Israel Kamakawiwo'ole - “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” (Judy Garland cover)
One quick glance at that long name and you may be thinking that you don’t know this song. You definitely do. It’s almost in every movie or commercial. The original Judy Garland version that was featured in The Wizard of Oz got a sweet update when it was transformed by the simple help of a ukulele and a beautiful voice from the late Israel Kamakawiwo'ole, a Hawaiian legend.
The simplicity of the instrumentation matches the softness of Israel’s voice, creating a magically hopeful tone. If you close your eyes for a moment, you really might feel like you’re floating. And no worries, it’s acceptable to admit you like a cover of a show tune when it sounds as gorgeous as this.