5 Unusual Covers of “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend”

Last week, we brought you five notable recent interpretations of everyone’s favorite gem-celebrating anthem, “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend.” This week, we give you five more, but these run the gamut from silly to strange:

1. The Muppet Show (1980)

Carol Channing originated the song in 1949 on Broadway. We bet she never dreamed she’d sing it with a pig:

2. T Bone Burnett (1982)

On his EP Trap Door, the noted songwriter and producer turns the song into a bluesy rocker that Wikipedia calls “both campy and cynical, while capturing the essence of the lyrics.” Apparently Burnett liked it, because the song reappeared on his Essential T Bone Burnett compilation—and Emmylou Harris put out an almost identical rendering the next year.

3. Yeti Girls (2011)

The inevitable punk version, by Germany’s Yeti Girls (though no girls appear to be singing):

4. Muppets Tonight (1996)

Miss Piggy gives “her number” a second shot, this time with Whoopi Goldberg and an all-penguin band:

5. Elton John (2000)

Finally, taking things way, way over the top, is Elton John. This performance, from a Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS benefit, features the singer wearing $3 million in Harry Winston jewels:


Hey Arnold! (1999)

In this parody-slash-tribute, a mother of one character from the Nickelodeon cartoon series croons that beepers (!) are a girl’s best friend:

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