Cover vs. Original

Smooth Criminal


Thanks for this proposal, Tom. I have to admit, when I first read the name of the song, I didn't know which song it is. But then I started listening to it and I recognized it of course. But that the version by Alien Ant Farm is only a cover version and that Michael Jackson wrote the original, I haven't known so far. But you live and learn.
However, I like this song. But I'm not a big fan of Michael Jackson. So my vote goes to Alien Ant Farm.

Alien Ant Farm
2001

vs.

Michael Jackson
1987

CD-Cover: Alien Ant Farm - Anthology 50.1 % 49.9 % CD-Cover: Michael Jackson - Bad
Results of the voting: Cover versus Original
Click on the cover for listening Click on the cover for listening
Alien Ant Farm 8639 Votes Michael Jackson

Comments about Smooth Criminal:

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I was the smooth crimanal MWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
- greg, new york, United States, 1-.-1.2010
mike's smooth criminal is my absolute fave song...it gives me goosebumps <3
- nora, nyc, United States, 0-.-1.2010
Alient Ant Farm puts no feeling in their songs, unlike Michael Jackson.My vote is for MJ.
- Beckam, Burbank, United States, 0-.-1.2010
AAF has rhythmic chugs in their song, its better.
- Garnet Picard Ham, yes, Singapore, 0-.-1.2010
Smooth Criminal is one of the best songs that Michael Jackson had ever created.this song does't have competition in the world. Thanks
- Robert Cabrera, New York, United States, 0-.-1.2010
It's funny that people here start to make it a popularity contest, of course MJ is more popular. But that doesn't automaticly mean that the cover shouldn't be better. I personally like the AAF version more couse it is more up paced and they even made it as a tribute to MJ. I thank MJ for making the song and AAF for perfecting it.Owjea they were a two hit wonder, they also had these days, the one where they crashed the gay pride, the BET's and Justin and Christina. Would vote for them just for their balls.
- Niels Dowgwillo, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 9-.-0.2010
Look I Know Who Alien Ant Farm is, Though I am not a fan I do like their song of smooth criminal. They captured the same emotion as Michael Jackson did and his songs. I Also In addition like Michael Jackson too. Im Not a fan but It doesnt depribe they each have talent. Its a hard choice but Micheal Jack did do better at this song. But this was a good cover for some covers ive heard.
- Richard, Texas, United States, 8-.-0.2010
Michael Jackson's version is WAY better. The song, that is. Better singing, better instruments, right speed. The Michael Jackson Smooth Criminal Video (the 9 minute one), however, is LIGHT YEARS beyond Alien Ant Farm. Amazing dancing, singing, and directing. The AAF video makes NO SENSE! The original is in most cases better than any cover, and it is so with this case. Don't get me wrong, the AAF version is good, but nothing beats the original!

MJ Smooth Criminal=Epic WIN
AAF Smooth Criminal=Not As Epic Or As A Win
- Nick, New York, United States, 7-.-0.2010
Michael Jackson's version is WAY better. The song, that is. Better singing, better instruments, right speed. The Michael Jackson Smooth Criminal Video (the 9 minute one), however, is LIGHT YEARS beyond Alien Ant Farm. Amazing dancing, singing, and directing. The AAF video makes NO SENSE! The original is in most cases better than any cover, and it is so with this case. Don't get me wrong, the AAF version is good, but nothing beats the original!

MJ Smooth Criminal=Epic WIN
AAF Smooth Criminal=Not As Epic Or As A Win
- Nick, New York, United States, 7-.-0.2010
You can't top MJ's Smooth Criminal, it got more attention when it was released, the 10-min video is (in my opinion) the pinnacle of music video industry, the way Michael sings it is just... awesome... Long story short, my vote goes to the "smoother" original version.
- David, Houston, United States, 6-.-0.2010
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