Diva By Diva: Eight Songs Adam Lambert Must Cover


Adam performs with Queen

If there’s one thing we’ve learned about Adam Lambert over the years, it’s that as dynamic a recording artist as he is, that flash and fire is multiplied once he hits the stage.

This wasn’t lost on Brian May, who hand-picked Adam to perform with Queen, bringing his own interpretation to such classics as “We Will Rock You.” Is there anyone else of his generation that can step into Freddie Mercury‘s Adidas Samba, and not look ridiculous? No.

In fact, Adam makes it a habit to pay tribute to divas and icons in his shows, from an acoustic version of Rihanna’s “Stay” to a spirited go at Donna Summer’s classic “Hot Stuff”, to many more.

In a bit of wish-fulfillment, I decided to pick nine divas and icons, past and present, and the songs I’d love to hear Adam perform. Some of them were hits, some were signature songs, but I think Adam could do them all justice.

CHER

When it comes to picking the perfect Cher song for Adam to tackle, it’s easy to choose “Believe,” but that’s too obvious. It should be a song with sass and attitude, to match Adam’s “no bullshit” swagger. At #3 would be “Save Up All Your Tears”, which was a minor hit for Cher in 1991, and #2 would be the campy sleaziness of “Hell On Wheels”, if only to see Adam on roller skates.

But the #1 Cher song I’d love to see Adam cover is … “Just Like Jesse James”. The sight of Adam stalking the stage in cowboy gear is too hot to resist. Best Lyric – “Come On Baby Show Me What That Loaded Gun Is For.”

PINK

Pink and Adam will always be linked, thanks to the Pink-penned “Whataya Want From Me,” which became Adam’s biggest hit song (so far.) But there are other Pink songs I’d love to see Adam tackle on stage, as the two share the same rock fierceness. At #3 would be “Don’t Let Me Get Me”, with the lyrics “L.A. Told Me You’ll Be A Pop Star, All You Have To Change Is Everything You Are.”, and #2 would be the slow explosiveness of “Who Knew”.

But the #1 Pink song I’d love to see Adam cover is … “Glitter In The Air”. Adam could do wonders with this plaintive ballad … but he should probably skip the aerial acrobatics (as much as I’d love to see him soaring above in a bodysuit). Best Lyric – “Have you ever looked fear in the face and said I just don’t care?”

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