Top 10 Cover Songs that Sound Completely Different Than the OriginalMetal_Treasure It'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
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
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
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
Originally by Nine Inch Nails. Both versions are well known so no explanation needed. - Metal_Treasure
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
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 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 applaud Alanis for this cover. - Gg2000
Sounds nothing like the Black Eyed Peas. - 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
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
Much crappier than the original. - jrodz
Britney, what those guys did to your song... - Metal_Treasure
Everyone knows the original by Miley Cyrus. For the rest, just play the sample. - Metal_Treasure
New Order cover. - cjWriter1997
I forgot about this! I think it's hilarious! - Gg2000
Originally a Snoop Dogg song - Metal_Treasure
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
Cutting Crew cover. Jarkko Ahola turned this fast paced rock song into a beautiful and epic ballad. - Metal_Treasure
Originally by The Rolling Stones. - Metal_Treasure
Deep Purple death metal cover. - Metal_Treasure
That's not a cover, it's actually the original version then Cyndi Lauper covered the song after Robert Hazard did it originally. - Liam31idents
A Thin Lizzy cover - the original is a rock song with loud guitars and everything a rock song has but Octavia Sperati made a cover of Tori Amos type: a soft version with vocals and piano - Metal_Treasure
Ralph Stanley, the bluegrass player, recorded a cover of this song (by the Velvet Underground) for the movie "Lawless". While the original version is a fuzzed-out rocker, the Ralph Stanley version is just him and his acoustic guitar. His haggard voice gives it a totally different impression. - Gg2000
Taylor Swift cover of 2015. - Metal_Treasure
Johnny Cash went punk - Metal_Treasure
Originally by Donovan as "Atlantis".
While the spoken verses still feature Donovan's voice, the overall cover by the best known German girl group still turned the folk-ish rock song to an uplifting early 2000s pop song (it's called Atlantis 2002 but it's from 2001). The song served as the German theme song from the Disney movie "Atlantis". - Martin_Canine
Originally by Nena.
Nena's version is one of the two quintessential Neue Deutsche Welle tunes by her that everyone knows and still gets a lot of airplay, and its New Wave outfit helped form the definitive sound of the NDW movement, which was what the 80s sounded like in Germany.
Blümchen's happy eurodance version, almost bubblegum dance, is on the other a perfect example of what the 90s sounded like in Germany. It has all the aesthetics of the techno music 90s Central Europe loved so much, plus a certain pop appeal due to her sung chorus. - Martin_Canine
This isn't very different, in my opinion (I didn't add this song). - Metal_Treasure
You're better off Not hearing this - Billyv
They changed the original significantly to make it sound more "metal-ish". Made the song faster. Removed many of the psychedelic elements and I like it. But I admit I don't like psychedelic rock with heavy distortion and this might be the reason I like the cover better. - Metal_Treasure
Iron Maiden cover.
What can I say? It's more power metal but the tempo is slowed. Vocal style is different too. - IronSabbathPriest
Originally by Marilyn Manson.
The BossHoss are a popular German country rock band who, next to their original songs, are known to adapt popular songs that are most different to their country style. Their breakthrough was a cover of Outkast's "Hey Ya! ", but I think the biggest genre transformation can be found on their 2015 cover of "The Beautiful People".
I have no idea what Americans would think of The BossHoss. They try to sing with a thick Texas accent, to the Germany it perfectly works, but I wonder if Americans would think that's awkward to hear Germans do that (they sing in English). And their entire gimmick is based on western movies, which is something the Germans love. Country is barely successful over here, there's pretty much only Taylor Swift (who in the meantime switched to pop and is usually seen as a pop star over here), Amy MacDonald and The BossHoss. The BossHoss are arguably the most popular of the genre here (apart from the legend that is Johnny Cash). - Martin_Canine
Originally by Falco
You probably know what I think of this song's original version. It would be a great bubblegum pop song but I don't like it as much because non-Austrians judge Falco, an artist who was an intense personality and had equally intense music, simply by this one song that does not authentically reflect him. In fact, when he first appeared, many radio stations refused to play him initially because of his controversial lyrics and his overall strange way of performing. His first single "Ganz Wien" was entirely and explicitly about drug consume.
Now, the punk band Die Toten Hosen are one of the most acclaimed and loved German bands ever, and on their 30 year anniversary they released a cover album to honor artists that inspired them. It also includes a cover of Falco's international hit "Rock Me Amadeus", of course switched to a punk rock style, and may I say even if it would have never become such a cult classic in this version, this cover does more justice to ...more - Martin_Canine
Originally by Mike Oldfield
I often state the original "Moonlight Shadow" as my favorite song out of all. But in fact it's a tie with Missing Heart's version. Oldfield's song is very folk-ish and sounds very organic, Missing Heart's version sounds mysterious and dream-like, even though more dancable due to the soft techno-ish beat. In fact, I discovered this song through its Missing Heart cover. When I was around 12, I stumbled upon the short lived group's only album through YouTube and immediately fell in love with it (that was in 2008, sound quality wasn't all that great). It shows how techno music needn't be just club anthems, but the feeling's more alike New Age music. I never owned the album though. Since it barely sold at all and the group quickly disbanded, they album's CD is extremely rare and a used copy costs hundreds of euros, and it never was available for download - until in 2017. Yes, it finally arrived at the iTunes store. For the first time in the 9 years I know ...more - Martin_Canine
Deep Purple song sounds very extreme in this rendition. Couldn't recognize it. - Metal_Treasure
A Slayer cover than sounds like a completely different song - different genre, tone, instrumentation, vocals, speed, etc. But the cover still sounds like a very good song, in my opinion. - Metal_Treasure
Iron Maiden cover. Again, they changed the genre, tone, instrumentation, vocals, speed, and so on. - Metal_Treasure
Unrecognizable AC/DC cover. - Metal_Treasure
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