10 Cover Songs That Will Blow Your Mind (2016 Edition)
Chvrches, Oh Wonder, Bullet Dumas, and more give their fresh takes on popular tunes.
(SPOT.ph) We've heard it before—the case of the cover that’s better than the original. While chart-topping tracks obviously have the winning formula, other artists' renditions can be just as impressive. Tweaks in the arrangement, tempo, and overall vibe of a track can make for a totally new hit. For this list, we're looking at 10 loop-worthy covers released or performed in 2016 by some of your favorite local and international artists. Happy listening!
"This Is What You Came For" by Chvrches
Originally by: Calvin Harris feat. Rihanna
Chvrches adds their own synth-pop flavor to Calvin Harris and Rihanna's club banger. The Scottish act's version is a slowed down electronic number with snappy percussions, distorted back vocals, and some vocal wobble by frontwoman Lauren Mayberry.
"Crazy In Love" by Oh Wonder
Originally by: Beyonce
Boy-girl vocals take the spotlight in this relaxed and soulful "Crazy In Love" cover by Oh Wonder. The duo owns this Beyonce tune by showcasing their signature alt-pop sound, whispery vocals, and standout guitars.
"Royals" by KZ Tandingan
Originally by: Lorde
Local songstress KZ Tandingan manages to make us love "Royals" even more with her memorable rendition. For this rock-inspired cover, she sports an accent and effortlessly nails an added rap section.
"Love Yourself" by Halsey
Originally by: Justin Bieber
Many "Love Yourself" covers have been performed, but American artist Halsey's take on the pop track is definitely worth a listen. Her emotive vocals stand out spectacularly against the simple arrangement.
"Lush Life" by Nick Jonas
Originally by: Zara Larsson
Nick Jonas gives Swedish artist Zara Larsson's hit song a jazzy touch. The smooth and sexy cover makes way for Nick's irresistible falsetto.
"Fix You" by Clara Benin and Bullet Dumas
Originally by: Coldplay
Clara Benin and Bullet Dumas get their acoustic and folk stylings to work in this stripped-down version of Coldplay's "Fix You." There is harmony between Clara's sweet voice and Bullet's intense singing. Watch for the scene-stealing instrumental section toward the end, too.
"Sorry" by The 1975
Originally by: Justin Bieber
Another favorite for covers is Justin Bieber's hit track "Sorry." The 1975's groovy rendition marries electro and jazz, with the saxophone providing a smooth touch of which we can't get enough.
"Do I Wanna Know" by Hozier
Originally by: Arctic Monkeys
Hozier adds soul to this Arctic Monkeys original, making you see (or rather, hear) the song in a totally different light. His heartfelt vocals are enhanced by the soothing cello and overall mellow arrangement.
"Pillow Talk" by Charice
Originally by: Zayn Malik
Charice proves "Pillow Talk" is more than just a super-sexy ditty. She turns the R&B track into a moving, sentimental ballad, and shows us she still has the vocal chops that once wowed the world.
"Genghis Khan" by MS MR
Originally by: Miike Snow
American duo MS MR gives its own spin to Swedish band Miike Snow's dance-y indie track. The MS MR rendition features clearer and fuller vocals with a dark wave-alternative arrangement.