Covers aren’t always a bad thing. Sometimes, an artist can breathe new life into a familiar track and make it something completely new. And that’s okay! In fact, it’s really awesome. That’s what these 10 artists, including Yael Naim, Florence Welch and Jack Johnson, have done with these songs. They all managed to make these tracks their own and give us 10 more unexpectedly awesome covers.
1. Hugo, “99 Problems” (Jay-Z)
Who would have ever thought Jay-Z’s track would work as a honky tonk throw down?
2. Yael Naim, “Toxic” (Britney Spears)
This cover is a surprisingly sexual take on the Britney’s chart-topper.
3. Daughter, “Get Lucky” (Daft Punk)
Daughter’s cover of Daft Punk’s lead single of their new album is hypnotic.
4. Glee, “Teenage Dream” (Katy Perry)
The is an instance where the show didn’t ruin a song. In fact, it made it better.
5. Chris Rubeo, “Lover’s Spit” (Broken Social Scene)
First heard in the online series, The Outs, Rubeo’s cover of Lover’s Spit gives the song a whole new meaning.
6. Anna Kendrick, “Cups” (Lulu and the Lampshades)
Kendrick’s performance of this song was a standout in Pitch Perfect. (Just ignore that remix video thing that came out in March.)
7. Jack Johnson, “We’re Gonna Be Friends” (The White Stripes)
The White Stripes song always felt like a Jack Johnson sing-along jam perfect for the beach.
8. The Starting Line, “I’m Real” (Jennifer Lopez and Ja Rule)
This is one of those rare, good tracks from the whole “Punk Goes Pop” covers that happened in the early ’00s.
9. Duffy, “Live And Let Die” (Wings)
If there was any argument to be made why Duffy should sing the next Bond theme, it’s this.
10. Florence + The Machine, “I Heard It Through The Grapevine” (Marvin Gaye)
Florence is the cover queen but this take on the Marvin Gaye track is one of her best.