Same name, different song. Which one wins?
Last week, Midnight Sun scribe Lindsey Citron did a little digging and came up with a pretty extensive list of totally different songs that share the same name.
There are some pretty wild ones, and I'm sure Lindsey just scratched the tip of the iceberg. So feel free to add yours to the list. Here goes:
"[Female Dog]" -- The Rolling Stones vs. Meredith Brooks
The figurative versus the literal.
"Vienna" -- Billy Joel (pictured) vs. The Fray
The Fray takes on the lonely aspect of a foreign city, while Billy Joel romanticizes the idea of leaving it all behind. ...
"We’re All in This Together" -- Ben Lee vs. High School Musical
Whether you liked it or not, after High School Musical debuted, little Zac Efrons were everywhere chanting this Disney-fave. Ben Lee’s version has the same catch phrase, but with just a slightly better set of verses before and after.
"Alcohol" -- Barenaked Ladies vs. CSS
With lyrics like “Am I a horse? / Am I on fire?” we find ourselves asking if there is more than just alcohol in the mix of CSS’ song.
"Higher Ground" -- Stevie Wonder vs. Bedouin Soundclash
Stevie Wonder’s classic phrase takes on a religious tone in the ska-reggae hit by Bedouin Soundclash.
"Amsterdam" -- Coldplay vs. Peter Bjorn and John vs. Guster
There’s something about those Socialists. The Coldplay song is more famous, but Peter Bjorn and John and Guster get points for including the city’s name in their lyrics. Oddly enough, not one of the versions explains what exactly happened in Amsterdam. Between the hot air balloon in Guster’s song, to the trance-like whistling in PB and J’s version, one thing is for certain: Strange things happen in Holland.
"Closer" -- Nine Inch Nails vs. Jimmy Eat World vs. Kings of Leon
It’s hard to hold any song against one that lines up “you let me violate you” and “penetrate you” back to back, but Kings of Leon produce a ballad that, well, more suits its name. Jimmy Eat World’s version deserves an honorable mention as well.
"Superman" -- Dave Matthews Band vs. Lazlo Bane
Both Supermen claim not to be so in their individual renditions. Shouldn’t the titles be “The Un-Superman?”
"Intuition" Jewel vs. Feist (pictured)
It’s hard to remember if Jewel’s song existed before the Schick razor commercials. Feist’s has more of a singer-songwriter feel than a full-fledged radio-pop song.
"Bang Bang" -- Iggy Pop vs. Dispatch
One bang-bang to wake you up and the other heading towards outer space make for two great songs.
"Hollywood" -- Madonna vs. The Cranberries
"Whiskey and Wine" -- 311 vs. and Matt Costa
"Everyday" -- Buddy Holly vs. Dave Matthews Band
"Stronger" -- Kanye West vs. Britney Spears
"Someday" -- The Strokes vs. Sugar Ray
"See the World" -- Gomez vs. The Kooks
"Run" -- Ben Kweller vs. Amy McDonald
"California" -- Any and every surf-rock band in the United States.
"All At Once" -- The Fray vs. Jack Johnson
"Again and Again" -- Keane vs. The Bird and the Bee
"I Want You" -- The Beatles vs. Bob Dylan
"Satellite" -- Dave Matthews Band vs. Guster vs. TV on the Radio vs. Anna Nalick.
"Invisible" -- Modest Mouse vs. Taylor Swift
"Is This Love" -- Bob Marley and the Wailers vs. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah