Ray Lamontagne - "Crazy" (Gnarls Barkley cover)
Gnarls Barkley’s "Crazy" is an undeniable hit, and on first listen it's easy to attribute that to Danger Mouse's simple-but-effective production or Cee-Lo's cartoonish, soulful voice. That explains a lot of it, but it doesn't explain why Ray Lamontagne’s rustic rendition works so well. This song is a hit not because of the production or because of the voice—it's because it's an extremely well-written song, and with a song like that, style, tempo, production, and all that other stuff doesn't really matter. But it doesn't hurt that Ray Lamontagne has an excellent voice.