Always On My Mind On My Mind

I’ve always thought that the Pet Shop Boys’ version of Always On My Mind was better than Elvis’s, which in turn was better than Willie Nelson’s. However, repeated listening of this playlist has recently led me to question this view. Elvis and the PSBs are flashier, but Willie’s the only one who sounds like he means it. If you wanted a version to make you cry, and why wouldn’t you, it would definitely be his:

So then I decided maybe it went Willie>PSBs>Elvis, but – but! – Elvis’s has just the best drumming ever, throughout and especially at 2:43:

But, obviously, the Pet Shop Boys can’t be last, because their version is one of the best songs in the whole world ever. I can’t hear that first zing of the Electrobang (or Orchestra Hit, as I’m told it’s really called) without wanting to get up and dance, much like these people are:

So I don’t know any more. Maybe, and this goes very much against my grain, I like them all the same amount. But if you have a favourite please let me know.

One thought on “Always On My Mind On My Mind

  1. Jon Dalladay

    PSB = flashy but no heart so, by all means dance (I don’t)
    Elvis = does nothing for me, never has (see also Jamie Cullum etc) and much as I love good drumming, it can’t redeem a song all by itself (no, it CAN’T!)
    Willie = Why Country Music can never be written off as something that can be ignored, much as I’d love to (see also Johnnie Cash, Dolly Parton etc)

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