(This is a duo post since I’m on Team Bette, but the author is on Team Annie…it’s a death match over which is better.)
Halloween is right around the corner and we are all watching and listening to traditional Halloween classics.
If you are anything like me, the soundtracks of Edward Scissorhands, Bettlejuice and Hocus Pocus are probably on repeat at your house. Hocus Pocus is a fantastic Halloween movie and the mega hit song , “I Put A Spell On You” from the movie Hocus Pocus has been remastered by 80’s legend Annie Lennox.
The original is by the incomparable Bette Midler and now the fierce Annie Lennox has offered her twist on the hit.
Team Bette – Bette Midler’s version of “I Put a Spell on You” can be described in one word; Fun! Bette recorded the song for the movie Hocus Pocus, which is a children’s movie so it has a super young feel to it. Bette Midler’s version is catchy because of the extremely up tempo melody. I love that her version could potentially be played at an adult Halloween party or a children’s party alike. It is timeless, fabulous and everything that means Bette!
Team Annie – Annie Lennox’s version is without a doubt a classic. It has a strong jazz influence. The production is very unique with what seems like an extensive band behind her. Annie’s strong voice is passionate and unique while singing this track. I love that Annie created a version of the song that is truly hers. She sings, “I Put A Sell On You” in a way that gives the song a romantic edge. Also, the piano is an excellent edition to the overall sound of this version.
Both Bette and Annie are musical geniuses. However, if I had to choose one version I would go with the Annie Lennox version. It is bewitching and unforgettable. I love Jazz and her strong voice truly changes the song. Also, Annie’s rendition of the hit makes it easy to understand the lyrics of the song. Truly hearing and learning a songs lyrics makes the song relatable and in turn it becomes a classic.
The versions are both excellent but very different. But if you absolutely had to pick your favorite version, who’s version would it be? Listen to both versions and let me know which one speaks to you! Are you Team Bette or Team Annie?