Covers are songs originally done by one band, and then remade by another group. Some bands start out just doing covers to find their own style while some bands only do covers. Fans of the original song could like one over the other, but it all comes down to personal preference. Songs from another generation of music can be remade in an entirely different style or even genre of music. More than likely, the songs will sound different, but there are some songs that sound so similar that you’re not sure who was the original artist and who made the cover.
Some artists (like Disturbed) are always putting a couple covers on their newer albums giving their fans a variety of new releases and songs they think they’ve heard before. It may be difficult to tell if that song is a cover or something the band came up with because it’ll match their own style and tempo of that band so well. Metallica did the Garage Inc album which was just covers, and groups like Kidz Bop, only do covers of popular songs that are more geared to children.
It’s often rare these days, but some bands don’t do covers at all or will only do covers live. Some artists hate how another artist will cover their original. It seems like covers are here to stay. No matter how one artist does a song, another one can either do it better or worse, depending on the perspective of the listener.
Another thing about covers is that they’re not always gender specific, a male artist could cover a song done by a female artist and a female artist can cover a song done my a male artist. This takes some getting used to as the song lyrics don’t sound right in certain cases, especially with women coming from Venus and men coming from Mars.
So what can you take away from this? Decide for yourself. Compare and contrast, and think of the original artist as some inspiration to the artist that did the cover. Play both the original and the cover to decide for yourself which one you like best and why. Everyone’s preference is different, and everyone has a bit of a different style and compilation of music they listen to. So sit back, relax, and come up with your own conclusions of who made what song better. From now on, listen out to those songs that are covered and think, isn’t music wonderful?
Written by: Kevin Fry