by Sydney Ann Dargent
Most musicians get their start doing covers of songs, adding their own twist to other people’s music. This playlist is all about the covers. Whether it’s small bands covering more popular songs or large musicians; covers are a vital part of the music industry. Covers can become even more popular than the original- I’m looking at you “All along the watchtower” originally by Bob Dylan. Here are some covers that hold their own against original recordings.
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“Hurt” Johnny Cash
Originally by Nine Inch Nails, Johnny Cash’s haunting rendition of Hurt became his most popular song from the later years of his career. Recorded the year before his death, “Hurt” focuses on regrets of the past, drug addiction, and loss.
“Nothing compares 2 U” Chris Cornell
Originally written by Prince, released by Sinead O’Connor. Chris Cornell’s acoustic live version is passionate. Cornell’s powerful voice makes every word hit home. No matter if you relate to the lyrics’ struggle of lost love, the tone in his voice makes it resonate.
“Black Hole Sun” Peter Frampton
Originally by Soundgarden. While we’ve established how much I love Chris Cornell, Peter Frampton’s instrumental cover of “Black Hole Sun” is as powerful as the original. Frampton uses his skilled guitar playing to fill in the missing vocals and uses his signature talkbox. It’s an almost 6-minute long ode to guitar playing, he makes this song his own.
“Zombie” Bad Wolves
Originally by The Cranberries. Bad Wolves version of “Zombie was supposed to feature original singer Dolores O’Riordan, but she tragically passed away the day she was supposed to record her part. Bad Wolves released the song without her parts as a tribute to her. The politically charged lyrics worked just as well for the American rock band as they did for the Irish Cranberries.
“Desperado” Jane Doe
Originally by Rihanna. Partially local Vancouver band Jane Doe put a classic rock twist to”Desperado”. Featuring powerful vocals from frontwoman Izzy and a soulful guitar solo. Jane Doe created an effortlessly badass single from Rihanna’s more chilled-out version.
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