Originally, I was gonna say they “transcend” the original genre — listening to these songs won’t induce a Harold Camping-esque rapture, but there definitely is something a little bit elevated about them. You always don’t expect a popular song to “work” when covered in radically different fashion, but the songs below are certainly pleasant exceptions:
1. Lollipop – Framing Hanley
Originally By: Lil Wayne
Featuring a solid video that I used to watch at 3am instead of finishing up papers in college, this cover of Lil Wayne’s Lollipop definitely brings it in a very different way.
2. I Love It – The Spin Wires
Originally By: Icona Pop
The Spin Wires remind me of a lighter The Offspring. Here, they channel their wacky energy into a good cover and funny video.
3. Everytime – Glen Hansard
Originally By: Britney Spears
We all know how great a song the original Everytime is. This country version honors the original song quite nicely.
4. Break Stuff – Patent Pending
Originally By: Limp Bizkit
Long Island homeboys Patent Pending released this as part of their Spring Break ’99 EP, which features a multitude of covers from that famed nostalgo-era. This one is not what you’d expect.
5. Gin And Juice – The Gourds
Originally By: Snoop Dogg
Probably the most famous of all of these on this list. Legendary take on a legendary song.
6. Father & Son – Boyzone
Originally By: Cat Stevens
This was instrumental in getting the mid 90s Irish band recognized on the international stage. Rather enjoyable.
7. Can’t Get You Out Of My Head – The Flaming Lips
Originally By: Kylie Minogue
Very unlikely, but works quite nicely.