F-it. Not in a bad way, but it’s Friday and I feel the urge to start doing a little top 5 list, so maybe this will be a weekly thing. Was chilling listening to a little music, and a song came on that I like, blah blah blah…here we go!
This week, we’re gonna do my 5 favorite cover songs. Now I’m not gonna say these are the BEST, or the most POPULAR, but they’re my favorites. If you want a list of the best ever, maybe I’ll do that someday.
The inspiration here is simple: I love alternate versions of songs. I love music overall, but hearing a good song in a new and different way is like seeing someone you know in a different style of clothing; they’re still who you know, but sometimes that new look can be so sexy. I also enjoy acoustic versions of songs. MTV Unplugged is a very cool show, to hear songs you love brought to this other level is just something so amazing.
Please feel free to comment about your favorites, they may make a future list!
Anyway, on with the list!
5) Faith – Covered by Limp Bizkit, Originally by George Michael
I love this song. Some people are probably groaning, but this cover was so originally and well done, you can’t help but move a little bit to it. Part of my love comes from my attraction to the original. When I was a kid, I remember dancing around to that one, and maybe having a few immature fantasies to that and those other George Michael classic, Father Figure and I Want Your Sex.
The Limp Bizkit version starts off slow, Fred Durst practically whining out the lyrics, then it ramps up and becomes a full on rock fest. Heads thrashing around, bodies moving. It’s just such a cool song, and one I never skip when it comes on.
-Cool live video-
If you like them at all, I know they’re cover of 1999 was a bit overdone 11 years ago, but the song still kicks ass. Listen here- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=czEvhNO-P20
4) Heard it Through the Grapevine – Covered by Creedence Clearwater Revival, Original by Marvin Gaye
They didn’t jazz it up much. They didn’t have to. John Fogerty has a voice that gets up and walks around on its own, grabbing the listener with every word. This isn’t the only cover song they have, such classics as Good Golly Miss Molly, Suzie Q and Midnight Special, and many have covered their songs, including over 100 covers that have been done of Proud Mary, most notably the Ike and Tina Turner version that still rings as popular to this day. With all the covers being done, Heard it Through the Grapevine is still my favorite by CCR.
3) I Will Survive – Covered by Cake, Original by Gloria Gaynor
Cake is so much fun. They do a LOT of cover songs, but this one is flat-out the coolest. His almost flat voice as he goes through this story of heartbreak-turned-motivational song is kind of surreal at some points. I’m sure everyone gets up and starts dancing when the original plays, and who can forget the rendition done in “The Replacements” with a team of football players singing and dancing to it in jail. When the Cake version comes on, though, I just feel my head bobbing uncontrollably, like somebody stuck a metronome in there and set it going to the rhythm. Like most of Cake’s music, it’s a pile of fun. Like Cake? Check out their cover of War Pigs as well.
2)Darling Nikki – Covered by Foo Fighters, Original by Prince
I love Foo Fighters. For over 15 years they have been putting out some of the best music out there. They stay fresh, and Dave Grohl is such an amazing, well-rounded musician that their power and skill as a band just can’t be denied. Darling Nikki, in its original form by Prince, isn’t that great of a song. What Foo Fighters did with it though is made it good, hard rock. Such a bad ass song to jam out to. Not much more I can say here, as most of my musical top 5s will have a Foo Fighter song on there. I have man-love for Dave Grohl and the boys. whatever.
1) This was a hard one, so to keep it as a top 5, I just chose 2 number 1s! See? It’s my blog and I can do WHATEVER I WANT!!!
Seriously, though, I love both of these songs so much, I couldn’t break them up. They are both number 1 to me. The songs are Hurt-covered by Johnny Cash, Original by Nine Inch Nails and Hallelujah, covered by Jeff Buckley, Original by Leonard Cohen.
Hurt is a cool song. Nine Inch Nails really pulled one out here, creating a song with such an eerie, dark feel that you feel drawn into the underground world of drug addiction just listening to it. Your mind can follow a path of sadness, grief and finally letting go. As wonderful as their version is, what Johnny Cash did to it is nothing short of phenomenal. His voice is dark, his rhythm is slow. You close your eyes and, if you want, you can almost see the sadness in his face as he sings the song. He brings out the powerful side of his chords, though, to bring the ending straight to you, the final desperate plea escaping him. I can’t listen to that song without feeling moved.
The same can be said for Hallelujah. It moves me every time I hear it, no matter who the singer is. The Jeff Buckley version is by far the greatest, though. I could go on and on about the simple beauty of the music, or the alluring pull of Buckley’s voice, how it feels like his words are caressing the heart, the brain. Every love you’ve ever had, every family member you’ve ever lost, every painful moment in your life, every joyous day, the birth of a child, the heartache of a break up; they can all be felt in this song. Cohen’s lyrics partnered with Buckley’s voice and guitar is a marriage of heart and soul. Listening to the song as I write this, I smile even with a tear coming to my eye. That’s the glory of Hallelujah. There’s so much to write about this song, but I’ll leave the regular info type stuff to Wikipedia, and I’ll just leave you with a cold and a broken Hallelujah:
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Thanks for reading all. Hope you enjoyed it.