7 Cover Songs Better Than The Original

Let’s be real. People love listening to covers of songs they know. Like really fucking love them. Fortunately, there are just as many people who enjoy covering the songs.

Luckily for you, Progressive Man has singled out some of the best covers of (kinda/not really) recent radio hits. We’ve probably just saved you hours of your life that you would have otherwise spent browsing YouTube looking for great covers…or we might have done just the opposite. Sorry.

1. William Fitzsimmons – I Kissed A Girl (Katy Perry)

If you’re one of those people who are afraid of getting in touch with their emotions, just skip to #2. William Fitzsimmons can sing about pretty much anything in the world and make you cry from an emotional overload.

He manages to take the original, flirty, heavily produced version and make I Kissed A Girl an emotional roller-coaster.

You should give his original music a listen as well, he has some incredibly relatable and heartfelt stuff. Just be warned, this might be you by the end of it all.


2. Noah – Sexy and I Know It (LMFAO)

OK, so this video is actually pretttttty popular, and by pretty popular I mean over 18 million people have watched it.

Now, it’s not that the original LMFAO version is unlistenable, but be honest with yourself, the only time you’d actually hope for it to come on is never. That is, unless you’re at an LMFAO concert, in which case you should really be reevaluating your life.

However, Noah took a song I’m not particularly fond of and turned it into something fun to listen to. Now that’s a great cover.


3. Chantelle Truong – Clarity (Zedd ft. Foxes)

This was a tough one, primarily because apparently every person on YouTube has decided to do a cover of this song. However, after having spent the past 2 hours of my life listening to covers of the song, I feel qualified to select one as being the best.

Sure, there are better produced and higher quality covers than this one, but this stripped down version really taps into the emotions of the lyrics.

She’s one of the few who added their own vocal twists and, in my opinion, it worked beautifully. Coming in a close second place was this cover by American Idol alum Andrew Garcia and Andy Lange.


4. Alex Clare – When Doves Cry (Prince, also known as that symbol thingy)

Alex Clare- you know him. “And it feels like I am just too close to love youuuuu…” Now you remember him. While almost nobody uses Internet Explorer, Windows did a damn good job using this guy to try to convert people to Internet Explorer 9.

This cover of the Prince classic pulls the song into the 21st century. The original often features no more than vocals and drums, not exactly scintillating stuff for today’s ADD society.

While there are people who will threaten to burn down villages for the mere suggestion that this song is as good as the original, there are sure to be plenty of others who will agree.


5. Travis Garland – Diamonds/Adorn (Rihanna/Miguel)

This is the guy you would never ever want to be friends with if you’re a guy. A handsome guy with a voice like this? Looks like you’re dying alone, because this guy is getting all the girls.

This one deserves to be on here for creativity alone, never mind the beautiful voice.

When was the last time you thought, “You know, Diamonds and Adorn would go SO WELL together!” Never. You’ve never thought it. But he did and we should all be thankful for it.

Hopefully Travis Garland gets the recognition he deserves. This kind of talent deserves to be noticed.


6. George Barnett – Get Lucky (Daft Punk)

This guy is music Jesus. Seriously. He apparently plays every instrument known to man and sings like sweet baby Jesus. There really isn’t much more to be said about him. Not only is it a great cover to listen to, but the video is incredibly fun to watch.

Watch it.

Just watch it.


7. George Barnett – Swimming Pools (Kendrick Lamar)

That’s right, he’s on the list again. We’re sure you won’t mind once you listen to this cover.

It doesn’t seem like much of a stretch to say that he probably doesn’t have much in common with Compton raised rapper Kendrick Lamar, and that’s totally fine. He doesn’t try to be Kendrick Lamar, he’s just George Barnett.

Wonderful, wonderful George Barnett.


By Nader Ahmadnia

Author: Nader Ahmadnia

Nader Ahmadnia is a writer for Progressive Man Magazine, an online music publication that features new and emerging talent.

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