Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, Mya & Pink
Released: 18th June 2001.
You can't have failed to have heard this track by now. Whether you see it as a tapestry of powerful, emotive voices, or just four women trying to out-sing each other, it's bound to have made you listen. And why not, when it has four of the most famous women in modern R&B, plus an offering from Missy Elliott? The harmonies are perfect and the vocals impeccable. Though the track may seem to tail off towards the end, it's still extremely credible, and certainly more powerful than the All Saints rendition.
Don't you just hate it when a good cover of a song is released, then it's re-made again, but this time much worse? That's exactly what's happened here, as this version of "Lady Marmalade", is nowhere near as good as the All Saints' hit. That version had attitude and great production, but this is just lame. These women have done much better on their own; their voices just don't fit together. Unfortunately this has received a lot of media attention, and will no doubt be a huge hit.