Music – Cover versions

I ended last week with music, and I’m starting this week with it as well. Sometimes you just need a lot of music to block out all the other stuff, am I right?

This post is, as you can tell from the title, all covers. I love cover songs. When they’re done well, they’re often as good as or better than the original. It’s one of the reasons I watched Glee for so long. This is a just a bunch of really great cover versions of popular songs. Enjoy!

Army of 3 – We Found Love (original by Rihanna)

This is a little side project of Ingrid Michaelson’s, who I’ve been listening to for years. I actually really don’t like most Rihanna songs, but I never minded this one. See also the Glee version, which features some snazzy synchronised swimming. This song always peps me up, and I love Ingrid’s voice layered over and over again.

John Mayer – XO (original by Beyonce)

You will surely have seen this posted by one of your friends in your Facebook feeds in the last week or so, yes? Mayer is great at covers, and this one is no exception. I love the softer flow of the song compared to Beyonce’s original (which I wholeheartedly love). Mayer also does a cover of Tom Petty’s Free Fallin’ that is so smooth and chilled out, which has been on my iPod for years.

Ellie Goulding – The Cave (original by Mumford & Sons)

I saw Ellie Goulding two weeks ago at Festival Hall in Melbourne and can assure you that she sounds exactly like she does on the radio. Her voice is something else – sweet, ethereal and melodic, but it packs a hell of a punch. This live cover of one of my favourite bands is really great, as is basically everything on this list of her covers. She sang Elton John’s Your Song at the concert and it was lovely.

Joshua Radin – Only You (original by The Platters)

My favourite singer. This fast-paced version of The Platters’ original song is catchy, but still has Radin’s signature understated whisper-rock vocals. The quick rhythm of the background melody takes it from being a cover of a nice song to a fresh new take on a classic. Radin always does a cover of a Bob Dylan song at his live shows, but he’s also done a cover of Barry White’s You’re The First, My Last, My Everything that is beautiful, and if you’re a Scrubs fan you might remember his version of the Sesame Street theme song that is so melancholic it’s worth checking out.

Haim ft. Lorde – Strong Enough (original by Sheryl Crow)

This is my favourite Sheryl Crow song, and while I don’t think Haim are the most polished of live singers, this version of the song is fantastic. The heavy beat of the drum and the electric guitar, plus Lorde’s vocals give the song a new dimension while still retaining the simplicity of the original.

Cam Nacson & Bec Quinn – Wake Me Up (original by Avicii)

This cover from Sydney singer Cam Nacson was brought to my attention by Kimberley from Pop Couture and it is amazing. An acoustic, indie version of a dance song? Yes, please. He’s also done a gorgeous cover of Adele’s Someone Like You that is so, so worth the listen.

Got any other covers you think I should hear?

Until next time,

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4 comments on “Music – Cover versions

  1. Kimberley

    *squee* So proud that I left such an impression on you with Cam; seeing him life.. holy heck, it was wondrous.

    You’ve now in turn introduced me to other singers/covers I need to check out!

    1. JuliaJulia Post author

      Kimberley, Cam’s music is so good – thank you for introducing him to me! Yep, lots of great stuff here to check out. Let me know what you think!

  2. Natalie

    Oh god, this a topic I could go on about for days.

    I love Mayer’s version of XO – sadly he didn’t play it at his Melbourne concert but he did a ripper version of Van Morrison’s And It Stoned Me. i also love his version of Springsteen’s I’m On Fire.

    For the Grammy Beatles tribute Mayer and Keith Urban covered Don’t Let Me Down together and it was the highlight of the night. i also really like Urban’s verson of the Rolling Stones’ Tumbling Dice (from the Jimmy Fallon show)..

    BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge gets all their guests to do a recent cover and some of them are brilliant – better than the originals. I could lose myself for hours on youTube playing them all. Some good ones of the past couple of years are Kelly Clarkson doing Coldplay’s Princess of China, 30 Seconds to Mars doing Rihanna’s Stay and OneRepublic doing John Newman’s Love Me Again.

    Finally, Clarkson did a different cover every night on her last tour, usually songs sent in by fans via social media. She does Pink, bruno mars, Adele and more but my favourite is Heart’s What About Love. Again, you could spend hours watching them. And I have.

  3. JuliaJulia Post author

    Natalie, I do like Mayer’s Springsteen cover as well. I had heard about Kelly Clarkson doing a cover chosen by a fan while she was here, but I completely forgot to look for them before I posted. Maybe in I’ll do a part 2 to this post soon and include some! I’ve only just discovered the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge as well, so that’s a rabbit hole waiting to happen.


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