Cover vs. Original

American Pie


No long discussion: We don't have to talk about Madonnas version of American Pie. She can't make it to create the same atmosphere with this song as Don McLean did 30 years ago. In may opinion also the voice of a man fits much better to this song. It is a folk song for the campfire and not a song for Madonna, the Queen of Pop.
Or do you have another opinion?

Madonna
2000

vs.

Don McLean
1971

CD-Cover: Madonna - Music 13.5 % 86.5 % CD-Cover: Don McLean - American Pie
Results of the voting: Cover versus Original
Click on the cover for listening Click on the cover for listening
Madonna 5209 Votes Don McLean

Comments about American Pie:

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Since the day when rap music top of the billboard's chart till now, this is the second time when the day the Music died. This is why Madonna is singing this song about. I used to think her music was pretty trashy but in comparison to today's rap music, hers is really not bad at all.
- jcwang, eunice, United States, 5-.-0.2011
How can Madonna sing about a day she couldn't have any recollection of. It amazes me how many people know all the words to the song, but have no clue what it is about. The plane crash that killed Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and "The Big Bopper".
- Steve B, NYC, United States, 1-.-0.2011
Now dat was an EPIC movie!
The song is amazing and toothpicks.
- Garnet Pickard Ham, Derp, United States, 0-.-1.2010
Don McLean: About the day the music died
Madonna: No, this was the day the music died
- Katherine, Fort Worth, United States, 9-.-0.2010
I mean, really. Madonna thought that Miss American Pie could refer to her, or to part of her.
- Rob L., Vancouver, United States, 8-.-0.2010
I am 13 years old, and usually most of my schoolmates listen to nothing but pop crap. However, at once of the school dances, my friend requested American Pie, the Don Mclean original, and everyone sang along. It was amazing, considering that most of what everyone else requested was Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, etc. So not all kids hate original music and have no taste, just most of them do. ;) The original is obviously the best.
- Ben, Boston, United States, 7-.-0.2010
Madonna chopped it and ruined it. Not only that, her overdone studio-fixed voice is nothing compared to Don's clear, beautiful honest croon, which even sounds exactly the same live.

But my main beef with Madonna's version is this: she doesn't get it. Don wrote this song with all his heart and mind to comment on and explain his views on the deep changes America suffered, from the idyllic 1950s, to the raucous 60s, in music, politics and society. How can this washed out 80s pop monster possibly understand what the song's about? She probably doesn't even know who Buddy Holly was and why was he important. Not to mention all the other references in the song. And moreover, the sentiment that Don imprinted is also about his personal life and his own experiences coping with his losses (his father, his heroes, his nation, his childhood); how could anybody else possibly imprint this same feeling without experiencing it properly? I know the song back and forth and all I can aspire to is to try to understand it and get in Don's shoes for a second. And this whiny bitch just goes and covers it just like that?? How do you expect me to think her version's believable and not just a poor attempt at cashing in on Don's talent?

To top it all off, Don's aterrific songwriter. Madonna's just a washed out white trash bossy bitch who doesn't have anything original up her sleeve (else, would have she resorted to nudity and lesbian kisses? I don't think so. At least Don's honest)

Oh, and for the record, I don't think selling better in this day and age when music's utter crap pre-fabricated for idiots,
constitutes being better; count the fact that the target audience was mostly MTV-fed retards who can't even spell, lest recognize what good music's supposed to sound like anymore. If it's not disco-friendly fast beats, hip-hop addled ripoffs or emo-fag whining, kids won't even go for it.

But check this out.
Everybody's forgotten Madonna's version. Dons version's stood the test of time for decades and still speaks to generations. I think history has passed judgement here.
At least he can take that with him, years after this insult.
- Claudia, Loong Beach, United States, 4-.-0.2010
Madonna: "The corporate music machine", ruins another classic.
Her version has as much content as a mouth full of cotton candy.
- K, Monster, United States, 1-.-0.2010
Madonna: "The corporate music machine", ruins another classic.
Her version has as much content as a mouth full of cotton candy.
- K, Monster, United States, 1-.-0.2010
Her first role must have been in The Sound of Music, where the child played by her asks: "But does it have any meaning?" Ever since she asks it again and again, but she doesn't find the answer.
- MT_Anthony, Budapest, Hungary, 9-.-0.2009
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