Hold onto your seats, ladies and gentlemen. The cover you never knew you always wanted is embedded below.
Keith Urban visited the Sirius XM studio in Nashville, Tennessee and surprised the live audience and Sirius XM subscribers when he busted out with a cover song nobody saw coming. Urban decided to tackle the Taylor Swift unilaterally penned No. 1 hit song, recorded by award-winning group Little Big Town, “Better Man,” putting his own spin on it. Rather than singing about the man who damaged the woman who loved him, Urban was the character personified and crooned about wishing he had been a better man in the relationship.
Perhaps it is hard to wrap your head around the song performed by anybody other than Karen Fairchild as lead vocalist, along with her bandmates, Kimberly Schlapman, Jimi Westbrook, and Philip Sweet on harmonies, but we promise once you hear Urban’s version, you will feel quite fulfilled.
The song which earned Little Big Town another visit to the top of the charts came to be when Swift e-mailed Sweet of the group and told him she thinks she has a song they should record. Upon hearing the gem Swift personally delivered to the foursome, the acclaimed group couldn’t deny its potential.
“Better Man” ultimately became the lead single off the group’s eighth studio album, The Breaker. The song helped the project reach No. 1 on the US Top Country Albums chart, as well as the UK Country Albums chart. It preceded three more singles that were released from the album, “Happy People,” “When Someone Stops Loving You,” and current single “Beat Up Bible.”
Listen to Keith Urban’s unique version of Little Big Town’s “Better Man” above and try to tell us that a better man could have taken on this track. We dare you!