Lucy Hale vs. Miley Cyrus: Whose Version of “Jolene” Is Better?
"Jolene" — originally written and performed by Dolly Parton — is a country classic for a reason. The soulful tune about a woman begging a gorgeous rival named Jolene not to take her man has a simple but haunting melody that's impossible to forget; it's no surprise that countless artists have covered it over the years. Included on the list of people who have tried their hand at making this song their own are two of our fave young singers: controversial pop star Miley Cyrus and, most recently, Pretty Little Liarsstar/budding country singer Lucy Hale (Aria).
Lucy recently covered the song live for an iHeartRadio performance in Cali, and after hearing her stirring version, we couldn't help but think of Miley's take on the song, which comes from her 2012 Backyard Sessions. And so, we propose a friendly musical face off.
First, check out Lucy's performance, which involves a fair amount of country twang and a whole lot of gusty belting.
And here's Miley's acoustic version, which has a faster tempo but just as much heart.
Obviously, we think both singers do a good job. But which version do you prefer? Does Lucy's emotional live cover grab you? Or are you all about Miley's striped down vocals?
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