There’s something undeniable about a great cover of a song. For me, it’s amazing how an artist can reshape something completely out of their genre and transform it with their own unique sound. Here are a collection of covers that are pretty down-tempo and all have a sort of hazy vibe to them. Hope you like:
Yup, the song that has been inspiring bros to fist pump in dirty basements for the last two decades has gotten an extreme makeover from one of my favorite artists. I listened to this album for months before realizing this was a cover of that awful song played at middle school dances. Props to you, Jaymes Young, you talented man.
Although the original song is already a stroke of genius (I’m kidding…mostly), ASTR makes it into total cruising music. It’s a got a real girl gang feel to it and is on my “poker night” playlist if you’re into that sort of thing.
Out of the 8 million covers of this song, this is probably my favorite. I honestly love the original as well, but the haunting vocals of Vancouver Sleep Clinic gives this radio-dominating song a back-room sort of feel.
I didn’t even recognize this song at first because it is so different from the original. With pulsing synth and a deep bass, this cover transforms the jumpy Arcade Fire song into a smooth down-tempo dream. Sir Sly also has a great cover of Marvin’s Room by Drake if you want to check that out, as well.
No favorites list of mine would be complete without some Britney… I’ve never seen The Voice, but when a friend showed me this acoustic cover from the show, I was hooked. Martinez keeps the song sexy, but in a ‘making eyes from across the hipster bar’ sort of way.
Never did I think I would like this song for any other reason than drunk karaoke, but this gorgeous cover completely changed my mind. It somehow turns this sort of annoying musical finale into a delicate serenade. It’s so simple and beautiful I actually put it in the love scene of a show I directed.
What am I missing? Any other great covers that you’re into? I’m always hoping to get new music suggestions :))