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Freaky Friday: Sam Smith Covers 'When I Was Your Man' by Bruno Mars

by Caitlin Carter   Jan 31, 2014 17:53 PM EST

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At Music Times, we love a good cover song. There's something wonderful about repurposing music and essentially bringing life to another creation. Music is not a rigid and inflexible product but rather a malleable one that allows songs to take on a new life as others reimagine it. Nothing gets a crowd more excited than seeing one of their favorite bands cover one of their favorite songs. The cover song makes music accessible to new audiences, and spreading music is what we are all about. Welcome to Freaky Friday. Each week we highlight a new cover song that we're crazy about. Have suggestions? Send them our way! This week, we give you...

Song: "When I Was Your Man"
Cover Artist: Sam Smith
Original Artist: Bruno Mars

Why We Love it: With the Super Bowl just days away, we wanted to dig up a Bruno Mars' cover in honor of his upcoming halftime performance. Sam Smith covered "When I Was Your Man" for BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge a few months ago. He strips the song down with just an accompanying electric guitar. Smith's voice is unique as it is, and this take on the track just oozes soul. It's basically a brand new song under his command and is equally as good as the original, which is really no surprise seeing as he's been crowned the Sound of 2014.

Background: "When I Was Your Man" comes off Bruno Mars' 2012 sophomore album Unorthodox Jukebox. The track was nominated for Best Pop Solo Performance at this year's Grammy Awards and reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, Mainstream Top 40, Adult Top 40 and Adult Contemporary charts. In an interview with Rolling Stone, Mars spoke of the song saying, "When we started the record, I was like, 'I'm never singing another ballad again,' but that came from the gut — it's the most honest, real thing I've ever sang. When there are no safe bets, that's when I feel my blood move."

Check out Sam Smith's version and compare it to the original here. Let us know what you think in the comments section below!

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