Most of Linda Ronstadt’s biggest hits were covers.
Now, I’m a Linda Ronstadt fan and her recordings were generally done with tasteful arrangements, were well produced, and, well, they feature Linda Ronstadt’s voice which is always welcome.
Still, she certainly didn’t shy away from covering songs by legitimate icons. She could have picked songs by lesser known artists and/or songs with decent songwriting that nevertheless were botched by bad studio choices made by the original artists or producers. In such cases she could easily have made the songs her own in such a way that the Linda Ronstadt version would undeniably be the definitive version.
As her catalogue filled out, however, I think only the most fanatical Ronstadt lover would claim that her versions were always the best.
I’m making a poll of 10 songs recorded by Linda Ronstadt as covers.
The poll allows for multiple choice. For which songs would you say that Linda Ronstadt’s version was the best version.
Feel free to mention your opinion on songs not included in the poll.