Ever get the feeling that the song you’re jamming or rocking out to on your way to work sounds familiar? In today’s music industry, there are original ideas, and then there are remakes. Some of us are old enough that we remember the original, while some are too young to know any better. (Just start asking a few college freshmen who Kurt Cobain is. Chances are, they’re not thinking of Nirvana, and there are kids out there who think that Paul McCartney should be thankful to the rapper who recently made his song popular. I know…it makes me cringe too.)
Regardless of whether or not you recognize the song as a remake or not, we decided to pull 25 that are worthy of honorable mention from a few different genres. You may not agree as there are countless remakes out there, and we all have our own musical preferences, but if you’re looking for something new to add to a playlist, check out these 25 Song Covers That Might Prove To Be Music To Your Ears.
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Limp Bizkit: Behind Blue Eyes (The Who)
This first cover shows off the beauty of heavy rock artists toning it down a notch.
Shinedown: Simple Man (Lynyrd Skynard)
Arguably not as good as the original, but no one would expect anyone to beat out Lynyrd Skynard on this classic. This cover is worth listening to on a rainy brooding day…or when you want to belt out classic tunes around the house.
Muse: House of the Rising Sun (The Animals)
This cover is not for the faint of heart. Muse packs a huge punch with this cover along with that unmistakable voice of Matt Bellamy.
Dave Matthews Band: All Along the Watchtower (Jimi Hendrix)
This is a well-known and much-loved cover of the Hendrix classic. If you haven’t heard it yet, now is a great time to listen to its brilliance.
Thirty Seconds to Mars: Stay (Rhianna)
Here is a surprising take on this song, and if you are a die-hard Thirty Seconds to Mars fan, you should for sure take a listen.
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Eddie Vedder/Pearl Jam: Comfortably Numb (Pink Floyd)
Technically this is not a full cover shown in this video as Roger Waters is teaming up with Vedder (if you search, you can find one that’s only Pearl Jam), but I couldn’t resist.
Seether: Careless Whisper (George Michaels)
George Michael has such a unique voice that any cover is going to give this song a completely different take. This one is worth a listen.
Flyleaf: Something I Can Never Have (Nine Inch Nails)
There are few people who can do justice to Trent Reznor, but Flyleaf does a pretty good job with this song.
Tantric: The Chain (Fleetwood Mac)
This cover maintains several elements from the original but is still kicked up a notch by the band Tantric.
Filter: Happy Together (The Turtles)
Here is an eerie and worthwhile rock rendition to a happy pop classic.
Godsmack: Come Together (The Beatles)
Godsmack is one of those bands that people either seem to love or…not. If you are among those who do enjoy their music, you’ll enjoy their cover of this Beatles song.
Nonpoint: In the Air Tonight (Phil Collins)
A Phil Collins cover? Why not?
The Civil Wars: Billie Jean (Michael Jackson)
Let’s step away from the heavy rock for a bit. If you like your music running a bit slower and ballad-like, this is a great take on a MJ classic.
Benjamin Francis Leftwich: Won't Back Down (Tom Petty)
Chill with an electric and poppy edge, this cover is sure to make many people happy.
Linkin Park: Rolling in the Deep (Adelle)
Wait…Linkin Park covered an Adelle song? Yes. Yes, they did, and you should check it out.
John Mayer: Free Fallin' (Tom Petty)
If anyone can cover Tom Petty well, it’s John Mayer. In typical Mayer fashion, this soothing rendition will leave you feeling relaxed and chill.
Hugo: 99 Problems (Jay-Z)
You might find yourself chuckling at first, but then you might just find yourself appreciating how awesome this cover is.
The Frey: Heartless (Kanye West)
This catchy rendition will be stuck in your head for a few hours, and you might find yourself listening a few times.
Florence & the Machine: Times Like These (Foo Fighters)
There’s no mistaking the powerhouse voice of Florence Welch from Florence & the Machine. She does a great job covering Times Like These from the Foo Fighters.
Three Days Grace: Wicked Game (Chris Isaak)
This cover keeps the romantic eeriness that Chris Isaak gave the song while adding a slight rock raspiness.
Framing Hanley: Lollipop (Lil Wayne)
Hip-hop turned rock? Here is another clever cover to make you smile.
A Perfect Circle: Imagine (John Lennon)
John Lennon is hard to beat, but this is a good version if you’re looking for something slightly different while still moving.
Marilyn Manson: Sweet Dreams (Eurythmics)
Switching out the smooth melody from the Eurythmics, Marilyn Manson adds his own hauntingly catchy touch to this classic song.
Lissie: Pursuit of Happiness (Kid Cudi)
Here is a cover that is also crosses over genres. Not all of these types of covers work out well, but Lissie does a great job taking it down a notch and not losing any of the magic.
Disturbed: Sound of Silence (Simon & Garfunkel)
There’s just something about classic tunes being covered by power rock artists. This newer song is no exception.