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Mariah Carey Adds to '80s Covers Canon With Foreigner's "I Want to Know What Love Is"

August 28, 2009 12:38 PM ET

Foreigner: now with 100 percent more whistle pitches! While it's doubtful "I Want to Know What Love Is" will become the "Don't Stop Believing" of 2009, Mariah Carey takes a whack at one of our 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. Because who hasn't felt heartache and pain ... and has a new album coming out next month that has so far gotten press primarily for a silly feud with Eminem.

In truth, though, this is well-traveled ground for Carey, who's done pretty nice covers of early '80s tracks (with the odd '70s pick tossed in) in the past: Journey's "Open Arms," Badfinger's "Without You," Def Leppard's "Bringin' on the Heartbreak" and Phil Collins' "Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)." Watch them all, and vote for your favorite:.

"Open Arms"

"Without You"

"Bringin' On the Hearbreak"

"Against All Odds"

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