BSBB Round 1: Florida Georgia Line, "Dirt" vs. Sam Smith, "Stay With Me"

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CHRIS PAYNE: Call Sam too depressing, too old-timey, too male Adele, whatever — this was a damn sincere song with damn great vocals that ruled all sorts of radio in 2014. Pulling that off in these rhythmic, beat-centric times must mean that Sam and his feelings were onto something really, really special with this song. I love me some FGL, but I think “This Is How We Roll” and “Cruise” represent their style better than “Dirt.”




My Vote: "Stay With Me"
MEAGHAN GARVEY: I want to vote against Sam Smith on general principle, for the sheer audacity of covering my favorite Whitney Houston song, “How Will I Know” (plus reportedly having a re-make of another classic, “It’s Not Right, But It’s Okay,” on deck). You don’t just get to re-make Whitney on a whim, my dude! But then those first chorus harmonies of “Stay With Me” hit, and everything in the immediate vicinity turns to white marble, and it’s game over.




My Vote: "Stay With Me"
MYLES TANZER: While "Dirt" is a cross into Rascal Flatts-level tear-baiting for Florida Georgia Line, there are no tears like Sam Smith tears. That opening line, "Guess it's true, I'm not good at a one-night stand," is a primal scream for all the sad boys out there. Sure, we all want the “10 percent down white picket fence house" kind of love that "Dirt" chases, but "Stay With Me" is terribly real. Smith's vocal performance is completely disarming and is worthy of all the praise it has gotten. This song will be around for a very long time.



My Vote: “Stay With Me”
ERIN STRECKER: Pour yourself a glass of wine and prepare to have FEELINGS because Smith’s hit “Stay With Me” is one of the most emotional tunes of the year. The fact that I don’t like country – particularly dudes in country – probably has something to do with my pick as well.



My Vote: “Stay With Me”
STEVEN J. HOROWITZ: You have to admit that Florida Georgia Line is really good at what they’re trying to do. As for whether what they’re trying to do is good? Ha. But even still, how could you put a sunbaked country ballad against the gospel of Sam Smith, and a song that the queen Mary J. Blige herself wanted a piece of? *prayer hand emoji*



My Vote: “Stay With Me”
OVERALL WINNER:


“Stay With Me”
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