With Coldplay‘s cover of Rihanna‘s “We Found Love” currently going viral online, we’ve taken the spirit of the song to heart and revisited our favorite covers of RiRi’s songs. And yes, we’ve found love in hopeless places, falling head over heels for renditions of songs we didn’t think we could possibly love coming from anyone’s mouth but hers.
COLDPLAY – “We Found Love”
Coldplay covered Rihanna’s latest release “We Found Love” for BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge series and we’re afraid to say this but… it might just be as good, or better than, the original! Earning Coldplay some serious points in the wake of their new album Mylo Xyloto‘s growing momentum, the cover replaces the Calvin Harris club banging beats with a more chilled out vibe. As such, the sentiment in Coldplay’s version is far more pervasive than in RiRi’s self-conscious original, in which the accompanying adds elements of superficiality to (what Coldplay has proved to be) the wonderful lyricism of the track.
JAMIE CULLUM – “Don’t Stop The Music”
Jamie Cullum‘s version of “Don’t Stop The Music” renders the original barely recognizable, but for the distinctive lyric. Vast and jazzy, Cullum’s version of the dance floor hit has hints of speakeasy martini bars between the plucking piano notes that blend together with Cullum’s cool, smooth charm.
THE BASEBALLS – “Umbrella”
Think Elvis Presley meets Beatlemania and you’ve got The Baseballs‘ version of Rihanna’s seminal hit “Umbrella”. Soulful and upbeat, the Baseballs infuse Umbrella with 50’s vibes and teddy boy style, totally deviating from the original (which was a wise decision, being that “Umbrella” is such a great pop song, who would want to go up against RiRi’s style on that one?). And now, we dare you not to dance.
THE CAB – “Disturbia”
Ever thought you’d hear RiRi go pop-punk? Nope? Neither did we! But The Cab‘s version of “Disturbia” is strangely catchy and infectious. It’s got nothing on the original but that’s not to say the cover still isn’t amazing — Rihanna is just an exceptionally hard act to follow!
THE LAST SHADOW PUPPETS – “SOS”
Brit-pop meets dub meets Rihanna in The Last Shadow Puppets‘ cover of “SOS”. Dark and sexy, The Last Shadow Puppets—a side project fronted by Arctic Monkeys singer Alex James—make their take on “SOS” addictive, thanks to the song’s torpid pace, heavy bass line and organ sounds.