I feel it’s my duty to promote a wide range of music and not just stick to the mainstream songs that are repeatedly played on the radio and TV, and the best way to open your eyes to music is through covers. The fact that one song can be presented and interpreted in a number of different ways shows how creative some musicians are and it’s a great way to get into a new genre.
So without further ado, I have compiled six alternative covers of popular well known songs!
1. Forever Never – Boombastic feat. Benji Webbe (Original by Shaggy) [Explicit]
Everybody around in the 90s/00s would have heard of Shaggy. Whether that’s because of the infamous 2000 hit “It Wasn’t Me” or the earlier 1995 hit “Boombastic”, you’re probably familiar of Shaggy’s unique style. So it’s quite hard to imagine how his music would sound as Metal, right? Well give Forever Never’s cover of “Boombastic” featuring Benji Webbe from Skindred a listen and find out for yourself.
2. I Prevail – Blank Space (Original by Taylor Swift)
I wouldn’t be surprised if you told me you had already heard I Prevail’s cover of “Blank Space”, as it went viral on social media when it was released in 2014. Argued as the song that got the punk band recognition on a global scale, their cover of Blank Space is also arguably more passionately performed, with fans claiming that this version is sung with more feeling than the original.
3. August Burns Red – Wrecking Ball (Original by Miley Cyrus)
Similar to the above, whether you liked the song or not, Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball” got a lot of people talking back in 2013 (most likely because of the bizarre music video). And although I’m not a big fan of the original, August Burns Red’s punk interpretation is more my style.
4. Hopes Die Last – Promises (Original by Nero)
To mix things up a bit, and to prove that it’s not just pop music that can be covered in this style, here is Hopes Die Last’s Metalcore cover of “Promises” by Drum ‘n’ Bass legends Nero. The two versions have a lot of similarities but a few stark differences really set them apart and it’s honestly difficult to say which I prefer more.
5. DevilDriver – Sail (Original by AWOLNATION)
Aaron Bruno’s solo project AWOLNATION released “Sail” back in 2011. “Sail” was a massive hit and has since featured in a number of adverts. DevilDriver released their metal cover in 2013 and for obvious reasons, it wasn’t quite as big. The hardcore/death metal band are well known within their genre but fail to gather much recognition outside of it, but their cover is well produced and actually isn’t too hard on the ears. So give it a listen, you might just like it.
6. Limp Bizkit – Faith (Original by George Michael)
To end then, we have Limp Bizkit’s cover of “Faith” by the late George Michael. It’s hard to resist the lure of the original and most people can’t help but end up singing along. Limp Bizkit’s version however, is different to say the least and is slightly more uh, aggressive? Listen to the chorus and you’ll understand what I mean…
So there we have it, 6 alternative covers of well known songs. If I’ve done my job properly, you’re hopefully looking at music with a new openminded perspective. However, it’s also quite likely that I’ve put you off the word “cover” completely and that you feel like these bands killed the originals…
Either way, at least I tried.