- The Alexandra Burke version, the X Factor winner’s single (likely to be No 1)
- The Jeff Buckley version, the one that people my age think is the best version (likely to be No 3)
- The original Leonard Cohen version, which I still stay loyal to (likely to be No 30 or so)
Three versions of the same song in the charts, twenty-four years after the original was released. Who’da thunk it?
Why was I smiling? Because an imp of mischief got to me. I began to wonder. Shall we use the web to make the Jeff Buckley version number 1? Against all odds? Wouldn’t it be a fitting posthumous tribute to a master musician? Wouldn’t it be more of a good thing for the songwriter? And wouldn’t it be a fun thing to try?
So. Are we up for it? Can we make the Jeff Buckley version number 1?
Incidentally, there have only been two instances where number 1 and number 2 were by the same artists (the Beatles in 1964 and Usher in 2004). There has never been an instance where No 1 and No 2 are the same song, by two different people. We have the chance to help make history while having some fun across different generations: I cannot imagine anyone buying both versions next week….