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Rate-O-Rama : Songmania is a reader participation game.
Every Sunday I will publish a Rate-O-Rama article which will feature three versions of a popular song.
The object is to listen to each of the music videos provided within the post.
After listening to each video you can rate each song in the comments section below.
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The rating method is easy. Simply give each song a rating of 1 to 100.
(The more you like the song the higher the rating).
If possible, please provide a brief comment explaining the reasoning behind your ratings for each song.
After a week (Saturday evening) I will tally the ratings and in the next Rate-O-Rama post I will announce the winner from the previous post.
The winners will be determined on a scale of averages.
I am taking the Rate-O-Rama series to the next level. At the end of each month I will do a raffle in which the winner will win a $5.00 tip.
To enter all you have to do is participate in playing the Rate-O-Rama game. Since R-O-R is updated every Sunday night in order to qualify you must play the game during it's initial seven day period with Sunday evening being the cutoff period.
For each game you play you will receive a ticket for the raffle. Therefore if you play all four games in the month you will have four chances to win.
The winner will not only win the $5 prize but I will feature your Vocal Profile on Vocal + Assist on both Facebook and Discord and you will be featured in the first R-O-R game of the month after your win.
The October 2023 Rate-O-Rama Raffle Winner:
Last week we featured the Spiritual Folk Rock classic: "Hallelujah" as recorded by Leonard Cohen (1984), Jeff Buckley (1994), and Alexandra Burke (2008).
The following are the average ratings for each song as resulted from the votes:
🥇 Jeff Buckley: 96.5
🥈 Leonard Cohen: 82.9
🥉 Alexandra Burke: 80.9
The Thirteenth Edition of Rate-O-Rama features three renditions of the iconic Modern Rock classic: "The Scientist."
“The Scientist” was a huge hit worldwide for Coldplay. It was certified platinum in Denmark, 3x platinum in Italy and the UK, and 4x platinum in Portugal and the US.
The liner notes credit all four members of Coldplay as writers; however, ultimately, the song was written by lead singer Chris Martin. Critics praise Chris Martin's vocal performance for effectively utilizing both his mid-range and falsetto voices.
The music video won three MTV video music awards.
Willie Nelson (2011)
At the young age of 78 Nelson recorded the song for a Chipotle Mexican Grill short film titled Back to the Start, highlighting the problems of concentrated animal feeding operations and the importance of developing ethical farming practices. It also appears as the final track on his 2012 album Heroes. Nelson's version plays during the closing credits of the 2014 film The Judge.
Corinne Bailey Rae (2017)
The British singer/songwriter covered the song for the soundtrack to the film Fifty Shades Darker.
Coldplay: I’ll make no secret of it from 2001 to 2009 Coldplay was my favorite band of the current time. Chris Martin’s voice and the band’s ethereal songs get me everytime. I have collected all nine of their studio albums on CD plus downloads of other rare recordings.
“The Scientist” is easily one of my favorite Coldplay songs. I give it 100.
Willie Nelson: while I am a huge fan of Willie Nelson I'm not particularly fond of his vocal performance on this song. It is a bit rough and raw, and usually I like rough and raw, but in this case his performance is a bit spotty. Plus the arrangement drags. However, I give him kudos for recording the song for a good purpose. I give Willie 88 mostly because of the reason he recorded the song. Good deeds should be rewarded.
Corinne Bailey Rae: Corinne is one of my major favorites. I love her voice and her songs. Her rendition of “The Scientist” is no exception. I love how Corinne takes the time to emote each word she sings and add that extra feeling that reaches into the heart. She puts her heart and soul into the song and I love it. I must give Corinne 100.
I will be back next week with the results of this Rate-O-Rama Edition.
Last Week's Rate-O-Rama:
With Love, RHC ❤️
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