135 SCORE: 7.085 2015 PLACEMENT: UP 14 - 149 of 210 (6.314) HIGHEST SCORE: 10 x 13 (@Vasilios @Sprockrooster @Angeleyes @soratami @Up Down Suite @BreatheBox @citoig @Xanax @phoenix123 @Remorque @Trinu 3.0 @Holly Something @happiestgirl) LOWEST SCORE: 0 x 2 (@CasperFan @Mr Blonde) MY SCORE: 7/10 Would anyone like another slice? No? Are you sure? Feels like a waste to throw all this away. But then I guess Madonna did that to 80% of the original song, so. Yes, "American Pie" finally bows out after becoming the target of the thread's ire for... quite some time. I don't know. I only ever read my own posts. Up fourteen places and surging from 6.3 to 7.0 isn't that bad a go at things though! Originally for the soundtrack for The Next Best Thing, a turn of the millennium box office turd (with apparently 19% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes) that Madonna was the co-lead of, she decided to cover the iconic Don McLean song at the encouragement of her co-star, Rupert Everett. Madonna, determined to not let a homosexual down, did as he asked, and it would turn out to be the only good decision he would have a hand in, because this was actually pretty huge. It's one of Madonna's thirteen No.1s in the UK, and hit the top spot in a load of other countries in Europe too. It even managed Top 30 on the Hot 100 despite having no official US release and nothing but strong radio play. Radio. Playing Madonna. Strongly. The day the music died indeed. I honestly think this is one of Madonna's prettiest vocals on record. She sounds sensational on it and just glides from line to line. The production job overall is absolutely pristine, which maybe clashes with the original heterosexual white grit of the original, but we have to remember who we're dealing with here: Madonna pulls you into her world; she isn't going into yours until you've satisfied the demands of her rider. I could have easily listened to all thirty verses of the original with the treatment M and William Orbit give it. In fact, both the between-era singles in this and "Beautiful Stranger" sound marvellous to this day. It also got the seal of approval from Don McLean himself, who said Madonna's version was "a gift from goddess" and "mystical and sensual" which is how people frequently describe my presence also. Despite having great success with it, it was never performed live even just once. It did get a Kelly Clarkson video before Kelly Clarkson was even Kelly Clarkson though, where Madonna casts a bunch of ugly Normals to illustrate the rich tapestry of the American BLAH BLAH BLAH enjoy!