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8 Cool Song Covers ...

By Lyndsie

My recent post on Glee covers got me to thinking about music covers in general. I’m pretty brutal about covers; I hate it when someone covers a song and it’s horrible. But, there are a lot of cool song covers out there, too. Some of them are crazy good – and some fans claim that a few of them are even better than the original versions. I don’t know if I’d go that far … although some of these are pretty good.

1 “Hallelujah,” by Jeff Buckley

As a matter of fact, Jeff Buckley’s take on Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” is not just a cool song cover, it’s not just my favorite, I think it may also be one of the best covers done of any song, ever. I still mourn the death of Jeff Buckley, and consider Grace one of the best albums ever. His plaintive, passionate voice on this song, especially, gets me through any number of feelings and situations.

2 “Wonderwall,” by Ryan Adams

Okay. During some of my most formative years, Oasis was crazy popular and (What’s the Story) Morning Glory? was constantly on repeat. Constantly. It’s kind of a shame those were my formative years, because although I love Oasis, they will infect you with penchants for melodrama if you listen to them when you’re fourteen. Anyway, I’m thus picky about Oasis covers, but Ryan Adams hit this beautifully and made it totally his own.

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3 “with a Little Help from My Friends,” by Joe Cocker

I love the Beatles, right? It’s well-nigh impossible, in my opinion, to improve on one of their originals – but Joe Crocker did it. His version of this song is hands down way better – but look. I admit that my opinion could be skewed and biased, since I first heard this song on The Wonder Years and was hopelessly in love with Fred Savage.

4 “All along the Watchtower,” by Jimi Hendrix

It’s hard to get better than Bob Dylan, though, especially if you’re a hardcore fan. So you guys will have to forgive me, because I love Jimi’s version so much better. It’s so iconic you can forget to listen for the subtle nuances and feelings in his voice, but if you take the time to reacquaint yourself, you definitely won’t be disappointed.

5 “Bad Romance,” by 30 Seconds to Mars

I like Lady Gaga a lot. I don’t love her unabashedly, but I like her – and “Bad Romance” is one of the reasons I love her. So, little monsters, believe me when I say that it’s a big deal that I think this is a cool song cover. You have to be good to do Gaga – and Jared Leto is good. I love his acting, but I hope he stays in this band forever. 30 Seconds to Mars has great original material, no question, but Leto’s voice on this song is just really delicious.

6 “Last Kiss,” by Pearl Jam

I’ve loved this cover since the first time I heard it. It takes talented musicians and singers to improve on classic oldies, and Eddie Vedder did so. This song has been covered numerous times, but this version is my favorite – and the true story behind the song is still heartbreaking.

7 “Strawberry Fields Forever,” by Ben Harper

Like say, it takes a lot to live up to the Beatles. There are some folks who say Ben Harper even improved on the original. I don’t know about that, because I loved the OG version, but this one does get to me. I had to listen to it a few times to really start liking it, but once I did, I was hooked. It’s also interesting to hear this psychedelic song in a modern voice.

8 “Smooth Criminal,” by Alien Ant Farm

Yeah, okay. This is more than just a cool cover song. It’s the coolest cover song ever. I love this version, and it’s weird, but I can’t help it. I especially love that chorus, and the video always cracks me up. Sorry, MJ.

These are by no means the only cool song covers out there, though. There are tons more, these are just the ones I like. I actually couldn’t pick a favorite for often-covered songs like “Time after Time,” by Cyndi Lauper, and “Paint It Black,” by the Stones. What are some of your favorite song covers?

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