Top 10 Cover Songs that Sound Completely Different Than the OriginalIt's when it's hard to recognize the original or you do but it still sounds like a different song because the genre or the tone were significantly changed. Music re-construction.
Remember, this list isn't about the best covers or covers better than the original (though some of the cover songs could be). But you can comment on whether you like better the original or the cover.
It's about how different both versions are and if the cover sounds decent - like a "new" song you don't know or without comparing it with the original.
The Top Ten
Artists with a series of different sounding covers that sound good, are: Tori Amos, Hellsongs, Flametal, Northern Kings. - Metal_Treasure
Tori Amos - allmost all her covers are innovative and unique. I think she takes the cake in this category - making very different covers. And her covers are good. - Metal_Treasure
One of my favorite covers of all time (originally by Michael Jackson).
Chris Cornell rendition is incredible - he changed the genre and the style and made the song sound darker and more emotional than the original. I adore Cornell's raspy vox in this song.
This cover has only live versions including the one on the song sample. It's from a live show in Sweden in 2005-6.
R.I.P. Chris. I still forget he died. - Metal_Treasure
Originally by Nine Inch Nails. Both versions are well known so no explanation needed. - Metal_Treasure
Originally it's a fast upbeat pop song by Kylie Minogue. The cover is very slow and dark, and sounds creepy and threatening. The genre and the tone were changed completely. The style of this cover version is close to doom metal. - Metal_Treasure
Slayer signature song sounds like... on the song sample. Nothing in common. Probably only the lyrics remind you of the original. Complete transformation. It's a haunting rework. - Metal_Treasure
Britney, what those guys did to your song... - Metal_Treasure
Iron Maiden classic was fully transformed. Just play the sample - genre and tone were changed completely. The cover sounds vulnerable and not angry. - Metal_Treasure
Sarcastic cover. Jello changes some lyrics to insist on the consumerist and drug-fueled side of Las Vegas. - JoLeKosovo
Much darker and more menacing than the original fitting the film.
From his first solo album, Niandra LaDes and Usually Just a T-Shirt (catchy title!). The original version of this song was by the hardcore punk band Bad Brains. His cover version is a slower, folk-like acoustic song. The cover song was the result of an experiment where he would take the words to punk songs and attempt to set them to a melody. He then decided to use acoustic guitar and mandolin, akin to an acoustic Led Zeppelin song (I think it somewhat resembles The Battle of Evermore).
I wouldn't recognize it... Thanks, Martin, great addition, very different. But I love the original.
Yep, Bee Gees, and a bit of Relax by Frankie Goes To Hollywood. - Metal_Treasure
Originally by Pink Floyd.
My father, a devoted Pink Floyd fan, didn't initially recognize it. This version is more alike the Bee Gees, an old school disco song with falsetto vocals. - Martin_Canine
I applaud Alanis for this cover. - Gg2000
Sounds nothing like the Black Eyed Peas. - Metal_Treasure
It's hilarious! - Misfire
Thanks Martin. This one is very interesting, too. - Metal_Treasure
Originally by Eurythmics.
The upbeat 80s electro pop song turned into a haunting, surreal yet completely calm nightmare.
It was recorded for the magnificent and horribly underrated movie "Sucker Punch" where it plays during its opening scene, and it really fits the tone of the movie. - Martin_Canine
Originally a metal song by Megadeth. The cover isn't metal and it's with female vocals. The cover sounds rather soothing and beautiful than angry. - Metal_Treasure
Iron Maiden instrumental cover flamenco style on flamenco guitars. I actually like this cover - very creative and guitars are very well played by Benjamin Woods. - Metal_Treasure
Originally by Rammstein.
In 2016, German chanson singer Annett Louisan released a cover album containing ten covers of popular German songs, adapted in her petite, soft style. Rammstein's signature song "Engel" is one of them, and arguably underwent the biggest genre transformation.
She was inspired by her participation in the third season of the popular show "Sing meinen Song" where a handful of famous German singers are challenged to sing each other's songs. - Martin_Canine
I forgot about this! I think it's hilarious! - Gg2000
Originally a Snoop Dogg song - Metal_Treasure
Originally by 50 Cent, Timbaland & Justin Timberlake.
While the original version also was a moderate success over here, Belgian singer Milow's version was even bigger two years later, it was almost unavoidable. His version was sung over a very stripped down, minimalistic guitar instrumental, in fact, no one would notice it's the same song apart from the lyrics. - Martin_Canine
Much crappier than the original. - jrodz
I like the version of Tears for Fears better than this. - Misfire
This cover of an angry thrash metal song sounds pretty happy in this ska arrangement, LOL.
Well, I recognize the original because I've listened to it a million times but I still can say it's very different. Believe it or not, I like this cover - for making me smile. - Metal_Treasure
Originally by Michael Jackson.
Marc Terenzi, or simply Terenzi, is an American singer but he is known mostly in Germany because he once was married to the wonderful Sarah Connor, and later on was engaged to the model and reality T.V. star Gina Lisa Lohfink. During his marriage with Connor he released two moderately successful albums, then he became a T.V. personality that was mostly known for his former relationships, and he participated in the German edition of "I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here", which is a highly popular and hyped show over here, in 2017 and won. On his second and so far last album he had this pop rock ballad version of Billie Jean. - Martin_Canine
Soft piano-based arrangement. - JoLeKosovo
Everyone knows the original by Miley Cyrus. For the rest, just play the sample. - Metal_Treasure