“When I find a cover song that I like, I’ll work away at it until I kind of believe that I wrote it.”
During the process of learning to play a new musical instrument the first thing that all of us do is pick songs that we like and learn them. If it wasn’t for cover versions none of us would actually play music at all, and as stated in the quote above by esteemed British composer and musician, Nick Lowe, the songs you choose to cover say a lot about you. If you choose to learn how to play a song it means that it has connected with you on a greater level than the others.
This is the definition of a lazy article, but how and ever, here are some of my favourite cover versions of all time.
An example of a cover becoming better known than the original.
A complete re-imagining of a popular song which is what a cover should strive to be, artists should try put their own mark on a song rather than just doing a karaoke version.
There’s something mesmerising about videos like this.
Another incredibly imaginative cover.
Simple, and brilliant.
This made me stop in my tracks the first time I heard it.
When two incredibly talented artists take an already excellent song and make it their own.
A gorgeous reworking of the MGMT classic.
Making a truly awful song sound sophisticated and listenable.
Quite simply my favourite cover of all time.
The good memories and people associated with this cover will keep bringing me back to it.