Types Of Cover Songs

Have you ever been in love with a song? a song you identify so much with that you consider it to be part of the soundtrack of your life And then you hear a cover version of it and it completely ruins your day Cover songs have a bad rep and understandably so People see them as an insult and a disgrace to the original artist But I’m here to argue that not all cover songs deserve to be looked down upon So i took the liberty to categorize cover songs into four different types so you to know how to differentiate them The copy-Cash grab the worst of the worst this is when someone wants to take advantage of the success of another and just takes the song and uses to get more popular without giving the respect necessary to the original material The shameless fun cover This is when an artist takes a popular hit and just have fun with it they tend to give it a twist, be it playing it with other instruments or on another tempo this type of cover is sometimes used make fun of a genre Weird Al Yankovich Is a perfect example of this Another good example of this type of cover are the Punk Goes… Albums This type is perfect for when you don’t like a song but you’ve heard so many times that you already know the lyrics So you listen to the cover and sing over it without feeling guilty about it The proper tribute This is done when the artist is a legitimate fan of another and you can tell by their rendition of the song They might change one thing or two from the original to adapt it more to their style but never with the intent to diminish the original material Examples of this are the Lorde version of “Life on Mars?” by David Bowie or A Perfect Circle’s version of “Imagine” by John Lennon The upgrade This are extremely rare but it’s when an artist covers a song and they add exactly what was missing from the original and therefore Improving it The only example I can think of this is Jonny Cash’s version of “Hurt” by Nine Inch Nails Even Trent Reznor, the original author said that after hearing johnny cash version and watching the video he didn’t feel like that the song was “his” anymore So next time you hear a Cover Song, try giving it a chance The artist doing the cover is probably as much of a fan of the original as you are And sometimes you might like the cover better just because is more to your liking in terms of style For example: I tend to like Our Last Night’s cover of “Radioactive” more than the original from Imagine Dragons Mostly because I feel that the hard rock style fits better the song than the “dubstep” vibe of the original What about you? Is there a cover song you like better than the original? Why? Let me know in the comments If you like the video, hit the “like” button and subscribe for future content In the meantime here’s another video for you to watch

4 thoughts on “Types Of Cover Songs

  • March 2, 2017 at 6:57 pm

    I'm definately gonna go check out those punk covers now! Thanks

  • May 15, 2017 at 12:25 pm

    Had not heard the Our Last Night Cover of Radioactive, awesome!!!!

  • June 11, 2017 at 12:59 pm

    Muse has some good covers of old songs like 'feeling good' or 'i belong to you'.

  • June 20, 2017 at 8:44 pm

    I have a few upgrades for your consideration:
    I Will Always Love You: Dolly Parton upgraded by Whitney Houston
    Superstition: Jeff Beck upgraded by Stevie Wonder
    Valerie: The Zutons upgraded by Amy Winehouse
    Tainted Love: Gloria Jones upgraded by Soft Cell
    Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen upgraded by Jeff Buckley
    I Love both versions of Landslide by Fleetwood Mac and The Dixie Chicks equally


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