Cover songs are always polarizing - you either love them or you can’t stand them, often from a state of disbelief that another artist would touch such a well-established song. I’m from the former camp. Half the time, I don’t realize I’m listening to a cover until the chorus kicks in, and the other half of the time, I’m excited to be hearing a new-to-me song to which I already know all the words.
So this playlist is a sort of toast to the artists whose creativity and originality lent itself to being repackaged in a new form. Each of the artists presented here took a song they know and love and put their own twist on it, whether by changing the instrumentation, arrangement, tempo, or genre entirely. I think that’s what makes cover songs so fun, that you catch a glimpse into what inspires established artists.
After all, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.
Photo credit to Jose Sa