Liz Phair’s “Girls! Girls! Girls” vs. Jay-Z’s “Girls, Girls, Girls” vs. Mötley Crüe’s “Girls, Girls, Girls”
Who wins? Not to interrupt your frat party or anything, but… Liz Phair deadpanning “I take full advantage of every man I meet” just wins.
The Beach Boys’ “California Girls” vs. The Magnetic Fields’ “California Girls” vs. Katy Perry’s “California Gurls”
Who wins? Well, we know who doesn’t win. (Sorry, Katy.) But we simply can’t choose between The Beach Boys’ anthem and The Magnetic Fields’ biting anti-anthem.
The Rolling Stones’ “Shine a Light” vs. Spiritualized’s “Shine a Light” vs. Wolf Parade’s “Shine a Light”
Who wins? It takes major cojones to give your song the same name as a cut from Exile on Main Street. We’re particularly partial to Spiritualized’s muffled, fuzzed-out, post-shoegaze epic, but we still have to go with the Stones.
The Beatles’ “Come Together” vs. Primal Scream’s “Come Together” vs. Spiritualized’s “Come Together”
Who wins? Not to disrespect the universe’s favorite band of all time, but “Come Together” has always struck us as a Beatles catalog oddity. They never really wrote bad songs, but theirs isn’t at the top of our list. We like both the Primal Scream and the Spiritualized versions better. The decision probably comes down to whether you’ve got uppers or downers on your party agenda.
Prince’s “Girls & Boys” vs. Blur’s “Girls & Boys”
Who wins? We have nothing but love for Prince, but “Girls & Boys” was not his finest moment. Besides, Blur’s nothing sets a dance floor on fire like Blur’s “Girls & Boys.”
Gossip’s “Fire with Fire” vs. Scissor Sisters’ “Fire with Fire”
Who wins? Two queer icons release songs with the same name, within only a few years of each other. The Scissor Sisters track is pleasant and fun, but Gossip’s “Fire with Fire” is a total barn burner. Beth Ditto FTW!
Iggy Pop’s “Lust for Life” vs. Girls’ “Lust for Life” vs. Drake’s “Lust for Life”
Who wins? Drake may be the man of the hour, and we were playing Girls’ “Lust for Life” on repeat for months after it came out. But only Iggy Pop can write a song about kicking heroin that can double as the soundtrack to a Carnival cruise commercial.