I guess it’s refreshing to hear artistes doing covers of old songs. It’s like infusing a fresh breath of air into these (probably) forgotten songs.
As much as I love covers such as Take My Breath Away by Jessica Simpson, (originally performed by Berlin), or Bowling For Soup’s London Bridge (Fergie), there are some covers which just do nothing, but murdering the songs. Take Switchfoot’s Crazy In Love (Beyonce) or New Found Glory’s Cry Me A River (Justin Timberlake). They killed the songs. Perfectly. It’s sad. Then again, it’s subjective.
Of course there are some like David Cook, who does it better than the original artiste. I am so in love with his rendition of Mariah Carey’s Always be My Baby! ;)
Rihanna’s Umbrella, the hit which stayed at its peak in numerous charts has been covered by countless artistes like All Time Low, Mandy Moore, My Chemical Romance, One Republic, Biffy Clyro, Manic Street Preachers, Vanilla Sky and Taylor Swift. Guess what. These folks will never be able to do it like the Rihanna herself. Of course, there are some which I enjoy listening to, like renditions from Vanilla Sky and One Republic. Other than that, give justice to original artistes and stop killing top hits!