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13 Songs That Were Better As Demo Recordings

Of course The-Dream's demo is better than Beyoncé's version. And other blasphemies.

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A watered-down, horn-heavy version of this song appears on Pleased to Meet Me, but the demo is THE version. It's a perfectly messy, essential recording.

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Bey's version is pretty great too, but The-Dream's original demo is a little less melodramatic. There's a rough-sounding percussiveness that makes this version hit harder. Oh, and the vocal harmonies on the chorus — so good!

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This version is less jaunty than the White Album version and more, well, sexy.

(Official version)

We've mentioned it before, but it bears repeating: This is so, so good.

(Official version)

One-hundred percent less Jamie Foxx Auto-Tune warble.

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The official Alice version is nice too, but it's really refreshing to hear Tom Waits be a little less campy and more unadorned.

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This turned into Graduation's "Homecoming." The demo is more successful at being celebratory without seeming pompous or faux uplifting.

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Recorded on an eight-track in a bedroom, this version is achingly intimate where the studio version is cloyingly cutesy.

(Official version)

Charmingly off-the-cuff and breezy. Stevie sounds so wonderfully natural.

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Strips away some of the dark nihilism JAMC sometimes indulged in and replaces it with a beautiful, chiming pop song.

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The original version of Bulletproof Wallets was notoriously ravaged by sampling payment issues. No remake was hit harder than "Flowers" — the final album version feels chintzy and dated in comparison.

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"Too Far Gone" is a gem from Chrome Dreams, an unreleased batch of demos that Young recorded in the '70s. It didn't appear again until it was re-recorded — slicker, more canned-sounding — for 1989's Freedom.

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The demo version of this song is one of GBV's best songs — raw, rollicking, impossibly catchy. The Do the Collapse version, produced by Cars frontman Ric Ocasek, is an almost embarrassing wobbly new-wave mess.

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