track. A list of the greatest ‘Punk Goes’ covers of all time All Time Low – ‘Umbrella’ (Rihanna cover). The choruses in this cover by SECRETS are nearly flawless, but this is one of those instances where replacing rapping with screaming in the verses doesn’t work as well. Forever The Sickest Kids couldn’t have made Rihanna’s “We Found Love” sound any more anthemic. The less aggressive sound in the original actually conveys this song’s clear message more effortlessly. When Prince’s Purple Rain turned 25 in 2009, the occasion was widely celebrated in a variety of contexts due to the double media smash success of the 1984 film and album. The perfect amalgamation of song choice, band performance, and fortuitous timing, The Clash’s “I Fought The Law” set the high-water mark for just how impactful the right cover song can be for a band (and even an entire genre). Some stronger instrumentals would’ve elevated the Maine’s cover of “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” from good to great. Like the original version of, also sets the perfect getting ready for a night out at the club vibe—that is, if the club happens to have a, ’s cover of Britney Spears’ iconic single “Toxic” feels well placed, and the drums and guitar make the song feel much more exciting. 3. track. While The Donnas flirted with classic rock and heavy metal in their later albums, the Palo Alto foursome always built their sound and ethos on good old-fashioned punk music. While The 5.6.7.8’s kinetically bouncy cover of the 1950s rockabilly quasi-instrumental “Woo Hoo” was originally released on the Japanese trio’s 1996 album Bomb the Twist, it gained a significant amount of popularity in the early 2000s thanks to its in inclusion in Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill: Volume 1. Sleeping With Sirens frontman Kellin Quinn’s vocals shine in this cover of CeeLo Green’s “Fuck You.” We all love it when he adds in those impossibly high riffs and runs, but still, they don’t quite live up to Green’s soulfulness. This is just one of many instances across the seven Punk Goes Pop albums where the issue wasn’t so much the band’s approach to the song but rather the choice of song itself. PUNK IS A VAST GENRE WITH VARIOUS SUBSECTIONS , BUT WHAT ARE THE MUST HAVE PUNK TRACKS ? The line “That’s just what gangsters do” gives us chills every time. Picking 20 punk songs was almost impossible. Vocalist. … Shares (Image credit: Getty) There was once a time when punks and metalheads were mortal enemies. While the song itself is fine enough, what has made it most significant is the sentimentality of what it has signified for both bands—a tribute to one band that has turned into an on-stage ritual for the other. Although she’s often associated more heavily with rock circles, Joan Jett unquestionably earned legit punk cred early on in her career. As cool as it was to see this all-too-familiar fun. ’s 2013 hit, up until the first “We be all night” kicked in. In fact, we’re not sure the band could’ve picked a better “pop” song to cover for the seventh. The members of Silverstein certainly don’t need to apologize... 3. Go Radio — "Rolling … Plenty of pop punk bands have put their own spin on tracks you've probably heard (or hated) in the charts, but we decided to compile a list of our favourite 12. It’s easy to see why the cover works so well in so many contexts: hearing such an iconic song filtered through such an iconic voice offers its own immediate accessibility, but having the extra gravitas of it being posthumously released adds an extra layer of celebratory remembrance to the whole experience. Dropkick Murphys recorded their uproarious version of “Tessie” for their 2004 EP of the same name. Patti Smith is sometimes pegged as more poet than punk, but there’s no doubt that her otherworldly creative output has always been informed by her early punk influences. In fact, we’re not sure the band could’ve picked a better “pop” song to cover for the seventh Punk Goes Pop album. This cover has lots of great qualities, but it could’ve been better if, did add an acceptable amount of screaming—and a brilliantly crafted breakdown—to make this more than just your average. First, the 1980s seem to be the decade that is most ripe for the original source material to be covered. Then there have been some song selections and stylistic choices that have left us scratching our heads. Like the original version of “We R Who We R,” this cover by Chunk! Over the years, there have been some serious masterpieces. M.I.A.’s unique vocal style fits the meaning of “Paper Planes” so well, it’s hard not to find it a little boring when sung by anyone else. Ice Nine Kills added some really interesting elements, both vocally and instrumentally, to Maroon 5’s “Animals.” As a band known for incorporating vivid horror themes into their lyrics, it seems fitting that Ice Nine Kills would’ve picked a song with such a distinct and eerie metaphor. We were pretty happy, though, to see the bridge of the song, originally rapped by Lil Wayne, turned into a sick breakdown with screamed vocals, albeit a short one. , turned into a sick breakdown with screamed vocals, albeit a short one. While “Knowledge” is one of Operation Ivy’s most well known songs, it has also become one of Green Day’s most notable and enduring covers. One of the more clever tributes of 2009 was Purplish Rain, a tribute album compiled by Spin magazine that featured track-by-track Purple Rain covers in the album’s original running order. Quote. In 2012, Patrick Moxey, president of the Ultra dance music label, discovered the song. American Idiot - Green Day stayed true to the original in many ways, adding their own sound in all the right places. Their blistering cover of Ritchie Valens’ “La Bamba” (the B-side to their “Achin’” 7” single in 1981) was a high-water mark for the group, itself a commentary on their Latino roots that was both celebratory and satirical, though the ratio between those two elements is up for debate. The two prominent vocalists from different eras of the pop-punk scene give an entirely new meaning to this Cyndi Lauper classic. The Donnas have always seemed to be equal parts Runaways and Ramones and their cover of “Dancing With Myself” blends the best of both influences with their own tough-girl twist. These original and punk covers of holiday songs from Rise Against, Stiff Little Fingers, the Ramones and The Damned are a must for any Christmas playlist. Years before the platinum-selling polish they showed on 1997’s Let’s Face It, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones showed a spunky pioneering spirit on tracks like “Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love.”. Tarcy Thomason’s voice sounds as sexy as ever on the track, but ultimately, Lady Gaga’s throaty style is what gives “Bad Romance” its signature vibe. When done well, though, it can turn even the strongest opponents of pop music into believers. Tyler Carter — "Hello" (Adele). However, the accompanying zombie-apocalypse music video definitely adds a few points in the song’s favor. PIERCE THE VEIL - '(DON'T FEAR) THE REAPER' (originally by Blue Oyster Cult) PTV have never been afraid to show their chops as musicians, and even as early as 2010 they were a cut above the rest. While most punk covers from this period hovered around the cheesier songs of the 1980s, The Suicide Machines’ decision to reach a little farther back for their tip-of-the-hat and it certainly paid off with this incredibly fun cover. But fear not! We just found ourselves wanting more of that. ’s “Love The Way You Lie.” Some of the notes, however, along with the change in rhythm, make the verses of this serious and emotional song feel a little too bright. Punk cover supergroup Me First and the Gimme Gimmes released their very first 7” single in 1995 and it contained a John Denver cover on each side: “Country Roads” on the A and “Leaving On A Jet Plane” on the B. Thankfully, the second and third choruses are a bit more rock-infused. However, they did interpret the quiet bridge beautifully. The rapped verses (with occasional bits of singing) don’t work quite as well at this new tempo, and some of the sung lines feel a bit awkward and oddly placed, but the choruses provide the opportunity to reflect more deeply on the song’s powerful message. However, the howl gets lost in the breakdown. But in this case, the changes worked simply because Sparks The Rescue committed to altering the whole mood and tone of the song. There’s no denying that X’s 1980 debut album Los Angeles is one of the best and most influential punk albums of all time, thanks in some small part to what they did with their searing cover of “Soul Kitchen” by The Doors. Jett’s version of “Love Is All Around” from The Mary Tyler Moore Show (which, by the way, is No. They boldly went where no Swift cover had gone before, adding in lots of screaming and a breakdown, one of the track’s standout moments. The acoustic guitar only lasts for a few measures before giving way to ADTR’s signature sound. A studio version of Ramone’s muscled-up take on the easygoing classic wouldn’t become available until almost a year after his 2001 death, showing up as the opening track to his first solo album, 2002’s Don’t Worry About Me. This cover of, ’s unique vocal style fits the meaning of. So much so that anytime the term “punk cover” is uttered into the ether, Topper Headon’s rumbling drum intro starts thundering somewhere in the distance. Never one to be away from music for too long, Joey Ramone took the stage two short months later at an Arizona alt-rock festival (as “Joey Ramone and The Resistance”) and played his excitable cover of Louis Armstrong’s “What A Wonderful World” for the very first time. album. A Skylit Drive struck a nice balance between screaming and clean vocals in their cover of Eminem’s “Love The Way You Lie.” Some of the notes, however, along with the change in rhythm, make the verses of this serious and emotional song feel a little too bright. cover. The acoustic guitar only lasts for a few measures before giving way to ADTR’s signature sound. California alternative rockers Noise Ratchet decided to take Mandy Moore’s “Crush” in a different direction for their contribution to the very first Punk Goes Pop album. The members of Silverstein certainly don’t need to apologize for their faster yet just as emotional (if not more) rendition of this well-known song. Say what you will about the lack of screaming and breakdowns in this cover, but there’s definitely something to be said for this stripped-down version of the Plot In You. To top it all off, frontwoman. We were on board with Oceans Ate Alaska’s metalcore reimagining of Beyoncé’s 2013 hit, up until the first “We be all night” kicked in. They made the sound brighter, the chorus punchier and the guitar work tighter, all while holding on to the raw passion in the original. Their take feels distinctly different from other Punk Goes Pop tracks, but somehow it just works. Their take on the Swedish pop quartet’s 1975 single “S.O.S.” retains the original’s minor-key intro and verses while bolstering the major key chorus blasts with additional horn and guitar work. It’s an ingenious sonic smirk to the genre’s lineage that’s also just a really entertaining listen. While The Clash’s explosive take on the Sonny Curtis/Bobby Fuller Four classic “I Fought The Law” may not have been the first punk rock cover song ever recorded, it is arguably the finest. Released during the late summer of that year’s baseball season, the song went on to gain a second life as a Boston baseball anthem as the Red Sox went on to “reverse the curse” and win their first World Series in 86 years. Yellowcard’s cover of Michelle Branch’s “Everywhere” is undeniably one of the most memorable and well-done tracks on the album that started it all. We just found ourselves wanting more of that. Such is the case with Rancid’s cover of Sham 69’s “If The Kids Are United” from the 1999 Hellcat Records compilation Give ‘Em the Boot II. At least until the end, when BC finally get creative with a sick breakdown. album, lacked the feeling of desperation that characterized the original song, and the intro feels all but empty without that celestial synth. Over the years, there have been some serious masterpieces. Batman Forever may have its share of questionable moments (nipples on the batsuit? 7, containing a total of eighteen releases, featuring mostly cover songs. The series began in 2000 with Punk Goes Metal and last featured an entry with 2017’s Punk Goes Pop Vol. While “California Sun” from their third album (1977’s Leave Home) fits easily into this odd segment of their covers oeuvre, it also contains a certain spark that elevates it into being one of the band’s more celebrated covers, as evidenced by its resurfacing in their 1979 film Rock ‘n’ Roll High School and on a wide variety of their compilations and live albums. Play on Spotify British pop-punk quintet Boston Manor definitely did “Heathens” justice, but even with vocalist Henry Cox’s impressive performance and the addition of distinct guitar, drum and bass parts, the dark themes of the song aren’t conveyed quite as clearly. To say that the Ramones knew how to pick good cover songs is like saying that they knew... 3. And New Years Day’s cover, led by a Harley Quinn-ified Ash Costello, only enhances the song’s eerie vibe. Incredible stuff. Fearless Records’ famous Punk Goes… franchise has certainly come a long way since its first installment in 2000. than Jay Sean. From the soft guitar intro to the fervent drum fills, which build up to an explosive chorus, Silverstein add the perfect raw punk touch to, No cover can ever fully compare to the melancholy yet stomp-along quality of, ’s cover is such a fantastic reimagining. If you’re a late ’90s/early 2000s hip-hop purist, though, you might find the totally transformed vibe of this cover to be a bit much. While they definitely succeeded in making the song feel less cheesy, their approach was a little too out there, and this track would have been best left to its sweet simplicity. The screaming in A Static Lullaby’s cover of Britney Spears’ iconic single “Toxic” feels well placed, and the drums and guitar make the song feel much more exciting. Most notably, On the Cover included an inspired version of A-ha’s “Take On Me” a couple years before it became one of the de facto pop-punk covers of the late ‘90s. However, as the bands who’ve made numerous appearances in the. Here are 10 of the best. Thrice’s cover of “Send Me An Angel,” off the very first Punk Goes Pop album, lacked the feeling of desperation that characterized the original song, and the intro feels all but empty without that celestial synth. The slower tempo does make the song feel a bit lacking in energy compared to. For the most part, the balance between screams and clean vocals in Alesana’s rendition of “What Goes Around…Comes Around” feels pretty solid. Longview - Green Day 4. 10 in our list of Best TV Theme Songs) struts in a way that is pitch perfect in tempo, delivery and snarl, while the dual liberated feminist icon symbolism adds an additional layer to her quintessential sonic swagger. Of course Artist Vs. Music, Film, TV and Political News Coverage. Punk Goes Crunk came out in 2007, which is... Tonight Alive – ‘Little Lion Man’ (Mumford & Sons cover). While Sharon Jones’ funk-fueled “Take Me With U” and Mariachi El Bronx’s festive waltz through “I Would Die 4 U” expertly showcase Prince’s far-reaching sonic imprint, Purplish Rain’s explosive opening track—“Let’s Go Crazy” by Riverboat Gamblers—shows that The (painfully missed) Purple One translates to punk rock just as comfortably as anything other genre. While the Amity Affliction’s cover of the Weeknd’s “Can’t Feel My Face” was a valiant effort, the note changes in the chorus and prechorus were enough to make the whole track sound somewhat off. 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