According to Slate’s Dan Kois, Stevie Wonder’s “We Can Work It Out” is the best Beatles cover out there:
Stevie Wonder and his cover of “We Can Work It Out,” not only the best Beatles cover of all time but the only one that is definitively better than the Beatles’ original.
Now…my first response to this claim can be summed up as “OH, WORD?”
To my mind, as good as Stevie’s cover is, it’s in competition with at least two other covers from the same era: Al Green’s “I Want To Hold Your Hand” and Aretha Franklin’s “Eleanor Rigby.” Showdown!
- Aretha Franklin: Eleanor Rigby (From This Girl’s In Love With You. Atlantic, 1970)
- Al Green: I Want To Hold Your Hand (From 7″. Hi, 1969. Available on Love Ritual)
- Stevie Wonder: We Can Work It Out (From Signed Sealed & Delivered. Tamla Motown, 1970)
Who wins? You decide.