Acoustic Versions Do It Better

When I first started downloading music with Napster in high school, being the emo kid that I was, I tried to find songs labeled B-sides, RARE, or *~*HARD TO FIND*~* so I could discover music before anyone else. I ended up with a lot of acoustic versions from famous people (in fact, this is how I first heard Weezer and “Jessie’s Girl”). When you’re used to the acoustic version of a song, the album version can sound a little jarring, like there’s a lot of extra noise in there. Sometimes it’s nice to just hear the stripped down version and the true power behind the singer’s voice. Other times a song has been completely reimagined. For this week’s aural fixation, I’m providing a list of some pivotal acoustic versions of songs from my iTunes.


1) John Mayer – Love Song For No One (I know I KNOW he’s a douche but his music is SO GOOD)

2) Weezer – No One Else

3) Everclear (?) – Jessie’s Girl (Yeah, I bet you didn’t see THAT one coming)!/s/Jessie+s+Girl+Acoustic/cEmHq?src=5

4) Dynamite Hack – Boyz-n-the-Hood

5) Sublime – Saw Red (I like the original better but this is moving)

6) That Swedish goddess, Robyn – Hang With Me

7) Obadiah Parker – Hey Ya

Honorable mentions: Foo Fighters – Everlong; Sam Smith – Latch; the entirety of Swiss Army Romance (I SAID I was an emo kid).

And of course, this list wouldn’t be complete without T-PAIN:

Erin R

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Erin R. hails from Austin, Texas, and meandered through Houston, San Diego, and Milan before high-tailing back to the greatest state in the nation. Her interests include correct spelling and grammar, her adorable cat Shiloh (see #FloofWednesday), making poignant lists, and consorting with her troublemaker friends at bars on East 6th. She is seriously starting to freak out about growing up, but is looking forward to crankiness and sarcasm being more acceptable. For more writing, check out her website
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