Battle of the Songs: Three Ways to Sing "Do You Want?"

Welcome to another edition of Battle of the Songs. For this edition, I was debating to do one or two topics: either about Eurovision or Japanese songs. It looks like that this week is about Japanese songs as you can see Sunday’s and Monday’s post were both about Japanese songs. But, I am going to save the Japanese songs battles for May as it will be the first month of the new era in the Japanese calendar.

So for this battle, I want to do a song that was performed by past Eurovision winner as you know Eurovision is next month! )If you haven’t read my series about this year’s entries, you can find in these parts: Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV, Part V, and Part VI.) The song itself was never presented at Eurovision, but the group has. And, everybody knows this group as they are world famous. There have been a musical and two films that featured their songs.

Which group am I talking about?

ABBA!

I was inspired for this battle from a Spotify playlist called Discovery Weekly. This playlist is a personally crafted one as Spotify will find songs you probably have never heard before that are related to your playlist. One of the artists in today’s Battle of the Songs was featured in this playlist last week.

If I am not going to talk about “Waterloo”, what song am I going to talk about?

The answer is the 1979 song “Voulez-Vous”;

It’s not my number one favorite ABBA song (that honors goes to “Gimme Gimme Gimme (A Man After Midnight)”), but it is a catchy song.

⚠️ ABBA is NOT for voting. It is only a reference! DON’T NOT VOTE FOR ABBA. ⚠️

There are three contenders in today’s battle that presents the song in a new flavor. Enjoy listening and let me know which one is your favorite!


Nils Landgren – “Voulez-Vous”

This was the cover that popped onto my Discover Weekly playlist. I never heard of Nils Landgren until last week. What I have gathered is that Nils is a Swedish R&B, funk, and soul musician who mainly plays the trombone. He got his start in the early 1980s and has recorded lots of songs with famous musicians all over the world.

His cover of “Voulez-Vous” appeared on the 2004 album Funky Abba. I like his version because it’s slick, smooth, and so cool. He presents “Voulez-Vous” in a new light that if I didn’t know the original version beforehand, I would think that “Voulez-Vous” was originally an R&B song. Another reason why I like Nils’ version is that it reminds me of contemporary smooth jazz. Both smooth jazz and “Voulez-Vous” feels relaxed, has a sense of funk, and makes you feel good.

How about you? How does Nils Landgren’s “Voulez-Vous” make you feel?


Erasure – “Voulez-Vous”

I’m a child of the 90s, but I know little about Erasure. Though I was a tiny tot when they were famous, my parents never listened to any songs from this duo when I was growing up. I think my mom and dad don’t like dance music (especially anything from the techno and electronica genres) that much. They lime music that was popular in the 70s and 80s like new wave, R&B (like the Jackson Five), and rock and roll. I probably have heard of one Erasure song, but only in passing.

It was when I was looking for other covers I encountered Erasure’s version. At first, I thought the cover was weird as a 90s’ electronica dance tune with that high pitched synthesized melody zooming in and out throughout the tune. But, the more and more I listen to it, I quite enjoy it. Also, singer Andy Bell’s vocals fit nicely with this version and make it enjoyable.

Does this version makes you want to get up and dance?


Dạ Nhật Yến – “Voulez-Vous” (feat. Chosen One)

The last entry in this battle is from the Vietnamese American singer Dạ Nhật Yến (also known as Yenn). Yến has been active since 2006 when her first album was released. The singer released many DVDs and has appeared in various festivals and TV shows in Vietnam and in the US.

Out of the three contenders, Dạ Nhật Yến’s cover of “Voulez-Vous” is most like the original, The only difference is the tune has been modernized with a Bollywood flair, features an electric guitar and an electronic synthesizer, and features a rap section in the bridge. It isn’t a bad cover as Yến’s vocals are good, and the new rap section fits with the song pretty well.


What Will It Be?

Now it is your turn to vote! Who will be the victor of the first-ever “Battle of the Songs”? Tell me in the comments below! Also, tell me why you choose a particular version! I can’t wait to hear what you guys think!

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Remember….

⚠️ ABBA is NOT for voting. It is only a reference! DON’T NOT VOTE FOR ABBA. ⚠️


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  1. I’m with your mom and dad when it comes to techno and electronica music! Also not a fan of ABBA, but, c’est la vie. 😉 The funk version from Nils Landgren didn’t appeal either, so, by process of elimination, my vote goes to Dạ Nhật Yến. At least she made it a little more lively than the original.
    Wicked Game #BOTB

  2. I liked Nils Landgren’s Voulez-Vous more because it sounds more upbeat yet soft to me. Well that was just my personal opinion. 😀

  3. I love the Discover Weekly feature on Spotify! Love finding new bands and music!

  4. Spotify is by far my favorite listening app. I am always discovering new music. I’m not a big fan of Abba but my vote goes to them.

    1. Sorry for the confusion, ABBA is not for voting. It is a reference. Please choose from Niels, Erasure, or Yen. Thanks.

  5. Hmmm…I’m not a fan of any of the three but the one I’ll vote for is Dạ Nhật Yến. It’s bearable to listen to. Although I do LOVE Waterloo but that wasn’t an option but which will now in my head all night long! 😆

  6. My vote goes to Voulez-Vous, as I have listen her few album I and I love it.

  7. Abba for SURE! I love them!

    1. Sorry for the confusion, ABBA is not for voting. It is a reference. Please choose from Niels, Erasure, or Yen. Thanks.

      1. Oh my bad! Idk why I thought that. I liked Yen!!

  8. I’ve never heard this song before so I would have never known that it was an actual ABBA song – ha!

  9. This is awesome, love this song. I like the Abba version of it, so funky.

    1. Sorry for the confusion, ABBA is not for voting. It is a reference. Please choose from Niels, Erasure, or Yen. Thanks.

  10. I love the Discover Weekly on Spotify, too! That and the curated playlists are awesome and about all I listen to. I haven’t heard any of these before, but I think if I had to choose it would be Nils Landgren.

  11. My vote goes to Voulez-Vous. That really speaks to me! I love a good music who did it better usually its hard to decide!

  12. This is awesome! Love how you displayed it in 3 different ways!

  13. whatever is the question the answer is always ABBA. yes to Abba! lol

    1. Sorry for the confusion, ABBA is not for voting. It is a reference. Please choose from Niels, Erasure, or Yen. Thanks.

  14. hands up to me. If there is Jazz it is Jazz!

  15. singing not my thing but every one deserve to know how to, mostly when you need to sing that favourite song of your but the melody coming from you just make you stop like forever. thanks for the tips.

  16. Abba for sure. I loved listening to the song.

    1. Sorry for the confusion, ABBA is not for voting. It is a reference. Please choose from Niels, Erasure, or Yen. Thanks.

  17. Thank you for introducing me to new music. I love music, but I don’t know any listed so I can’t choose.

  18. I have never listen to the 3 contenders before this. But it’s always great to hear new version of songs. My vote will go to Nils Landgren

  19. I will take the funky version for sure. We listen to lots of funk at our house.

  20. Erasure wins for me becuase I am a huge erasure fan! This was a really fun one!

  21. Spotify is my favorite listening app so far. I have never tried Abba but I can give it a try for sure.

  22. Dạ Nhật Yến wins in my book. Mostly, I just really like her voice.

  23. My favorite one is Erasure – “Voulez-Vous”.
    Love this song.

  24. I guess I wold have only known it by ABBA but I didn’t even really know it by them so it doesn’t even really matter I guess.

  25. It’s hard to vote for anything but the original, ABBA. There is an iconic sound that can not be forgotten.

  26. I have never heard of this song before but my vote will definitely goes to ABBA because they are my favorite. Hahaha!

    1. Sorry for the confusion, ABBA is not for voting. It is a reference. Please choose from Niels, Erasure, or Yen. Thanks.

  27. I’m with your parents on the techno sound. It’s just not for me. I’m definitely more rock and roll.
    I thought for sure I was going to vote for Nils Landgren, but in the end Dạ Nhật Yến won me over. Voting for Yen!

  28. not a fan of those but I think it will be worth listening to, tha kyou for sharing this

  29. I am not familiar with those songs but I will make sure to give it a try later, tha k you fir sharing

  30. I’m rooting for ABBA since I like this band, did they win? I’m not familiar with the other bands.

    1. Sorry for the confusion, ABBA is not for voting. It is a reference. Please choose from Niels, Erasure, or Yen. Thanks.

      1. Sorry about that. The three you picked are all talented groups so, I will say: may the one with the most votes win. As always, I stay away from such voting because all talent is appreciated.
        Elizabeth here, not her VA. 🤣❤️

  31. I like Nils Landgren’s Voulez-Vous better 😁 it has a nice feel-good rhythm!

  32. I have only heard of Abba from those selected. I’m rooting for them to win the battle. Not heard their version often but I prefer it.

  33. First of all … I was looking forward to your post because I knew I was coming to party on here. But I will have to go with Abbas. They are all great though.

    1. Sorry for the confusion, ABBA is not for voting. It is a reference. Please choose from Niels, Erasure, or Yen. Thanks.

  34. My vote is for Abba. I am not a super fan but they are pretty awesome. They sure can harmonize.

    1. Sorry for the confusion, ABBA is not for voting. It is a reference. Please choose from Niels, Erasure, or Yen. Thanks.

  35. I vote for ABBA!!! I was obsessed when I was a kid after seeing mama Mia the musical

    1. Sorry for the confusion, ABBA is not for voting. It is a reference. Please choose from Niels, Erasure, or Yen. Thanks.

  36. I love ABBA! this was such fun to watch, one song different versions. very creative!

    1. Sorry for the confusion, ABBA is not for voting. It is a reference. Please choose from Niels, Erasure, or Yen. Thanks.

  37. Abba is awesome! rock and alternative twist to the old school. I love when songs are done in different genres or styles!

    1. Sorry for the confusion, ABBA is not for voting. It is a reference. Please choose from Niels, Erasure, or Yen. Thanks.

  38. Hi, AMY ~
    I didn’t like the second one at all.
    The first one I liked pretty well… for awhile. But it went on too long.
    I’ll vote for Dạ Nhật Yến.
    ~ D-FensDogG
    STMcC Presents BATTLE OF THE BANDS

  39. My vote goes to ABBA. I haven’t heard the others before and they just couldn’t measure up to the original.

    1. Sorry for the confusion, ABBA is not for voting. It is a reference. Please choose from Niels, Erasure, or Yen. Thanks.

    1. Sorry for the confusion, ABBA is not for voting. It is a reference. Please choose from Niels, Erasure, or Yen. Thanks.

  40. Of course I vote for Abba. Abba was popular when I was in high school.

    1. Sorry for the confusion, ABBA is not for voting. It is a reference. Please choose from Niels, Erasure, or Yen. Thanks.

  41. All of these versions are so good but I def love the Abba one.

    1. Sorry for the confusion, ABBA is not for voting. It is a reference. Please choose from Niels, Erasure, or Yen. Thanks.

    1. Sorry for the confusion, ABBA is not for voting. It is a reference. Please choose from Niels, Erasure, or Yen. Thanks.

  42. I will go with the version of Abba.

    1. Sorry for the confusion, ABBA is not for voting. It is a reference. Please choose from Niels, Erasure, or Yen. Thanks.

  43. You really just took me back to when I was younger…and singing this song before I knew what the words meant lol…enter the blushing of French Class freshman year :p
    This is definitely a hard one to vote this time! They are all great songs!

    1. Thanks for visiting! It is ok to like all the songs!

  44. Its a difficult vote and I am going to have to listen to them all before I make my mind up.By the way as a younsgter I loved Abba.

  45. OMG! I have not heard of Abba songs in a long time! I grew up listening to their songs!

  46. I love ABBA! It’s one of my favorite musicals. I once saw it live in London and it was magical!

  47. I have one Erasure cassette from mid 80’s and I did used to like it. Not so fond of the cover they have in your Battle. I’m going with the disco jazz sound of Nils. The funky horn work does it best for me.
    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

  48. Erasure is always a win for me. I’ve been a fan since theirs since the 80s. I still have their Greatest Hits CD to this day, which I need to make into a digital copy.

  49. Nils Landgren wins for me! I have always appreciated people who can play musical instruments so well!

  50. I like the one by Yen. I think it’s catchy and like the way it flows. Great battle. Can’t wait to see who wins.

  51. ABBA is a classic. Thanks for the ABBA inspo! I love finding new artists to listen to

  52. I love ABBA so much! But since I can’t vote for them (sheds silent tears), I’ll have to go with Dạ Nhật Yến. I’d never heard of her music before this post…thanks for the sharing!

  53. i want to sing bust my voice is not good

  54. I enjoy Abba so I would have to go with their version as my favorite!

  55. I love the Yen version! Obviously it is the one closest to the original and maybe that’s why I love it, but it’s good.

  56. I can rally and shout ABBA all the way. Their songs never gets old.

  57. Although I don’t know none of them. My daughter told me to vote for Yen, she knows all genre, and also enjoys Kpop. I always learn new songs and groups whenever I read your post.

  58. ABBA is my mom’s favorite singer group their songs so the groove and never gets old 🙂

  59. I love singing but sometimes I just flop with the lyrics so looking for a app which helps out with the lyrics. Great post I love it.

  60. I used to love Abba! Out of the three versions, I think I prefer the Erasure one…

  61. I’m not a fan of any of them but my Asian spirit dictates that I go with the Asian one. 🙂

  62. I will listen to Japanese songs when I learn more about the Japanese language.

  63. What a fun post! I do love Abba lol

  64. I love Abba. Their songs are so good till this date. I have entire albums of them with me.

  65. I’ve heard of some of these songs but they sound fun! You always find new music to share!

  66. To be honest, I have never heard of that song. I wanted to listen to Yen’s bollywood tune mixed version of that song but it seems the video is not available! So my vote goes to the first artist Nils Landgren☺

  67. They are all such great options…I don’t think I can pick just one. I love how different they are.

  68. Never heard these songs but the way you made them sing different is quite brilliant.

  69. My vote is for ABBA! I really think they took the home run on this. They sound amazing and are the best!

  70. I love discovering new music. I should checkout Spotify. I also like the Abba version of this.

  71. I had not heard them earlier but after listening to them my vote goes to Voulez-Vous.

  72. This is so cool! I love when there are different versions of songs!

  73. So fun to see this feature. SO many good ways to sing the same song.

  74. I definitely like Niles. Very funky. R&B sounds are definitely my vibe!

  75. While I love the ABBA version the most (who can top ABBA?!), I think Nils is definitely one I’d actually listen to!

  76. I always love ABBA, growing up listening with their music. But for this post, I vote for Yen

  77. Omg I loveee ABBA! It’s been years since I’ve listen to their songs.

  78. I too love exploring new music on Spotify! Though haven’t heard any songs that you’ve mentioned here. I need to check them out!

  79. I’m not a huge fan of either of the 3, but I can appreciate the talent they all possess! 🙂

  80. Although ABBA isn’t for vote, i would rather choose them coz they reminds me happy moments with my parents.

  81. For sure love all of these versions of these songs!

  82. This is super biased lol but, I like the Vietnamese artist’s cover. I like the modern twist

  83. Love reading your blogs as I always learn something new! I also am a little biased bc I’m vietnamese!

  84. This is the first time hearing and of the other three but they all sound pretty decent, I don’t think I could pick a favorite.

  85. I love that every time I read your blog, I get introduced to new music and artists I have never really heard before. This alone makes me look up to reading from you. Thank you so much..

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