Cover vs. Original

Without You


Mariah's version injects more emotion into the song. You feel the gut-wrenching emotion, as Nilsson's version is more macabre.

- Charlie, Cincinnati, OH, United States, 03.05.2007


Mariah Carey
1994

vs.

Harry Nilsson
1971

CD-Cover: Mariah Carey - Music Box 25.8 % 74.2 % CD-Cover: Harry Nilsson - Nilsson Schmilsson
Results of the voting: Cover versus Original
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Mariah Carey 2020 Votes Harry Nilsson

Comments about Without You:

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Most people know a superior version of this song when they hear it.A lot of Mariah Carey fans have got to be the most tone deaf people on the planet.Her version is ok,but is nothing to brag about.Put her back in the seventies,would be average at best.
Way overrated.
- john, miami, United States, 30.08.2010
Mariah Carey's the best singer of all-time!! No emotion? You should watch her live version in Madison Square Garden in 1995 and you'll change your mind.
You say there's more emotion in the Nilsson's version only because he's dead and I understand: that's what I say now every time I listen to a Michael Jackson's song (We'll never hear the King of Pop anymore...). I'm sorry but I don't say that to be mean but if Mariah was dead, I know most of people would have voted for her.
But actually, Nilsson's version's not the original one: it's Badfinger's one!!
- Axel, Texas, United States, 23.08.2010
Nilsson pure poetry; Carey a money grubbing off-note siren.
- Jeremy, London, England, 07.07.2010
MAriah is the best singer ever !!! How can u compare this nilson voice to hers!! OMG!! he is totaly out !!!
- CESar, EL Paso, United States, 09.06.2010
Harry Nilsson sings this song beautifully.Mariah sounds like an amateur,compared to him.Also like the original by Badfinger.
- Dan, Austin, United States, 10.11.2009
To all those who say Nilsson's version is the best u r seriously need to get your ears checked. Mariah made that song her own! Nilsson's version is boring & lacks the emotion & power that Carey's version displays.
- Kyle, Perth, Australia, 17.07.2009
The ORIGINAL version by BADFINGER will never be topped by Nilsson, Carey or anyone. Probably the most underrated band ever.
- Iñaki, Barcelona, Spain, 29.03.2009
Beautiful song made all the more beautiful by Mr. Nilsson and utterly destroyed Miss Piggy.
- Martin, London, England, 16.02.2009
It is obvious that Mariah was inspired by Nilsson's version. She says she heard the song as a little girl. So inspiration alone should make the best cover go to Nilsson. But the quality and depth of Nilsson just makes it a slam dunk.
- Pascal Redfern , Missoula, United States, 14.01.2009
QUE MANERA DE DESTRUIR UNA CANCION Y QUE VALOR O DESFACHATES DE MARIAH DE ATREVERSE A CANTAR ESA CANCION.
OBVIAMENTE LA MEJOR ES LA DE NILSSON SIN LUGAR A DUDAS
- oscar, mexico city, Mexico, 21.10.2008
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