Reeeeemix! The Most Unique Cover Songs

March 1, 2016  |  
Lauryn Hill

Some artists are known for releasing different versions of their songs. Who doesn’t love a good remix every now and then? But when other musicians get a hold of such popular tracks and put their own spin on them, we sometimes end up with magical and unexpected performances. For instance, there’s Amy Winehouse’s version of “Valerie,” originally by the Zutons. Or how about Al Greens’s version of “How Can You Mend a Broken Heart” by the Bee Gees? And who could ever forget Whitney Houston’s untouchable cover of Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You”? Sometimes a unique cover can be bigger than the original when it’s just that well done. With that being said, check out a few fresh takes (recent and distant) from artists all over the world and stars on the rise. Afterward, feel free to share a few of your favorite covers in the comment section.

 

Adriana Gomez

Fetty Wap’s “Trap Queen” ruled airwaves last year.  Singer Adriana Gomez recorded an Auto-Tune-free version of the song.

 

Erykah Badu

Part of her phone-themed mixtape, Ms. Badu’s “Cell U Lar Device” take on Drake’s “Hotline Bling” had people talking (and singing, of course).

Lauryn Hill

No stranger to covers, Ms. Hill released her version of Nina Simone’s classic “Feeling Good” last year, debuting it on “The Tonight Show.” The song is part of the compilation album “Nina Revisited: A Tribute To Nina Simone.”

Musiq Soulchild ft. Aaries

Soulchild remade Patrice Rushen’s “Settle For My Love” over a decade ago, and it’s just as smooth and beautiful as the original.

Miguel Rivera

This Spanish singer’s acoustic guitar cover of Michael Jackson’s “Beat It” went viral, receiving over 4 million hits on YouTube.

Kiah Victoria

You may not know her name, but New York-bred artist Kiah Victoria made a soulful cover of Coldplay’s “Fix You.”

Maxwell

The last time he was on tour, Maxwell performed a sexy rendition of Al Green’s “Simply Beautiful.”  He also performed it at the BET Awards back in 2008 for the legend himself.

NHK World Blends

Three Japanese women used traditional instruments to play an eclectic version of Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal.”  Goes to show you how far-reaching the late King of Pop’s music really was.

Conkarah and Rosie Delmah

“Hello” fever swept the world soon after Adele released the song last year.  This upbeat reggae cover is just as enticing as the original.

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  • 1Val

    A few of my favorite cover songs are” Love Won’t Let Me Wait” by Luther Vandross original song of Major Harris, “Rolling In The Deep” by John Legend his version much better than Adele and Melisa Morgan’s “Do Me Baby” far better than Prince.

  • LogicalLeopard

    Almost any and all covers by jazz singer Cassandra Wilson. Who else can pull off a cover of the Monkee’s “Last Train to Clarksville?” and make it sound so smooth? “Take the last train to Clarksville, and I’ll meet you at the station….we’ll have coffee colored kisses, and a bit of conversation, dont be slowww…”
    My favorite covers of hers?
    Love is Blindness – U2
    Time After Time – Cyndi Lauper
    You Don’t Know What Love Is – Billie Holiday
    Death Letter – Son House
    Harvest Moon – Neal Young.
    Youtube them, chil’ren, you won’t be disappointed.

  • Alinxz

    Aaliyah’s version of At your best first recorded by the Isley Brothers.

    • LogicalLeopard

      If I could give you a thousand up votes for this!!!!!
      Yes, and always yes! When I was young, I had Aaliyah’s first album. But that track? That kind of made you ignore the rest. It was flawless.

      • Alinxz

        Yup crazy thing is she recorded that vocal at 14 she might not of been a big voiced diva but she knew how to interpret a song.

        • LogicalLeopard

          YES! That was what was so astonishing about it!