It's way easier to create your own cover version of your favorite song than you think. Find out what's so special about cover songs, all the benefits and how to create your very own cover song.
We all love them, admit it. I could say „well at least I do“ but that would be a lie. Because: We. All. Love. Covers. Millions of cover songs on YouTube. Hundreds of thousands of pages about the best cover songs of all time. Special playlists just with cover songs of different genres on music streaming platforms. Pentatonix, a band with acapella songs as their song repertoire is filling out concert halls and is selling thousands of tickets for their tour. Like I said: We all love covers. You are living under a rock and don’t know what a cover is? No Problem:
What is a cover?
„[It] is a new performance or recording by someone other than the original artist or composer of a previously recorded, commercially released song." - Wikipedia
Simple as that. But a lot of people don’t know the difference between a cover song and the remake of a song. Some might even say, that they are interchangeable. But in fact, there are ways to differentiate these two terms
Difference between a cover and a remake?
Usually, they are distinguished by the artist and the performance.
This means that:
a remake is a copy of a published song, but this version stays true to its original appearance. Often a remake is even published by the original artist after a few years to gain attraction again for it.
a cover is a reinterpretation of a song, usually shortly after the original artist published the song. The cover artist can change parts of the song, like the tempo, texture or general „feeling“ and fit it to his or her music style. There are same-genre covers and other-genre covers, e.g. a rock musician creates a rock cover of a pop song.
So if a song should be called a cover or a remake depends on the artist of the song, the time it is released, and the changes that were made. Ok, now we got that part cover. (See what I did there?
But why do we love cover songs so much?
A cover song is not only a copy of an original song. It’s a new interpretation. A different approach. A new way to tell a story.
„A cover song is rarely better than the original. Except when they are.“ - Spotify, Playlist: „Better Than The Original? (Covers)“
And that is true. Sometimes we don’t even realize that a famous song is actually a cover song since the new version is more popular.
Here are 10 Covers that are more
popular than the original song
“Hallelujah” - Jeff Buckley (original by Leonard Cohen)
“The Man Who Sold The World” - Nirvana (original by David Bowie)
“I Will Always Love You” - Whitney Houston (original by Dolly Parton)
„Hurt" - Johnny Cash (originally by Nine Inch Nails)
"Killing Me Softly“ - The Fugees (originally by Roberta Flack)
"Over the Rainbow“ - Israel Kamakawiwo'ole (originally by Judy Garland)
„Valerie" - Amy Winehouse (originally by The Zutons)
"Whiskey in a Jar“ - Metallica (originally by Thin Lizzy)
„Higher Ground" - Red Hot Chili Peppers (originally by Stevie Wonder)
„Lady Marmalade“ - Christina Aguilera, Lil’ Kim, Mya and Pink (originally by Labelle)
But those are just a few worth mentioning. There is an endless supply of cover songs. The music streaming service Spotify does not only have one playlist for cover songs but has even one for a lot of different music genres. For example Rock Covers, Acoustic Covers, Indie Covers, Throwback Covers, Dance Covers and many more!
Covers are awesome. They give us songs that we already love and put them in different clothing. They make us „re-hear“ and „re-live“ the memories we have with the original song. You get reminded of the things that connects you to the music, the moments that happened when you were listening to it in the first place. However, because of the new interpretation and the changes that were made to the song, everything happens in your subconscious level, so you don’t even realize it. And that is just one reason, why cover songs are great. Or imagine you actually really like a song and the message of it, but you absolutely hate the original artist. The answer to your problem:
Look for a cover so you can enjoy the song to its fullest.
Yet the best part about cover songs: You already know the lyrics and are able to sing along. Your favorite songs get spiced up and you can listen to them on repeat again. Forget about shuffle, we want the same song again!
All these points should be enough reasons to like cover versions or at least give them another try if you really don’t like them.
But cover songs are not only nice to listen to.
There are many artists who started
with cover songs
or created some in the course of their music career. Bob Dylan, Jimmi Hendrix, Elvis Presley, etc. Cover songs go way back and did not just emerge as a trend because of YouTube. But the video-sharing platform did have an affect on covers, especially on cover artists. Just think about Justin Bieber (we used to do that all the time, what happened there?). His mother started to upload some of his performances and cover songs on YouTube.
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