Time for another installment of the Cover-Song Showcase Showdown, in which we dig up numerous recreations and bastardizations of a beloved song, and let you vote on which is the least offensive. Today’s candidate Badfinger’s 1970 lament “Without You,” which has been taken on by artists ranging from Il Divo to Heart. We’ve got the two versions that hit No. 1 on the U.S. pop charts–by Harry Nilsson and Mariah Carey, whose covers are mashed up in the above clip–in competition, as well as takes on the song from mop-topped American Idol runner-up Clay Aiken and Chicago-based provocateur Bobby Conn.
Clay Aiken – Without You [MP3, link expired]
Mariah Carey – Without You [MP3, link expired]
Bobby Conn – Without You [MP3, link expired]
Harry Nilsson – Without You [MP3, link expired]