20 of the Most Surprisingly Awesome Genre-Crossing Covers


By Adrienne Black

Artists putting their own twist on a favorite is nothing new, but most of the time they stick to their lane, even if they are "making the song their own." An R&B singer pays homage to their idol by covering an old soul record—the usual. But every once in a while you'll hear a cover that completely confuses you in the first few seconds. So different from the originals, these are the covers that sound like entirely new songs. These are the genre-bending covers that really trip you up and show a new side to some of our favorite songs and favorite artists. Here are 20 of the best.

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  • Anthony Thompson

    me and bobby mcgee!! Janis Joplin covered a Kris Kristopherson song and well you know…

  • x97sfinest

    You completely missed that the Solange cover was a mix of Erykah Badu- Bag Lady and the dirty projects song… thats the reason for the Dre beat

  • http://lordamadeus.tumblr.com/ Lord Amadeus

    Honorable mention: J*DaVeY- Smells Like Teen Spirit.

    Also MeLo-X is hands down the most underrated producer in the game right now, and a very talented emcee. Check out his GOD series EPs.

  • L’Eau-Hic.

    You can add “Live Long ASAP” (ASAP Rocky) covered by “Bipolar Sunshine” : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ad-XS-XbbHc

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