For a person who listens to music as often as breathing, you will immediately know when a song is a remake or not from the first eight notes you’ll be hearing. A matter of fact there’s a study that explains why some music genre, such as pop that sounds the same. It’s not that the radio keeps on hitting the repeat the button. But, according to a new study conducted by the researchers from the Medical University of Vienna, pop songs sound alike because of the genre’s increasing popularity. The more people hear this genre on the radios, the more the tunes become generic to the ears.
But what about the songs that remade a couple of times? Well, with the popularity of YouTube and its power to make an unknown to be known, it became the hotspot for remakes or cover versions of music. The ability of the aspiring artist to give justice to the songs they cover has been one of the contributing factors why a song that was released 2 or 3 decades ago are still popular today. And speaking of cover versions that seems people can’t get enough, here’s a list of songs that will surely never be forgotten because it has been covered several times.
Killing Me Softly (With His Song)
Would you believe that this song was first released in the late 1971 and yet can still be heard in several versions in YouTube and the airwaves? The song which was initially composed by Charles Fox in collaboration with the lyricist Norman Gimbel has helped several artist bags several awards. Notable awardees for covering this song are Roberta Flack who won the 1973 Grammy for the Best Pop Vocal Performance and the Fugees who won the 1997 Grammy for the Best RnB Performance by a Duo.
Girls Just Want To Have Fun
If you want a song that describes women empowerment, the first song that will probably come to your mind is Cindy Lauper’s Girls Just Want To Have Fun. But initially, this was first recorded by an American musician named Robert Hazard in 1973, and only became more popular when Lauper released her version on 1983. Since then it was covered by several artists that include Miley Cyrus during her Hannah Montana phase, Nicki Minaj and Katy Perry, Post Modern Jukebox as well as Greg Laswell for the male version of the song.
Smells Like Teen Spirit
If you want to release that angst and rebellious teen spirit as a teenager, Nirvana’s Smells Like Teen Spirit is the anthem. Ever since it was released by the band in the 10th of September 1991, it changed the rock music scene. It is one of the songs that was covered several times that it even had a parody version sung by Weird Al Yankovic entitled Smells Like Nirvana. Cover versions of this song were made by Robert Glasper Experiment, James Morrison, The Bad Plus, Scala and Kolacny Brothers, Patti Smith, Paul Anka, Flyleaf, Tori Amos and to name a few.
These are some of the popular music then and still popular up to date. Indeed, once people love the music whatever version it is, they will even listen to it. However, no matter how good the new version over the original, music lovers and real fans will always come back to the original.
Do you know other music that has lots of cover versions? Comment it down!