Cover songs are double-headed monsters in the world of music. For musicians, hearing other artists capitalizing on your creativity can come off as inauthentic, unoriginal and at worst, insulting if the song is reproduced poorly or identically. But this can be a whole different story if a cover is done right. When a song is successfully mastered via another musician's vision, it can materialize as an entirely new expression, complimenting both cover artist and original composer for contributing to something that thrives in reincarnated form. Jimi Hendrix got the best of it when Bob Dylan tipped his hat to him by playing his version of "All Along the Watchtower" following Hendrix's passing.
Below are five cover songs we think have that special something. Take a listen and let us know what you think - what are some of your favorite cover songs?
5. Dr. Dog covers "Heart It Races" by Architecture in Helsinki
4. Frightened Rabbit covers “Wildest Moments” by Jessie Ware
3. Jimmy Eat World covers "We Are Never Ever Ever Getting Back Together" by Taylor Swift
2. Haim covers "Wrecking Ball" by Miley Cyrus:
1. Noah and the Whale covers "Digital Love" by Daft Punk: