Music Monday: Plenty of Covers to Keep You Warm
Welcome back for another round of Music Monday! For this week, I’ve selected six soothing covers of songs that will make today a little more enjoyable. Turn up the volume and unwind as I try to cure your case of the Mondays.
1.) Drunk In Love – Kanye West Remix: Although a remix and a cover are two different things, I felt the need to add this song to the playlist after Kanye kicked off his Yeezus tour on Thursday night and gave fans a concert experience to remember. Listen to Mr. West remix Beyoncé’s single “Drunk In Love” and find out what the internet has been raving about this weekend.
2.) Girl From the North Country – Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash: On this day in 1969, folk fused with country as two iconic American musicians came together to cover Dylan’s hit from his 1963 album The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan. While the two are completely different styles of musicians, Dylan’s nasally voice mixed with Cash’s deep baritone and gave us this.
3.) I Fought the Law – Green Day: Frontman Billie Joe Armstrong celebrated his 42nd birthday today so in the spirit of punk rock, I give you Green Day’s cover of a song that was written by Sonny Curtis but made famous by bands like the Bobby Fuller Four and the Clash.
4.) Skinny Love – Ed Sheeran: This English songwriter turns 23 today after having a very successful year, which featured a Grammy nomination for his song “The A Team” and a tour with Taylor Swift. He’s done plenty of covers before — most notably his cover of “No Diggity” by Blackstreet — but check out Sheeran’s cover of this melodramatic anthem written by Bon Iver.
5.) Sweet Child of Mine – Postmodern Jukebox: This vintage jazz ensemble covers Guns and Roses with a surprisingly exhilarating air in this video that went viral over the weekend.
6.) Take Me Home, Country Roads – Toots & the Maytals: Here’s a little bit of reggae with lyrics by John Denver that will send you on a relaxing, Caribbean wave of good vibrations as you venture through the rest of your day. Is it weird? A little. Is it awesome? You bet.
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