Cover Me: 80’s Edition

I always get really excited when I stumble across a great cover or remake. I really like the idea of taking something old and giving it a fresh perspective. Sometimes the changes are subtle, just slight tweaks here and there, while other times the song can become barely recognizable in the best way possible.

One of my favorite decades musically is the 1980’s. I love the New Wave sound and the danceability that it brought to music. Yes, I just used the word danceability.

These are my some of my favorite remakes of songs from the 1980’s.

“Private Eyes” / The Bird and the Bee / Originally Hall and Oates (1981)

“Pretty in Pink” / Automatic 7 / Originally The Psychedelic Furs (1981)

“Mad World” / Gary Jules / Originally Tears for Fears (1982)

“If You Were Here” / Cary Brothers / Originally Thompson Twins (1983)

“Islands in the Stream” / Feist and Constantine / Originally Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton (1983)

“Forever Young” / Youth Group / Originally Alphaville (1984)

“It’s My Life” / No Doubt / Originally Talk Talk (1984)

“Dancing in the Dark” / Tegan and Sara / Originally Bruce Springsteen (1984)

“Radio Ga Ga” / Electric Six / Originally Queen (1984)

“Nothing Compares 2 U” / Dan Kelly / Originally The Family (1985)

“Head Over Heels” / Digital Daggers / Originally Tears for Fears (1985)

“Your Love” / Fay Wolf / Originally Outfield (1986)

“Just Like Heaven” / Gatsby’s American Dream / Originally The Cure (1987)

“Smooth Criminal” / Alien Ant Farm / Originally Michael Jackson (1987)

“Faith” / The Boy Least Likely To / Originally George Michael (1987)

“Enjoy the Silence” / Anberlin / Originally Depeche Mode (1989)

“Lovesong” / 311 / Originally The Cure (1989)

“So Alive” / Better Than Ezra / Originally Love and Rockets (1989)

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  1. […] hit). One of my favorite recent covers (because I have oh so many and it has been well documented here, here, here, here, and here) is “Love In This Club”, a cover of an Usher song done by […]

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