Outside of books and writing, I’m also a huge fan of music. Classics, oldies, modern, foreign, I love it all. So today I thought to post something totally different than usual. Today I’m going to share some of my favorite songs which are remakes of oldies.
I Walk The Line
This song was originally written and recorded by Johnny Cash in 1956. If you haven’t heard or listened to Johnny Cash, do it now! He was such an amazing singer and there’s this a soft country feel to his music. Anyway, I’m not a massive fan of Halsey’s music, but she did a cover of this song, which is so haunting and beautiful.
Don’t Fear The Reaper
A seventies classic, this song was originally recorded by the Blue Oyster Cult (yes, that is the real name of the band), featured on their 1976 album Agents of Fortune. It’s such a classic song, but I absolutely love what The Spiritual Machines did to it in their cover.
Another seventies classic, this one was written and recorded by Dolly Parton in 1973. I was never a massive fan of the song (mostly because of the lyrics), but I absolutely love Miley Cyrus’s cover for it. Which is surprising, because I actually don’t like most of Cyrus’s music.
Knocking on Heaven’s Door
This song is written by Bob Dylan, and was originally recorded in 1973. There are a few famous covers for this one, including one by Guns N’ Roses. But my favorite has to be by Raign.
Don’t Fence Me In
This one is perhaps the oldest song on my list, written in 1934. The most famous recording is by Roy Rogers in 1944. Recently, Labyrinth did this new recording of it with a bit of a twist, and I love it!
Sound of Silence
This is probably Simon & Garfunkel’s most famous hit, and I love the original! It was recorded in 1964, and I’ve heard many great covers. But none are quite as good as Pentatonix’s cover.
Everybody Wants to Rule The World
This song is our most modern song, originally recorded in 1985 by the band Tears For Fears. I actually wasn’t a massive fan of the original song, until I heard Lorde’s haunting cover of it.
Bad Moon Rising
Yes, this song’s lyrics are “there’s a bad moon on the rise” and not “there’s a bathroom on the right.” This song is perhaps best well-known for its misheard lyrics, recorded by Creedance Clearwater Revival in 1969. But the rocky song is transformed into such a creepy song by Mourning Ritual, and I love it!
Country Roads, Take Me Home
This was a John Denver song from 1974, and is an old favorite of mine. It makes you want to stand up and dance. Recently, one of my favorite Youtubers Peter Hollens did a cover of it. It’s so perfect!
Stand By Me
This is a Ben E. King song from 1960, though a lot of people are familiar with it from the 1986 film Stand by Me. When I heard Endless Summer’s cover of it, I had goosebumps. The original is a favorite of mine, and I love this new sound!
There is something interesting about remaking old songs. For one, the original recording may not be the best sound quality. Or they may have been rocky and the newer songs are softer. Whatever the case, it’s interesting how different a song can sound when arranged in a different way.
Do you like any of these songs? What is your favorite song which is a remake? Let me know your thoughts down in the comments, follow my blog for more musings and, as always,
Best wishes in your life full of adventure,