Top 100 singles of all time: 67 – Nina Simone – I Put A Spell On You

It’s the kind of song that makes all discussion of it utterly redundant.

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For those who do want the trivia, the original version was performed by its writer, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, in 1956. Nina’s cover reached number 23 in the Billboard R&B chart in 1965 (number 49 in the UK) and 28 when it was reissued four years later.

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It’s been covered by hundreds of acts including The Animals, The Birthday Party, Ray Charles, Eels, Diamanda Galas, Queen Latifah, Manfred Mann, Jarboe, Roxy Music, and She and Him. I did rather love the Marilyn Manson version (from David Lynch’s Lost Highway soundtrack) – another example of why they should have foregone writing their own songs altogether and just stuck to covers.

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