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Cover of A Tribute to the Greatest Hits

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Madonna cover
American pop star Madonna released a cover version of the song in March 2000 to promote the soundtrack to her film The Next Best Thing (2000). Her cover is much shorter than the original (it contains only the beginning of the first verse and all of the second and sixth verses) and was recorded as a pop-dance song. Don McLean himself praised the cover, saying it was “a gift from a goddess”, and that her version is “mystical and sensual.”

Due to the success of the single, it was included as a bonus track on her 2000 studio album Music, however this was not available on the North American version. Madonna explained in a 2001 interview on BBC Radio 1 with Jo Whiley, the reason that the song was omitted from her 2001 greatest hits compilation GHV2: “It was something a certain record company executive twisted my arm into doing, but it didn’t belong on the (Music) album so now it’s being punished”.

Cover history::

The cover was produced by Madonna and William Orbit, who had previously worked with her on the 1998 studio album Ray of Light and 1999 single “Beautiful Stranger”. Released in March 2000, the song was a big worldwide hit, reaching number one in many countries, including the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Italy, Germany (her first since “La Isla Bonita”, in 1987), Switzerland, Austria and Finland. The song was the 19th best selling of 2000 in the UK. There was no commercial single release in the US, but the single still reached the number twenty-nine spot on Billboard’s Hot 100, based on airplay alone.

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A long long time ago I can still remember
How that music used to make me smile
And I knew that if I had my chance
I could make those people dance

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  • IfUSeekLucas

    I don't have words to describe how much I love this song! ♥ [10] McLean said that it's a gift from a Goddess, and he was right. [5]

    1 Oct 5:03am Reply
  • PeruSambixta

    I don't have words to describe how much I love this song! ♥ [9]

    16 Sep 11:38pm Reply
  • m2a1

    I don't have words to describe how much I love this song! ♥ [8]

    12 Aug 5:53pm Reply
  • sternenfee0

    ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪Klasse!!♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸

    3 Aug 5:09pm Reply
  • GrantSaylor

    i love madonna but this is dreadful

    20 Apr 9:00pm Reply
  • Kio_Las

    Лучше оригинала

    20 Mar 3:01pm Reply
  • KillerAndyc

    Perfeição ♥

    2 Feb 12:10am Reply
  • Eudes_Ferreira

    Não sou muito chegado a Madonna, mas tenho de reconhecer que fez um excelente trabalho regravando a canção, como dizem: "música boa não acaba nunca", prova disso são os comentários abaixo que lembram desse trabalho até hoje.

    24 Jan 3:57am Reply
  • Harkonnenka

    I love this song so much, it always cheer me up!

    8 Dec 2013 Reply
  • barrylu

    I don't have words to describe how much I love this song! ♥ [7]

    11 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Tony--

    26 Oct 2013 Reply
  • ruanLastfm

    Madonna totally owns this cover

    19 Oct 2013 Reply
  • MrMik98

    McLean said that it's a gift from a Goddess, and he was right. [4]

    6 Oct 2013 Reply
  • bander_az

    McLean said that it's a gift from a Goddess, and he was right. [3]

    18 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Floris_V

    McLean said that it's a gift from a Goddess, and he was right. [2]

    24 Aug 2013 Reply
  • davidbowiegirl

    Great song and a good cover, actually like this more than the original.

    30 May 2013 Reply
  • gaby_beatie

    One of my all time favourites <3

    19 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Fabio001

    The first single I ever bought on cassette. <3

    8 Apr 2013 Reply
  • sprutsistem

    I like this is song! So Cool!

    3 Mar 2013 Reply
  • aZENOa

    We started singing! ♪ [3]

    2 Mar 2013 Reply
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