In general, cover songs are incredibly average or exceptionally terrible. However, not all musical artists disgrace the material of the original bands. Here are some exceptional cover songs.
Botch: “Rock Lobster”
Original Artist: The B-52s
Description: Imagine the B-52s through a hardcore filter with screaming and angry guitars. Now you’re intrigued.
Mr. Little Jeans: “The Suburbs”
Original Artist: Arcade Fire
Description: I should probably hate this, but I don’t. It is an electronic/chillstep rendition of “The Suburbs,” and to avoid confusion, Mr. Little Jeans is a woman. Weird, right?
Nylithia: “Super Mario Castle Theme”
Original Artist: Super Mario Bros. Soundtrack
Description: This is an instrumental, death metal version of a theme from Super Mario Bros. Even Luigi gets crazy.
Type O Negative: “Black Sabbath”
Original Artist: Black Sabbath
Description: Type O Negative slow down “Black Sabbath” and manage to make it creepier and heavier than the original.
Original Artist: The Cars
Description: Deftones take an acoustic, ambient approach to this ’80s classic.
Johnny Cash: “If You Could Read My Mind”
Original Artist: Gordon Lightfoot
Description: While not a radical departure from the source material, this cover is done so well that it doesn’t need to be completely out of left field to work.
Fantomas: “Rosemary’s Baby”
Original Artist: Rosemary’s Baby Soundtrack
Description: Mike Patton and company put a sinister, heavy twist on this movie theme.
The Dillinger Escape Plan ft. Mike Patton: “Come to Daddy”
Original Artist: Aphex Twin
Description: This further proves Mike Patton can do no wrong, as he and The Dillinger Escape Plan annihilate what is already a spastic, caustic song.
Sanctuary: “White Rabbit”
Original Artist: Jefferson Airplane
Description: What would “White Rabbit” sound like with some thrash thrown in the mix? Oh, here it is.
Nevermore: “The Sound of Silence”
Original Artist: Simon & Garfunkel
Description: Warrel Dane (also the lead singer of Sanctuary) really knows his stuff. This is an impossibly heavy take on Simon & Garfunkel’s folk classic.