schuester
We're partial to the soul-filled Duffy version of this 2008 tune, but that's because we're still holding a grudge against Vocal Adrenaline from Regionals.
''Gives You Hell''
This song was the first mainstream No. 1 for the All-American Rejects, the most played song of 2009, and a complete guilty pleasure for everyone who didn't have a 1 at the beginning of their age at the time. So, sorry, Rachel. You don't win this one.
The All-American Rejects
This battle might come down to whether you believe this song sounds better with understated vocals or a power performance. Our vote goes to Lily Allen — largely because there's an explicit version. Because sometimes it just feels good to say the uninhibited truth.
Rachel and Finn
''Bust Your Windows''
Now this is what we call a diva-off.
''Hey, Soul Sister''
Our vote goes to the song not featured in every laundry-related commercial in 2010. Then again, 2011 just started. There's time yet to overplay the Warblers' version as well.
''Me Against the Music''
If we're being completely honest, these sound incredibly similar, making voting for one or the other extremely difficult. The deciding factor will probably be if you prefer yours with or without Madonna. Personally, we don't remember the last time we said ''hold the Madonna.''
Brittany S. Pierce
Both versions of Bruno Mars' catchy little number give us the warm and fuzzies. This call is all you.
''The Only Exception''
As much power as Rachel brought to this Paramore hit, Hayley Williams' conviction is unmatched as she sings the words she wrote with now-estranged band member Josh Farro.
Rachel and New Directions
''Hate on Me''
This song showed Jill Scott was not just an R&B queen but a sassy force to be reckoned with. And a mere seven episodes into Glee's first season, it did the same for Mercedes. Call us stumped.
''When I Get You Alone''
This superhot debut track from Robin Thicke got the attention of fans and critics alike for its sexy sound. Now the debate here is: Could this song be too sexy for the Warblers?