Saturday, March 28, 2015

Who Sang It Best?


"Give Me One Reason" is a song by the American singer-songwriter Tracy Chapman. It was released on her 1995 album New Beginning, and as a single in 1996, her first since 1992's Dreaming on a World. It is also Chapman's biggest US hit to date, reaching #3 on the US Hot 100. Chapman also performed the song six years before its release, on the December 16, 1989 episode of Saturday Night Live. A music video was released to promote the single. Chapman earned the Grammy Award for Best Rock Song for the track, that was also nominated for Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Female Rock Vocal Performance at the Grammy Awards of 1997. A well known version of this song featuring Eric Clapton was released in 1999 in the compilation album A Very Special Christmas Live.

The song is the story of an ending relationship, and a plea from the narrator to her partner for the partner to convince her to remain, to "give me one reason to stay here, and I'll turn right back around." At the end of the song, the partner is apparently given voice for the last line, "said I told you that I loved you, and there ain't no more to say."

The song has been covered a few times. Today we compare Tracy Chapman's version against Kelly Clarkson's version.


Tracy Chapman
https://youtu.be/fpmN9JorFew



Kelly Clarkson
https://youtu.be/JN66KH4lr0I



Now that you've heard them both - tell me, who do you think sang it better?

Tracy Chapman

or

Kelly Clarkson?





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