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Stay With Me
DENISE WARNER: This isn’t even close. Years from now, Smith’s “Stay With Me” will be remembered as a career-making turn — and “Maps” will be just another cookie-cutter Maroon 5 hit. My Vote: “Stay With Me”
JOE LYNCH: Sam Smith's "Stay With Me" might be a little too close to Tom Petty for comfort, but it's still one hell of a vocal performance. You can hear the tears in his voice. As for Maroon 5's "Maps," that's just too close to comatose for comfort. My Vote: “Stay With Me”
MAURA JOHNSTON: A couple of months ago, Adam Levine turned his The Voice chair around approximately 13 seconds into Maiya Sykes’s performance of Sam Smith’s ode to neediness. While bouncy enough, his own band’s offering in this fight is nowhere near as grabbable (or as easy to pull off live). My Vote: "Stay With Me"
WILLIAM GRUGER: No country for Adam Levine. Props to Sam Smith for breaking out this year, and for his best-known song being a ballad. My Vote: “Stay With Me”
ALEX GALE: Maroon 5 went from unwelcome house guest to trespasser with this hit, boiling down its hit-making formula to its most irritating parts. Adam Levine’s falsetto and its auto-tuned tremolo grates, while Sam Smith’s couldn’t be warmer or more welcoming. “Stay With Me’s” piano and drums arrangement is simple and stripped-down, but by comparison, Maroon 5’s by-the-numbers pop-rock is what sounds exposed. My Vote: “Stay With Me”OVERALL WINNER: “Stay With Me”