For the past few weeks I’ve been happily singing along to Lelah Hathaway’s remake of Sade’s “Cherish the Day.” Although I would have scoffed at anyone ATTEMPTING to touch the classic tune, Lelah handles it effortlessly and somehow makes it her own.

Hearing Lelah’s remake made me think of others I enjoy, sometimes even better than the original.

A few that come to mind are D’angelo’s remake of Smokey Robinson’s Crusin, Method Man and Mary J. Blige’s take on Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell’s You’re All I Need, Lauryn Hill’s Killing Me Softly remake, and of course Whitney Houston’s I Will Always Love You.

What’s your favorite remake?

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  • sunshyne84

    Stokley- Make Me Say It Again Girl
    Groove Theory- Hello, It’s Me
    Avant ft. Keke Wyatt- My First Love
    Troop- All I Do
    Monica- Tell Me If You Still Care
    Mariah Carey ft. Dru Hill- Beautiful Ones
    J*DaVeY- Smells Like Teen Spirit
    Aakiyah- At Your Best

    • sunshyne84


    • yes! Groove Theory’s cover of Hello Its Me is one of my favorites too!

      One I didn’t see mentioned is K-Ci & Jojo’s cover of Lately.

  • KK

    Jeff Buckley- Hallelujah(leonard Cohen)
    Maxwell- This woman’s work(Kate Bush)
    Cassandra Wilson- Time after time(Cyndi Lauper)
    Whitney Houston- I’m Every Woman(Chaka Khan)
    Amy Winehouse- Valerie(The Zutons)
    Mary J. Blige- Sweet Thing (Rufus ft Chaka Khan, I love this as well)
    Natalie Imbruglia- Torn (Ednaswaps)
    Most covers from The Fugees and Lauryn Hill.
    Those are the only ones I can think of right now, but what I would to know is the live versions of tracks people prefer to the original as I LOVE live recordings

    • Leonie UK

      Maxwell made me a super dupa fan by covering Kate Bush as I’m a huge groupie of her body of work.

  • This is how I do it over here…check these out (YouTube them, if you will):

    Jon B.- Everybody Here Wants You (originally by Jeff Buckley)
    D’Angelo- She’s Always In My Hair (originally by Prince)
    D’Angelo- Heaven Must Be Like This (originally by the Ohio Players)
    Lalah Hathaway- You Were Meant For Me (originally by…her dad, of course!)
    Anthony David featuring Shawn Stockman- Everybody Wants To Rule The World(originally by Tears For Fears)
    George Michael- They Won’t Go When I Go (originally by Stevie Wonder)
    Chico DeBarge- ‘Til Tomorrow (originally by Marvin Gaye)
    Calvin Richardson- I Wish He Didn’t Trust Me So Much (originally by Bobby Womack)
    Intro- Ribbon In The Sky (originally by Stevie Wonder)
    Tamia- Love Me In A Special Way (originally by DeBarge)
    Men Of Vizion- Show You The Way To Go (originally by The Jacksons)

    • Madame Arnoux

      That George Michael remake of Stevie’s joint is the bomb. Not as good as the original, of course, but awesome nevertheless. Thanks for introducing me to it.

    • You’re welcome- and while you’re at it, check out another remake of a Stevie Wonder song: “If She Breaks Your Heart” by The Foreign Exchange


  • Madame Arnoux

    The covers I love aren’t really all that popular, I don’t think. But off the top of my head, I’d have to go with “Maggie’s Farm” originally by Dylan remade by the Specials. “Tears of Clown” by Smokey as done by English Beat. “Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos” by P.E. as performed by Tricky and friend. And, finally, “These Boots Are Made For Walkin'” originally done by Nancy Sinatra, but I like the 7 Seconds version.

  • Dalili

    Alot of my favorites have made several list…..I’ll add:

    Sinead O’connor-Nothing Compares To You (originally by Prince)
    Phil Collins-True Colors(originally by Cyndi Lauper)
    Inoj-Time After Time(originally by Cyndi Lauper)