This just works.
I never knew I needed a country-fied take on the late, great Whitney Houston’s mega hit “I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me),” but I love everything about this.
Written by George Merrill and Shannon Rubicam, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” was released as the lead single from Whitney’s 1987 self-titled album, and shot to #1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart (along with plenty of other charts all over the world).
It’s arguably her most recognizable tune, along with the Dolly Parton-penned “I Will Always Love You,” and is always a crowd pleaser when you want to get everybody up and dancing… I mean seriously, how can you not wanna jam out when this one comes on?
Jon gives his cover a similar feel to his hit “Heartache on the Dance Floor” in terms of the production, and I’m so here for it.
While this is quite a far cry from the original, and I don’t think I would’ve ever imagined Jon singing this particular tune, Mr. Pardi really pulls it off:
The classic Whitney Houston original: