“Beggin” Makes Another Comeback

Måneskin’s rendition of “Beggin” has brought them to the No. 1 spot on the Spotify Global chart. In 2017, the Eurovision group performed the song for X Factor Italia, but never released it as a single. Now, it’s being widely praised, and the group was even featured on a Times Square billboard. 

But this song came long before Måneskin’s hit. It was originally written by Bob Gaudio and Peggy Santiglia, being released and performed by Franki Valli and The Four Seasons in 1967. The song was also featured in the 2004 Broadway musical (and 2014 movie adaptation), ‘Jersey Boys.’ 

The song made a huge comeback in 2007 when it was sampled by Yosef Wolde-Mariam and Tshawe Baqwa, the Norwegian artists known as Madcon. As well as altering the lyrics a bit, the group was able to smoothly incorporate rap into their remake, which sounds a bit more similar to Måneskin’s most recent version, which also incorporates a raspy punk element. 

What fascinates me most about this song is its versatility. Both Madcon and Måneskin are able to add their own unique twists to the classic by seeing it through the lenses of different genres. I wanted to highlight my favorite, but I’ve honestly given up. Each reimagined version is so unique that they cannot even be compared. 

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