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As anyone who watched this year's Oscars is well aware, it's the 50th anniversary of the theatrical release of The Sound of Music this year. More specifically, the Julie Andrews-starring, Academy Award-winning film made its U.S. premiere on March 2, 1965 -- 50 years ago today.
In honor of the anniversary, we rounded up some of our favorite covers of the iconic score over the years from some of today's most popular acts. Check them out below.
5. Gwen Stefani
Okay, so Stefani didn't properly cover The Sound of Music. But what better way to show how these songs wormed their way into current pop culture than Stefani's song "Wind it Up," which sampled "The Lonely Goatherd." Not to mention Stefani's video was basically "The Von Trapp Children Try Drugs For the First Time." (This would never fly in the original.)
4. Carrie Underwood
Sure, the show had its detractors, but Underwood's performance in the 2013 NBC live telecast was also responsible for more than 20 million people tuning in to watch the iconic musical once again. While the performance is no longer available online in full, fans can get a taste of Underwood's 2008 performance of "The Sound of Music." Her cover of the titular song is probably the reason she was recruited for the job in the first place.
3. Glee cast/Lea Michele
It was only a matter of time before the Glee cast took on the musical they (likely) grew up with. Fans were so onboard that Lea Michele also sang "My Favorite Things" in a memorable shampoo commercial as well! It remains a mystery why Michele wasn't able to talk her way into Underwood's production (besides that dang Fox contract).
2. Christina Aguilera
Everyone knows Aguilera has powerful pipes, but not quite as remembered is the fact that Aguilera regularly performed "Climb Ev'ry Mountain" as part of her 2000 tour (included on My Reflection DVD). Never fear, she puts that signature Aguilera spin on the number, so if you've always wanted to hear the iconic tune with just a few more vocal leaps and riffs, check it out below -- and be sure to enjoy the first Maria with serious red highlights.
1. Lady Gaga
The most recent high-profile tribute to the film came during Lady Gaga's showstopping Oscars performance on Feb. 22, 2015. Singing a medley of tunes from the film, Lady Gaga won over a worldwide audience, particularly one very special VIP: Julie Andrews, who came on stage after the number to embrace and thank the singer.