No matter how great the original version of a song is, there is usually something to be gained from a completely different take. A clever out-of-genre cover might emphasize some gorgeous lyrics that were glossed over in the original, capitalize on interesting rhythms, or just sound really, really good. Here are a couple I think are worth a listen:
The Mountain Goats covering "The Sign" by Ace of Base: Guys, let me lay this down straight. If I knew I had only four minutes of hearing left before being plunged into an eternal auditory void? Screw the ringing of bells and the sound of children laughing -- I'd feel privileged to spend them listening to an aging indie rocker bleating saccharine '90s pop lyrics. This is probably the most magical song ever recorded.
The Baseballs covering "Hey There Delilah" by Plain White T's: The German cover band's Elvis-heavy '50s interpretation manages to render the cloyingly sweet original song diabetic-friendly. Their cover of Rihanna's "Umbrella" also has to be heard to be believed.
Paul Anka swingin' away to Oasis's "Wonderwall": An Oasis song you don't get bored approximately sixteen minutes into? One you can dance to, in fact?! Hold me.
Me First and the Gimme Gimmes covering "Mandy" by Barry Manilow: Yeah, this might mark the first incident in history of pop-punk making anything cooler. But even non-Fanilows have to admit that the maudlin ballad is pretty catchy, once you speed it up a smidge.
Los Colorados rocking the frig out of "Hot And Cold" by Katy Perry: A bunch of middle-aged Ukranian dudes jamming to a horrible pop song on the accordion? Yeah, that seems reasonable. Someone please eradicate this awesome-terrible earworm from my brain...
So what song covers do you guys think are better than the originals?
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