The votes have finally been tallied and your taste well and truly judged. Are you ready for the results?
Five Fast Facts!
405 songs were nominated.
Mariah Carey was nominated the most with 7 nominations but none of her nominations made the top 15.
The song that was nominated the most was House of the Rising Sun (the most well known version by The Animals, though the origin of the song is not completely clear) with four different cover versions nominated.
moddchic made the most nominations with a total of 28 and a tallied number of 85 votes.
yeezus_christ was a close second with 22 nominations, though only garnered 1 vote.
Just outside the top 10.
15.From Moulin Rouge - El Tango De Roxanne (a reworking of Roxanne by The Police)/Lady GaGa - Sound of Music Medley (for the 2015 Oscars as a tribute to The Sound of Music)(25 votes each)
14.Alien Ant Farm - Smooth Criminal (2001 version of the Michael Jackson classic)(26 votes)
13.Lauryn Hill- Can't Take My Eyes Off You (1998 version of the Frankie Valli song)/Israel "Iz" Kamakawiwo'ole - Somewhere Over The Rainbow (1993 version of the academy award winning ballad)(27 votes each)
12.Natalie Imbruglia - Torn (1997 cover of the Ednaswap song)(29 votes)
11.Fiona Apple - Across The Universe (1998 cover of The Beatles song for the Pleasantville OST)/Nirvana - The Man Who Sold The World (1993 MTV performance of the David Bowie song.)(32 votes each)
THE TOP TEN
10. Aretha Franklin – Respect (33 votes)
Respect was written and released by Otis Redding in 1965 on his third album, Otis Blue, but it was in 1967 where Aretha Franklin re-imagined the song and added the now famous chorus chant.
09. Joe Crocker – With A Little Help From My Friends (34 votes)
Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney for the 1967 Beatles album, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Joe Crocker performed a radically altered version at Woodstock in 1969.
Equal 08. Placebo – Running Up That Hill (36 votes)
The first single from Kate Bush’s 1985 album, Hounds of Love, was recorded by Placebo originally as a bonus track for their 2033 album, Sleeping with Ghosts. It then appeared on their cover album aptly titled, Covers, and on the US version of Meds in 2007.
Equal 08. Christina Aguilera, Lil Kim, Mya and Pink – Lady Marmalade (36 votes)
Drawn from first hand impressions of New Orleans, Lady Marmalade was first recorded by Eleventh Hour in 1974 and then the Labelle version quickly followed in the same year. British girl group, All Saints also released a popular version of the song in 1998 but the version recorded for the release of the Moulin Rouge! Soundtrack (the song only appears in the movie as part of a medley) was released in 2001.
07. Sinead O’Connor – Nothing Compares 2 U (40 votes)
Written by Prince and released by the funk band The Family, created solely to release more of Prince’s music, it appeared on the self-titled album, The Family, in 1985 without much fanfare. Sinead released her version as a reflection on the death of her mother in 1990.
06. Jeff Buckley – Hallelujah (41 votes)
Written and released on Leonard Cohen’s 1984 album, Various Positions, Jeff Buckley recorded his version sometime in 93/94 for his only album, Grace. Ten years after Buckley’s death it was released as a single and is regularly cited as one of the most beautiful pieces of recorded music.
05. Gary Jules – Mad World (48 votes)
Originally by British band Tears for Fears and released in 1982. The Gary Jules version was recorded in 2001 and released on the soundtrack for Donnie Darko.
04. Johnny Cash – Hurt (53 votes)
Hurt, written by Trent Reznor and released in 1994 on the Nine Inch Nail’s album, The Downward Spiral, is a song full of dark imagery alluding to drug use and self-harm. Cash released the song on his album American IV: The Man Comes Around with minor changes to some of the lyrics but yet still retains the haunting aura of the original.
03. Amy Winehouse – Valerie (60 votes)
Valerie was a song from the second album from British band The Zutons in 2006. Amy recorded and released the song as a bonus track on the deluxe version of her sophomore album Back To Black.
02. The Fugees – Killing Me Softly (62 votes)
Originally titled “Killing Me Softly with His Song” it was written in collaboration by Charles Fox, Norman Gimbel and Lori Lieberman, the latter of which recorded the song in late 1971. Roberta Flack also released a version of the song in 1973 that reached number one in the US and in Canada. The Fugees shortened the track name and released their version in 1996.
01. Whitney Houston – I Will Always Love You (67 votes)
Originally written and recording by Dolly Parton for her 1974 album Joelene. The Whitney Houston version was recorded and released on the Bodyguard Soundtrack in 1992.
Did your faves make it ONTD? Which songs were grossly overlooked?