Sometimes it works...sometimes it doesn't.
Most of the time, you don't even realize these cover songs exist.
And in some cases, the songs are too deliciously random and must be shared with the world immediately.
Here are five cover songs you might not have known existed.
You're welcome. Happy Monday.
5. Britney Spears covers All That She Wants by Ace of Base
I'm starting you out light here. This cover is unexpected, but should come as no real surprise to any Britney fan. After all, her top hits which made her a star ten years ago were written by the man (Max Martin) who crafted most of the Ace of Base songs in the early 1990s. You can hear the influence. But it is interesting to give this song a whirl. Plus, she gives the song her own spin by changing the lyrics.
4. Miley Cryus covers Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana
I'm not a huge Nirvana fan. I'm not even a huge Kurt Cobain fan. But being a teenager from the 90s, I know enough about the artist to understand that this cover of Smells Like Teen Spirit is sacrilegious. I'm totally serious. I don't even know where to begin.
First, this song represents a mournful generational sentiment that Miley Cyrus couldn't even begin to wrap her head around. So for her to prance around in a skimpy pop star bedazzled sex suit and sing this song to thousands of clueless 12-year-old girls is unfathomable to me. The day she decided to cover this song, poor Kurt died again. When he was alive, he was so troubled by the materialistic plastic meaningless crap consuming our culture in the early 90s, that he couldn't even swallow his own fame.
This song is basically Hannah Montana shitting on all that's sacred in the world and laughing all the way to the bank.
If that is my opinion, as a so-so fan, imagine the horror of Nirvana's real fans. The comments on the youtube page pretty much say it all.
3. Ozzy Osbourne covers Stayin' Alive by the Bee Gees
I actually like this version better than the original.
2. Pat Boone covers Enter Sandman by Metallica
Unlike our friend, Miley, this smooth crooner isn't making a mockery of a beloved rock song, he's owning it. And it's fucking AWESOME.
If you're familiar with this Metallica song, then you, my friends, are in for a treat. This brassy big-band version of Enter Sandman is hysterical. Pat Boone sings the morbid lyrics with such confident pizazz, you could have sworn he cheerfully wrote this tune back in 1958.
I never knew a death-metal rock song could be so swingin' and so seemingly innocent. I suggest turning this song on at high volume, grabbing a glass of bubbly, and twirling around the dance floor with that special someone.
1. Alanis Morissette covers My Humps by the Black Eyed Peas
What do you think of these covers? Which one is your favorite?