ONTD Original: Hits That Were Reworked and Re-Recorded




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Artists like to revisit and record their hits for different reasons - like to either celebrate how far they've come, to get the proper licensing after their contract with their label is up, or because they find another opportunity to get a good coin. For whatever reason, most fans can agree that it's unnecessary to do so because the final product never matches up to the original. If you're generous enough, maybe you can still enjoy the revamped songs on its own.



Here are 10 hits that were recorded a decade+ since its original recording, and see if they are worth the listen




10. Mariah Carey - "All I Want For Christmas Is You (Extra Festive Version)" (2010)


Re-recording of: "All I Want for Christmas Is You" (1994)
For: Merry Christmas II You
Notable differences: Orchestral intro, different ad-libs here and there
Justice to the original? Meh - Mariah is the queen of re-recording songs to fit remixes and such. There was another questionable re-work of this song featuring a cult-member singer, but this version does not necessarily add anything nor ruin the og.



9. Third Eye Blind - "Semi-Charmed Life" (2009)


Re-recording of: "Semi-Charmed Life" (1997)
For: Rock Band
Notable differences: instrumentation
Justice to the original? Yes.



8. Donna Lewis - "I Love You Always Forever (2008 Version)"


Re-recording of: "I Love You Always Forever" (1996)
For: In the Pink bonus tracks.
Notable differences: Percussion, some piano bits replaced with synths
Justice to the original? Sure - If this were to pop up in a store somewhere, it's almost indistinguishable to the original.



7. Soft Cell- "Tainted Love (Re-Recorded / Remastered)" (2009)


Re-recording of: "Tainted Love" (1981)
Notable differences: Vocals, mastering
Justice to the original? Meh - you can tell the aging in the singer's voice.



6. Kim Carnes - "Bette Davis Eyes" (2007)

Re-recording of: "Bette Davis Eyes" (1981)
Notable differences: Vocals, mastering
Justice to the original? Sure - it just sounds like a clearer version of the original.



5. Taylor Dayne "Tell It To My Heart" (2016)


Re-recording of: "Tell It to My Heart" (1988)
Notable differences: Vocals
Justice to the original? Yes - this does not have the same comically dramatic singing like the og, but considering the 20+ years difference, she pulled it off.



4. S.E.S - "Love [Story]" (2017)


Re-recording of: "Love" (1999)
For: Remember anniversary album.
Notable differences: Production, added rap verse and interpolation of another song
Justice to the original? Yes - this recording is more upbeat and added a new fresh vibe to it, so it's an improvement.



3. INOJ - "L Y D (Love You Down)" (2017)


Re-recording of: "Love You Down" (1997)
Notable differences: Vocals, production
Justice to the original? No - the vocal recording sounds amateur and weak. The instrumentation sounds a little cheap, a downgrade.



2. Christina Aguilera - "Genie 2.0" (2008)


Re-recording of: "Genie in a Bottle" (1999)
For: Keeps Gettin' Better: A Decade of Hits
Notable differences: Everything
Justice to the original? Meh - it's very different to the original so there's not much of a comparison, however it's great on its own.



1. TLC - "No Scrubs (20th Anniversary Version)" (2013)


Re-recording of: "No Scrubs" (1999)
For: 20th Anniversary Japanese Album
Notable differences: Slight differences in vocals and production
Justice to the original? Sure - it's pretty damn close to the original.



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