Despite being a cover version, It’s My Life is one of the biggest hits by the American band No Doubt. It is also one of the latest tracks before the band’s hiatus since 2004.
No doubt the original version (Talk Talk, 1984) is great too, but there is just one thing missing: Gwen Stefani.
No Doubt – It’s My Life Released: 30/Dec/2003
Album: The Singles 1992–2003
Memorable line: “It’s my life / Don’t you forget / Caught in the crowd / It never ends.”
Genres: pop, rock, alternative
The Beach Boys‘ song sounds like a typical oldie classic (what it actually is), but wait to hear the original one by the legendarry The Mamas & the Papas – dating from 1965.
Nowadays the California Dreamin‘ is a sentimental dream for an ended golden era of pop-rock music.
The Beach Boys – California Dreamin’
Label: Capitol Records
Memorable line: “California dreamin’ / On such a winter’s day”
Genres: pop, classic rock
Which are the most popular songs ever, in all genres? Sure, the love songs. And this one is even more literal with its name. The original is a song by the British rock band The Cure. Going back to the name, the song is popular as “Lovesong” and “Love Song” – it has been released under both titles, and there is no universall agreement for the spacing. But who cares anyway?
Jack Off Jill – Lovesong
Label: Risk Records
Album: Clear Hearts Grey Flowers
Memorable line: “Whatever words I say, I will always love you”
Genres: rock, metal
Big, big, big song. That’s all we need to say about Adele‘s “Rolling In The Deep“. So big that it got a few covers very quickly, less than a year after its official release. In 2011, Linkin Park performed one of them live – an acoustic version of the track. Chester Bennington, frontman of the American rock band, took over the vocals and sang. And – surprisingly or not – he sounded as good as Adele.
Linkin Park – Rolling In The Deep Released: 04/Jul/2011
Album: performed live at the iTunes Festival in London, 2011
Memorable line: “We could have had it all / Rolling in the deep / You had my heart in soul / And you played it to the beat
Genres: soul, blues
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