Leona Lewis Recorded Ellie Goulding’s “Burn” First: Listen To Her Version

Jul 8th, 2013 // 10 Comments
Who Did It Better?

Ellie Goulding has repackaged her dark and somber sophomore effort Halcyon with a couple of upbeat pop tracks to, you know, get played on the radio and important things like that. The project is spearheaded by the catchy Ryan Tedder-produced single “Burn”, which was actually recorded first by fellow English songbird Leona Lewis.

“Burn” was originally intended to be on the X Factor winner’s underwhelming Glassheart album but was scrapped when the project was retooled to include more ballads. Her version is very similar to Ellie’s — the only real difference being the pronunciation. Leona goes for an American approach (“we don’t gotta worry”), while her compatriot sticks with correct English grammar (“we don’t have to worry”). Compare versions after the jump.

Leona Lewis — “Burn”

Ellie Goulding — “Burn”

So the question remains — who did it better? While both sound great in their own way, I prefer Leona’s towering vocal on this. A song like this would have radically improved Glassheart. Let us know your verdict in the comments.

  1. MusicManDave

    Ellie’s is so much better!!!! ” Every time I here a song by Ellie it reminds me of her smash single “Lights” here in the states. She is one very talented girl who deserves all the fame in the world. This song just proves she has the staying power and nothing is going to stop her. Can’t wait to hear the new re-release of the album in August with 10 brand new songs….and Were Gonna Let It Burn Burn Burn Burn!!!!!!!!!!

  2. I love Leona’s vocal and Ellie’s production.
    Cue the SoundCloud mashups in 3…2…..

  3. Leona lewis is simply the best

  4. Alanna

    Glassheart in no way was underwhelming.

  5. Chloe

    I like both version

  6. AA

    Leona’s voice is more soulful and better for the song, Ellie is nice singer too but this Leona’s zone!

  7. Sarah

    At least Leona will get a writing credit

  8. Eats Shoots Leaves

    Wow, the ludicrousness of this comment bowls me over: “Leona goes for an American approach (“we don’t gotta worry”), while her compatriot sticks with correct English grammar (“we don’t have to worry”).”

  9. Kris

    Why in the heck didn’t Figure 8 explode like “Lights” did? I just don’t get it.

  10. J23

    Ellie’s voice is much better suited to the song. Leona has a great voice but to me the song doesn’t fit her. I love you Ellie!

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