Everyone loves a good cover song. Plenty of bands get their start by easing a new audience into their sound by way of a truly great cover. Taking a familiar hit and proving that you can play it well is a status symbol for bands around the world. A cover can breathe a completely new life into a song.
Sometimes, a cover is so radically different from the original version that it’s practically a new song. For Music Monday in the past, we’ve collected some of our all-time favorite covers. This time, we’ve put together a playlist of covers that completely transform the original versions. From the recently controversial cover of “Baby Got Back” to Jimi Hendrix’s now classic re-imagining of the “Star Spangled Banner,” we’ve rounded up the cover songs that least resemble their originals.