It would appear that everyone and their dog has now covered “Let It Go”, from Disney’s Frozen. Here we share the ULTIMATE Top 10 versions of the song.
When Disney teamed up with Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Tony Award®-winner Robert Lopez. They must have seen that special chemistry that would realise musical magic. The power of the lyrics and music from Frozen has lifted Disney’s musical animation to the next level. As of today the Film has been the third Highest grossing Animation. Taking $957 million at the Box Office worldwide, Disney must be proud of their release. Although there is still time for it to continue into the number 1 spot, it is currently tailing “Despicable Me 2” ($970 million worldwide) and “Toy Story 3” ($1 billion worldwide).
With it’s catchy up beat music and lyrics, it was almost inevitable the world would want in on the action. What did surprise us was how quickly the cover versions would have been created. Below is our Ultimate top 10 versions of “Let it Go”.
1. Idina Menzel – The “Original” Version.
If we are gauging a songs quality, in our mind you can’t get better that the original version. In the original version Idina Mensel, kicks out the power song. Here you see Elsa climbing to her hiding place after revealing her secret powers. After hiding them from everyone in her room at the castle, she only feels brave enough to be herself in her own ice castle. The song has an underlying theme to it promoting self belief and being who you want to be. This has been reviewed online as “Disney’s secret agenda to normalize homosexuality”. Even if it was, Mr Tambo has no issues with the this stand point.
2. Demi Lovato – Let It Go (from “Frozen”) [Official Video].
Demi Lovato’s version of Let it Go is classed as one of the official version. This version was used in promotion of teh movie and recorded by a Disney signed artist. Demi Is signed to the Hollywood Record Label, which is part of Disney Music Group and focuses on pop, rock, alternative and teen pop genres. This label has a number of other DIsney Channel stars signed to it.
3. Alex Boyé (Africanized Tribal Cover) Ft. One Voice Children’s Choir.
Taken from Alex Boyé’s Album “Africanized”, the song features the lead vocals from Lexi Walker as Elsa. The potential of the album is huge. Combining African choir vocals and on this song the vocals from a children’s choir is a stroke of genius. The depth of the song is insane. Starting off with the deep bassy african choir, followed up with the light airy vocals of Lexi. Add the next layer of African Choir and top it off with high pitched children’s choir. Its hard to find the words to express the power here. Music when created well has the ability to pull on emotions and this version of Let it Go, makes the hairs of the back of your neck stand to attention and make the goosebumps appear. Alex Boyé’s version had the potential to be number one, if only it was in the original movie.
4. Let It Go – Elizabeth South
This Kindergarten Music teacher was asked by her kids if they could sing Let It Go. So within 1 day, Elizabeth learned and recorded the song. The vocals are in our opinion better than the “official” version by Demi Lovato. This is why this version deserves it’s number 4 position in the Top 10 chart. The performance isn’t original, but brilliant.
*** Update ***
Elizabeth South has just won Ryan Seacrest’ “Let It Go” competition.
It goes to show that we we’re that far out with our opinions. When We position Elizabeth at No.4 and Positions 1 and 2 we’re official releases.
Well Done, We wish you more success in the Future.
To find out more about Elizabeth South visit http://elizabethsouth.com/
5. Let It Go / Vivaldi’s Winter – The Piano Guys.
Classical music with added oomph! The Piano Guys, Jon Schmidt (Piano) and Steven Sharp Nelson (Cello) have created a version with no vocals and a mash up twist. A brave creation as it would be so easy to end up with a Karaoke backing track. The beginning builds up into a frenzy and to a level where you don’t even care if it is “Let It Go” any more. Then… it stops and the piano starts into playing Let it go. The change over is so abrupt if is like bad editing. Apart from this small hiccup it is well worth listening to. The Cello and Piano combo builds back up to the bar that was set initially.
The video shows how crazy the demand for cover versions is on this song. The Piano Guys appear to be using the same set as Alex Boyé. I can imagine a line of music acts standing outside waiting for there turn on the icescape.
6. Let It Go – Male Vocal Version – Caleb Hyles
Caleb Hyles has created a male version of the song. Slightly transposing the music to compliment his rocky tones. The subtle changes to the lyrics to revert the sex of the lyrics to Male instead of female is hardly noticed, but a nice touch. You can tell that he would be comfortable on Broadway as he throughs everything into the performance. On the video you can see that he isn;t just singing the song he is feeling it too.
7. Let It Go – Maddie and Zoe
Maddie and Zoe are 4 year old twins. This version although not the best version has to be in the top 10 for innocence and raw talent alone. The girls are singing the song not because they are forced to, its because they love to. At the end of the video their innocence shines through in a way that Demi or Idina wouldn’t let happen. If the line up was based upon pure cuteness it would win hands down.
We particularly love the yawning in the chorus.
8. Let It Go – According to Google Translate
Malinda Kathleen Reese has created a version of the song with nearly a 100% new set of lyrics. After passing the lyrics through Google Translate a few times the translation software returns completely different version. From past experience we know that Google Translate isn’t he best for perfect translations. On a previous project we used to release articles in several languages and needed them written by person to make sure the information read correctly.
Malinda comments that she can’t belt out the notes like Idina, but we think she does a great job and has created a great version.
“Malinda says she can not sing the notes as you need, but we believe there is a lot of work to create a large version.”
– Google Translate
9. Let It Go – Metal Verison – Pelle K
PelleK, Norwegian Metal / Rock singer has created this version of the song, which to be fair has been one of the better twists of the song. Where most people do a safe simple cover. PelleK has amped up the music and blasted out some Guitars.
For more information about PelleK visit http://pellek.com/
10. Just Don’t Go – Local 12 Traffic & Travel Reporter Parody.
Local 12 Travel and Traffic Report has created a version of the song that has been inspired by everything preceding it. After seeing the movie Frozen twice Bob Herzog felt compelled to let his parody pen write “Just Don’t Go” to explain the plight of the Traffic Man in winter. We feel the version of the sign is good enough to enter our top 10. The video also includes people falling over which is an element no one else has covered in the ice theme song.
As you can imagine, the potential list of versions of Let It Go, could go on for ever. Some are better than others and more will be released after this published list. We want to her about your versions and your favourites. Don’t be afraid to share links in the comments to the versions you prefer or love best.