Cover vs. Original

Nothing Compares 2 U

Although Prince didn't record it until AFTER Sinead's version became a smash hit (he penned the song), Sinead would have outdone him anyway. It's that good.

- Matt, New York, United States, 14.10.2005



Sinead O'Connor

CD-Cover: Prince - Hits 1 40.1 % 59.9 % CD-Cover: Sinead O'Connor - I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got
Results of the voting: Cover versus Original
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Prince 2693 Votes Sinead O'Connor

Comments about Nothing Compares 2 U:

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I remember when this song came out too, it broke quite overnight and it was the most exciting single anyone had heard in years-and a ballad at that! No-one had ever heard anything quite like it, it was devoured by the masses and 20 years later, it's not hard to see why. Prince is probably the greatest mainstream musician of his generation, but Sinead's version of "Nothing Compares 2 U" is definitive, much like Otis's "Respect" was made definitive by Aretha Franklin.
- Craig, Rochester, United States, 14.08.2009
Sinead O'Connor's cover of "Nothing Compares 2 U" is a work of art. The echoing, crashing drum track of the record predates hip-hop, the orchestral arrangement is one of the most beautiful in all popular music, but the most stunning aspect of the record is her singing. She gets every quiver, shriek, phrasing technique and whisper right, I mean this is REAL singing. Prince is easily overall the more major artist but even he couldn't better (or even come close to matching)Sinead's masterful recording.
- Craig, Rochester, United States, 14.08.2009
Seriously, Sinead's version is winning? It is horrific, I hated this song, until I heard Prince and Rosie Gaines' version. It's by FAR the better. It has emotion and passion, not just whining. Prince is a whack-a-doodle nutjob, but he shows on this song that he knows music, at least. The choice of Rosie is inspired, she blends with him perfectly on it. I'll admit, I've never heard the Family's version, so it might be better yet. But Sinead? No way. *shudders*
- Erik, St. Paul, United States, 04.05.2009
Stereophonics by far!
- Marc, Seattle, United States, 31.03.2009
Sinead. Always Sinead. Amazing.
- fdty, Seattle, United States, 15.10.2008
Prince's version is sooo much better. I love the emotion and feeling you get when listening to him sing it with Rosie Gaines. Prince is not the original singer though, he wrote it for The Family then later recorded himself after it's surging popularity.
- Noria, Dallas, United States, 31.05.2008
I like both but dont ever call prince overrated he is the greatest musical genius of our time
- Frank, Chicago, United States, 10.01.2008
Sinead took a very average song from an overrated singer and made it into something so special. It's pure class.
- Jason, Watford, England, 06.08.2007
Sinead took a very average song from an overrated singer and made it into something so special. It's pure class. And what a video...
- Jason, Watford, England, 06.08.2007
I loved the original version by the Family when it was released. I remember being being completely frustrated that O'Conners' version recieved so much more attention and airplay when released a few years later. It's good in its own way but to me doesn't compare to the original. Im also not so fond of princes new version.
- G. Grier, Atlanta, Ga, United States, 18.03.2007
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