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Have you ever heard a song and known that you’ve heard it before, but just couldn’t place it? It could be that you’re hearing a different version of the song you know, maybe in a different music genre or by another artist. Often songs are remade or covered by different artists and we tend to either love or loathe the newer versions. Here are nine popular song remakes; you decide whether the old or new is better.

  1. “Smooth Criminal” by Alien Ant Farm (“Smooth Criminal” originally by Michael Jackson)
  2. “Landslide” by Dixie Chicks (“Landslide” originally by Fleetwood Mac)
  3. “XO” by John Mayer (“XO” originally by Beyonce)
  4. “Valerie” by Mark Ronson ft Amy Winehouse (“Valerie” originally by the Zutons)
  5. “Hallelujah” by Jeff Buckley (“Hallelujah” originally by Leonard Cohen, later by John Cale)
  6. “Pure Imagination” by Fiona Apple (“Pure Imagination” originally performed by Gene Wilder in 1971’s Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory)
  7. “Behind Blue Eyes” by Limp Bizkit (“Behind Blue Eyes” originally by The Who)
  8. “Once Upon A Dream” by Lana Del Rey (from Disney’s Sleeping Beauty, 1959)
  9. “The Scientist” by Willie Nelson (“The Scientist” originally by Coldplay, featured above in a short film for Chipotle)
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