When a Cover Outdoes the Original. No. 1: Sacrifice, as covered by Sinead O’Connor. Original by Elton John.

This is a song about the resignation of love, and Sinead takes Bernie Taupin’s lyrics and delivers stunning vocal artistry within a simple arrangement that allows her to shine. Sinead doesn’t throw away one word: She crafts every single note carefully to tell a story that will make your heart quiver before it breaks (which will happen when she harmonizes with herself). It makes John’s version seem hokey in comparison (forgive me…much respect for Elton). I never, never get over this performance. She’s beyond brilliant. I hope Taupin sent her a gift basket or something. You can find this version on the John/Taupin tribute album called Two Rooms.