Reeeeemix! The Most Unique Cover Songs
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.
Fetty Wap’s “Trap Queen” ruled airwaves last year. Singer Adriana Gomez recorded an Auto-Tune-free version of the song.
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).
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.
This Spanish singer’s acoustic guitar cover of Michael Jackson’s “Beat It” went viral, receiving over 4 million hits on YouTube.
You may not know her name, but New York-bred artist Kiah Victoria made a soulful cover of Coldplay’s “Fix You.”
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.