Call Me - Blondie or Aretha Franklin?

Who sings Call Me – and which version of the song – is best – Blondie, Aretha Franklin, one of the other 3 versions and artists here? Some song titles express such universal themes that more than one creative genius and musical genre, is needed to fully express them. 

Baby boomers will remember Blondie’s dance-rock tune Call Me (1980), which was written by Debbie Harry and Giorgio Moroder for the movie American Gigolo (1980), and was a #1 Billboard US hit.   

American soul, R&B singer Aretha Franklin wrote and recorded Call Me (1970); it will be remembered by seniors and baby boomers from the seventies

And some lesser known songs also titled Call Me from artists and genres, from 2008 to 2014:

Shinedown, an American hard rock band from Jacksonville, Florida has been around since 2001. Their version of Call Me (2008) written by Tony Battaglia and Shinedown’s vocalist Brent Smith, was played on an episode of Supernatural 

English electronic band Metronomy‘s 4th album Love Letters English (2014) had this version of Call Me written by Metronomy keyboards & guitarist Joseph Mount

St. Paul & the Broken Bones is an American soul band from Birmingham, Alabama; Call Me was on their Half the City album (2014) 

Which version of Call Me is the best will likely depend on whether you’re a senior citizen, baby boomer, zoomer, generation x or other, and what genre of music you prefer. What’s your pick?

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Anita Hamilton

50+ World editor & writer Anita Hamilton's articles are inspired by real historical events, places, and people. Her travel experiences, a lifelong keen interest in history, art, vintage music, books, silent films, classic movies, "golden age" television shows, fashion, & entertainment in general - combined with years of research - make her a subject matter expert with acquired knowledge & expertise on these topics. This, and a loving and supportive family complete with 3 mini-dachshund minions, keeps her busy.

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