10 Cover Songs That Will Blow Your Mind
From Ryan Adams to Fall Out Boy
(SPOT.ph) It's awesome when artists pay tribute to other artists with a cover song. While we can appreciate an acoustic cover every now and then, we will always love versions that have a new and unexpected take on the original. By now, you've probably already heard of Ed Sheeran and Beyonce's epic duet-slash-performance of "Drunk in Love." Here are 10 other cover songs that you need to listen to—stat!
This list only considers covers by artists released or performed in 2015.
"Bad Blood" by Ryan Adams
Originally sung by: Taylor Swift
Ryan Adams' cover of "Bad Blood" is part of a recently released Taylor Swift 1989 cover album. The tracks feature a stripped-down and more emotional take on the pop songs, with "Bad Blood" easily being our favorite.
"Lay Me Down" by Hozier
Originally sung by: Sam Smith
Sam Smith's falsetto is a far cry from Hozier's deep, booming vocals, but somehow, the latter made it work with a groovy, upbeat cover.
"Elastic Heart" by FKA Twigs
Originally sung by: Sia
FKA Twigs brought her haunting musical style when she covered Sia's popular hit, "Elastic Heart." Her guitar-driven performance even includes dramatic lights and original choreography.
"What Do You Mean" by Chvrches
Originally sung by: Justin Bieber
Justin Bieber's hit song is already infectious, but Chvrches' synth-pop rework made it even better. This isn't the first time we've seen Chvrches pull off something like this. They've had a long string of covers, including Justin Timberlake's "Cry Me a River" and even the theme song to Game of Thrones.
"Dirrty" by Ed Sheeran
Originally sung by: Christina Aguilera
We wouldn't blame you if you have put this on repeat after one listen. Ed Sheeran's soulful performance is the perfect marriage of his signature music style and Christina Aguilera's sexy lyrics.
"Uptown Funk" by Fall Out Boy
Originally sung by: Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars
If you're feeling a bit oversaturated with "Uptown Funk," Fall Out Boy's pop punk cover is a refreshing, guitar-driven take on the chart-topper.
"Hotline Bling" by Disclosure and Sam Smith
Originally sung by: Drake
Just when you thought the collaborations of Disclosure and Sam Smith couldn't get any better, here comes their rendition of Drake's track. It will have you bopping your head in no time.
"Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High" by Naughty Boy
Originally sung by: Arctic Monkeys
Music producer Naughty Boy enlisted the help of rapper Little Simz and singer Tom Prior to create a stunning and unique take on the song. We love the violins and rap verses!
"At Your Best (You Are Love)" by Frank Ocean
Originally sung by: Aaliyah
Earlier this year, Frank Ocean celebrated Aaliyah's birthday with a soulful and emotional cover of her classic cover of The Isley Brothers' song.
"Where Are Ü Now" by Florence + The Machine
Originally sung by: Skrillex and Diplo feat. Justin Bieber
For her version, Florence Welch slowed down the high-energy dance track and paired it with her stunning vocals. The result? A cover that is just as good as the original...maybe even better.