One of the most famous showtunes ever is Diamonds are a Girls Best Friend from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes or Lorilei which was the original name of the show. Not only has almost every major artists sang this song from Carol Channing to Beyonce, Ethel Merman to Nicole Kidman and even Elton John, but each one makes their own variation of it. Some of them keep the original version while others have turned it into a dance mix and some artists slow it down to an R&B song. You can find dance versions of Diamond’s are a Girls Best Friend and also swing versions. It is a showtune that almost everyone knows and loves to sing to. With all of the weddings starting in spring and summer, I thought it would be a fun showtune to review for today and play a ton of different versions of Diamonds are a Girls Best Friend for you. Here are a few of my favorite versions of the song and if you have one that is missing from here, please feel free to leave a comment below and you can also link to the YouTube video for it.
My favorite performance of the classic version of Diamonds are a Girls Best Friend is Carol Channing singing it live. She is one of my favorite Broadway Stars and the person who originated the song I think. She is absolutely amazing for this song and the perfect person to sing it.
A fun variation of the song Diamonds are a Girls Best Friend is from the newer movie Burlesque. They sped it up a bit and turned it into a strip tease. They chopped up the song which ruins it a bit, but they also turned it into a newer version which is kind of fun.
In the movie version of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Marilyn Monroe performed the song and I think they actually dubbed her voice for a few of the notes since the producers thought that her voice was funny sounding. This version is incredible and I love how they used people for the lights in the video on the Chandelier as well as down the aisles.
In Jane Russel’s version of Diamonds are a Girls Best Friend she turns a classy fur coat and a court room into a burlesque theatre and performs the song to win over the crowd. This is one of the most classic and fun versions of the song.
I had never heard of the Puppini Sisters before but in their version they turned it into an old styled fun and upbeat song. They also made it into a version for three voices instead of just one.
In Nicole’s version, she slows the song down to become an R&B version while keeping the same melody and the same theme in the song. This is a really cool version.
When Nicole Kidman came out on a trapeze in Moulin Rouge and sang a fast and fun version of Diamonds are a Girls Best Friend she definitely modernized a classic performance and took the song over. This is one of the most popular modern versions of this classic showtune.
The last version of Diamonds are a Girls Best Friend is from the Queen of England,,,Elton John. This is one of the funnier and one the most popular versions of the song as well.
Diamonds are a Girls Best Friend is one of the most famous showtunes and there are a ton of ways to perform it. Everyone loves the song and you can perform it as a group, solo or however you want. I love that you can make it classy or burlesque or you can even turn it into a parody which is why it has lasted for so many years. Diamonds are a Girls Best Friend is one of the most well known showtunes and one that I think everyone loves.