“Somebody That I Used to Know” by Gotye (ft. Kimbra) is, in the words of American Idol judge Steven Tyler, “changing music.” This #1 hit stands in stark musical contrast to most other contemporary radio fare, featuring a xylophone solo and haunting vocals evocative of Peter Gabriel. This earworm has surfaced across many television platforms in multiple interpretations, from the Glee version dripping with brotherly angst to “The Voice” contestant Lindsey Pavao’s dubstep-influenced arrangement to the duet from “American Idol” semifinalists Elise Testone and Phillip Phillips. Which version catches your fancy?
Original (Warning: This video contains some nudity, but nothing graphic or explicit.)
Glee (Darren Criss and Matt Bomer)
The Voice (Lindsey Pavao)
American Idol (Elise Testone and Phillip Phillips)
Which version(s) do you think do this song justice?