My friends and I were discussing our favorite song covers and I thought I would share my top five since I’m totally bored and never seem to have anything to talk about on the weekends. :)
The reason I especially love these five is because they took a song and turned it into a personal expression instead of trying to replicate the originals.
Just goes to show that all art is measured and received differently by the individual.
This is an acoustic cover of Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean by Chris Cornell. Obviously Cornell kicked ass in Soundgarden and Audioslave, but this cover is one of my all time favorites.
This is a cover of Hey Ya by Mat Weddle of Obadiah Parker. It is amazing! Anything else I can say would only take away from the song. This is a crappy video someone made, but the sound is perfect.
Back to Black:
This is the Ruble Strips cover of Back to Black by Amy Winehouse. I heard their song Girls and Boys in Love in the movie Run Fat Boy Run and I just loved their sound (plus the singer is adorable).
This is A Perfect Circle’s cover of Imagine by John Lenon. Maynard is just effing amazing. Nothing more needs to be said. I don’t think there’s a song he could touch that I wouldn’t love.
This is a cover of Nutshell by Staind. It takes a giant of a performer to cover something by Alice in Chains and Aaron Lewis is obviously more than able. I actually like his version better than the original. This cover is different from the others because Staind didn’t actually change the sound of the song, but it had to be included. Period.
Staind also does an amazing cover of Tool’s Sober and Pearl Jam’s Black. Oh and their covers of Pink Floyd’s Comfortably Numb and Nothing else Matters by Metallica have to be mentioned as well. (So shoot me, I love Staind and they can cover anything.)
I also love:
Johnny Cash’s version of Nine Inch Nails Hurt
Ryan Adams version of Oasis’s Wonderwall
I can’t believe it, but Brittney Spears cover of Boby Brown’s My Prerogative
Sublime’s cover of the Toots & the Maytals’ 54-46 That's My Number/ Ball and Chain. Sublime wrote the second part of the song (Ball and Chain) but I love the way they combined the sounds.
So that's it. The more I think about it the more I remember so I'm gonna stop here. lol
I would love to hear some of your favorites though. :)
*Just follow the links if you want to hear the covers I’m talking about.