Rank & Review: ITWAN

So, I've gathered up four different versions of "I Think We're Alone Now" as the Girls Aloud cover version claims the spot of my favorite song at the moment. I've ranked/reviewed all four of the versions below in the order I like each, download links are also posted. Feel free to leave your own comments!

1. Girls Aloud (2006) [ download ]
Surprise, surprise right? Not really. There are quite a few reasons why I think Girls Aloud's rendition of the classic is the best out of the four posted. Their vocals, the video and the production are all flawless (minus Kimberley's bit, it's really off for her voice). It's different from both Tiffany's cover and the original sung by Tommy James & The Shondells (contrary to what Victoria Newton believes). The single is out in the UK on the 18th of December, pick it up!

2. Tiffany (1987) [ download ]
People must have been tone deaf to compare Tiffany to the talentless Debbie Gibson in the 80's, Tiffany can actually sing. They obviously weren't tone deaf enough as the single (deservingly) went to #1 in both the US and the UK. I really like Tiffany's version and did well before I knew Girls Aloud were covering it, WELL before. The synthetic guitar riffs at the beginning really do it for me. Please note the picture to the left is recent, not from the 80's. Tiffany still makes dance/pop inspired albums and oddly enough covered Girls Aloud's "Love Machine" while performing on a UK television show not too long ago.

3. Tommy James & The Shondells (1967) [ download ]
The first time I heard the original was about three years ago, I enjoyed it and still do. This is early bubblegum pop right here folks, it actually had instruments *shock/horror*. It has that certain sound to it I adore as does a lot of the music from that era. I can only imagine how rich the songwriters of this song are, it's been covered quite a few times and many of those times being smash hits.

4. The Pipettes (2006) [ download ]
WHA?! Is what most of you are probably saying at this very moment. Don't piss yourself, it's just a live rendition. Their cover (despite being a lesser to the original) adds something the original doesn't have, personality. The Pipettes are good with doing that with any song for that matter. Their unique sound/style contributes to their overall performance in some way or another. Their little harmonies are nice as well, I love when acts sing with accents (see: Sophie Ellis-Bextor). Definitely worth the download, check it out!
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