Top 10 Music Adaptations

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The following ten music adaptations and remakes have been successful. They stick with viewers for long periods of time. Additionally, they have defined history and have left a mark on those who love the older songs, whilst still bringing in newer and younger audiences.


1. Candle in the Wind, Elton John

The Candle in the Wind, written and sung by Sir Elton John, is not the original version. The song was previously called “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road”, in honor of Marilyn Monroe in 1973 album. Sir Elton John adapted the song in 1997 to honor his friend Princess Diana, who died in a car crash in Paris.


2. Hallelujah, Espen Lind featuring Kurt Nilsen, Alejandro Fuentes and Askil Holm

The song was written by Canadian singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen. In 2006, a Norwegian Quartet released the song and continued to make it a hit. It was the fastest selling hit in Norway and reached No.1 on VG-Lista (Norwegian Singles Chart). It remained at top 20 for 37 weeks. Although the song was not initially successful, it has become one of the greatest hits. It is sung at charity concerts and funerals, especially that of Jack Layton.


3. Hotel California, Gipsy Kings:

The song was an adaptation to the 1977 hit single of the same name by the Eagles. Gipsy Kings adapted the tune and lyrics in a flamenco version in 1988. Marc Anthony and Rascal Flatts followed in the 2000s. The song was named No.49 on the Rolling Stones list of greatest singles of all time.


4. Big Yellow Taxi, Counting Crows & Vanessa Carlton

Big Yellow Taxi was originally sung and written by singer and songwriter Joni Mitchell in 1970. It was a big hit in Canada and Australia coming in at no. 14 and no. 6 respectively. The Counting Crows and Vanessa Carlton adapted this song to appeal to wider and younger audiences and as a soundtrack to Two Weeks’ Notice. The rendition was successful and topped Billboard`s top 40.


5. Respect, Aretha Franklin

The song was originally written and sung by artist Otis Redding in 1965. Aretha Franklin redid the song in 1967, which provided an altered essence. Both are compelling and have a deeper message. Whilst Redding pleas for a woman`s respect, Franklin`s version reiterates that she deserves respect. Franklin received two Grammy Awards in 1968 for this song.


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