“If I Loved You”: Who Sung It Best?

“If I Loved You,” from Carousel, one of the greatest ballads of the Rodgers and Hammerstein catalogue, has been covered easily over 150 times. It’s a great song, but not easy to sing. YouTuber Beatrice Powell has put together this terrific compilation of thirteen different versions. To me, they range from poor to great. I watched the video once, and had one set of opinions, and then closed my eyes and had a different set. Who’s version is your favorite?

2 thoughts on ““If I Loved You”: Who Sung It Best?

  1. BASED UPON THE SOUND OF THE WORDS, AS OF TODAY, LISTENING NOT WATCHING I’D SAY MARIO LANZO.

    • That’s funny you say that, because I had one opinion when I was watching and another when I just listened. When I was just listening, Mario Lanza also stood out for me. I think my favorite, though, both ways, is John Raitt, who played the part in the original version of the play–but I’m probably biased because that was the first version I ever heard.

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