But -- this is the version. While Mariah Carey's version of her song may be most people's favorite, so many others have recorded it and done it very well. But as good a pure song as is the Vince Vance Version, it's Lisa Layne's gut-powerful performance that ratchets it up for its popularity. How big a hit was it on country radio? I remember the year it finally caught on (it had been written a few years before) the country station in Los Angeles would literally tell listeners when they would next be playing it -- usually within the hour.
The Valiants have an official video of the song, but they have a model in it lip-synching the song. So, on her own without the Valiants, I decided to post a video of Lisa Layne singing it on camera in a concert. She softens it a bit for the live audience, compared to the grittier (and better) version of the recording, but it still has her rasp. And is still terrific.
Which of the two songs is the best? Oh, who knows? The joy is that they're both wonderful. Mariah Carey's is probably the most fun. Lisa Layne's performance is probably the best. Or vice-versa.