5 Cover Songs Worth Listening To
We love it when we stumble upon a unique take on some of our favorite singles. Recently both Patti Smith and porn star Ron Jeremy covered famous songs by two contemporary popstars, Miley Cyrus and Rihanna. Covers aren’t always bland reproductions, destined to disappoint in the shadow of the original. Some are a showcase of unknown talent, a hilarious spoof worthy of appreciation, or even covers considerably better than their origins. Here are five song covers worthy of a listen.
Patti Smith covered Rihanna’s “Stay” a couple of weeks ago to a bevy of shock and awe. An iconic 70’s punk rock artist making a cover of a pop mainstay? Unexpected yet strangely thrilling. The songstress called “Stay” her favorite single of 2013. An unmatched honor for Rihanna!
In contrast to Smith, Jeremy’s cover of “Wrecking Ball” fell more into the physical comedy sector of tributes. Jeremy starred in his own version of the “Wrecking Ball” video, even donning Cyrus’ crop top and panty combo to the disgusting glee of all viewers. Knowing Miley, we are sure even she got a laugh out of this.
The supermodel covered The Kinks “All day and all night” for a promotional video for H&M. And she rocked it! The model is certainly no musician but her verve and passion leaked into her vocals and made for an adorable latina version the iconic rock group.
The first time we realized Cyrus was more than a cheap Disney product? When we heard Cyrus cover Dolly Parton’s “Jolene” we knew that this girl had the talent to go along with her cute Disney looks. Now, coming into her own she is using those powerful vocals for a music style all her own, but it all started with that one country music song.
TI’s “Whatever You Like” is about the farthest you can get to a sweet and sensual pop song, but somehow the Oregon born Anya Marina manages to twist the song into a product of her own delicate, feminine charm. It is possible that the cover may have surpassed its predecessor.