Everyone loves a good pop song. A well written melody or sing along chorus puts a smile on most peoples faces. You want to know what’s better than a good pop song though? A good pop song covered by a pop punk rock band.
Here’s five excellent examples of covers and remixes done right!
California Girls by Katy Perry. Remixed by Neverlate.
I’m starting off with the only remix on my list today. I found this randomly on youtube a while ago, but simply love it. It’s kept Katy Perry’s original vocals but everything else has been re-recorded. This remix is what the original song should have been released as! It’s also got a pretty awesome guitar solo instead of Snopp Dog, so I’m all for it.
I Really Like You by Carly Rae Jepsen. Covered by Against The Current featuring MAX.
Recently I reviewed Against The Current’s second EP, Gravity. I mentioned at the time that they had become popular on Youtube by doing thier own pop punk covers. Their channel has over 1.3 million subscribers so they must be doing something right. This cover of I Really Like you really adds to the song, with the vocal style of MAX and Chrissy Costanza really bringing more feeling than the original. Love it!
Umbrella by Rihanna. Covered by All Time Low.
This is the only cover on this list done by a mainstream band who have already achieved major critical success. As opposed to the rest of my list, that is built around Youtube creators All Time Low are an American pop punk band from Baltimore that formed back in 2003. They’ve released six full length studio albums, but one of my favourite things the four piece has done is cover this song.
Wrecking Ball by Miley Cyrus. Covered by Patty Walters.
Patty Walters is the lead singer of English punk rock band As It Is. They released their first album at the end of 2015, so congrats! Before the success of his group though Patty covered songs on Youtube including Wrecking Ball by Miley Cryus. His cover is pretty amazing and with almost three million views the internet seems to agree.
Club Can’t Handle Me by Flo Rida. Covered by Tyler Ward and Cobus Potgieter.
An oldie but a goodie. The collaboration between Tyler Ward and drummer Cobus Potgieter was one of the first Youtube covers that I first saw and actually appreciate. It’s one that helped me fall in love with Cobus’ drumming style. Club Can’t Handle Me as you can tell by the name was originally a club anthem. It still is, it’s just got a little more umph behind it now!