So recently we took to the streets, aka our offices, to ask some of the staff here for their favorite cover songs. Here are the results.

Africa – Weezer (Originally by Toto)

I love the cover because I love the original song, and Weezer kept it so close to the original, but added something that made it their own. I could listen to this song all day long.

– Audra Peller, Web Merchandiser

 

Free Fallin’ – John Mayer (Originally by Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers)

A great song made better by the best.

– Dave Stutts, Content Creator

 

Higher Ground – Red Hot Chili Peppers (Originally by Stevie Wonder)

One word: Flea.

– Matthew Marcus, Web Copy Specialist

 

Live and Let Die – Guns n’ Roses (Originally by Paul McCartney & Wings)

What happens when you mix James Bond and Slash? You get an awesome cover song, this hard hitting metal version is a testament to the genius of Slash and the rest of Guns N Roses.

– John Conley, Guitar Product Manager

 

Semi-Charmed Life – Dance Gavin Dance (Originally by Third Eye Blind)

Growing up in the ’90s, I, like many people my age, have some weird affinity for ‘Semi-Charmed Life.’ It was a big hit in 5th grade and I bought the bands self-titled album on CD. FYI the song and album still hold up today. In more recent times, I’ve become a huge fan of the intricate and advanced music of Dance Gavin Dance, which combines frenetic guitar riffs with both soaring clean vocals and hardcore screams. It’s very different than Third Eye Blind, but I love them both. So when this cover song dropped, I was pleasantly floored that I got to listen to two of the very different musical realms I occupy hold hands for 3 minutes and 48 seconds. The stars don’t often align that perfectly

– Anthony Chiofalo, Copywriter

 

Bad Romance – Halestorm (Originally by Lady Gaga)

Very few artists can match the vocal intensity of Lady Gaga, Halestorm has brought their own unique spin to the song with hard hitting guitars and inviting bass rifts. Lizzy Hale’s unique vocal style lends its self well to this song

– Dave Stufflebeam, Media Production Manager

 

Let It Go – New Found Glory (Originally by Idina Menzel)

One of the quintessential movie songs of 2013, New Found Glory found a way to make the song their own, while still honoring the spirit of the movie. This was a hard choice as they have three wonderful albums of movie related cover songs.

– Chris Collareta, Web Developer

 

Oh’ Pretty Woman by Van Halen (Originally by Roy Orbison)

A great song by Roy Orbison, paired with an amazing guitarist makes for a wonderfully catchy and upbeat version of the song.

– Adam Ash, Northeast Regional Manager

 

Hounds Of Love – The Futureheads (Originally by Kate Bush)

I heard this song years ago and originally thought it was an original until I learned it was originally a Kate Bush song which made me dive into her catalog after hearing this version. While Kate’s song is wonderful on its own, their version manages to still keep the nuances of the original while totally making it their own. It starts of simple and then smacks you in the face with a punch of sound and then just builds with intensity. Although they emulate the drum groove from the original, the addition of a faster tempo, tweak chord progression, and biting, punk-style guitar gives the song a more anxious and excited vibe rather than the mellower, somber vibe that Kate Bush exudes in her classic version.

– Ben Ash, Content Marketing Manager

 

All Along The Watchtower – Jimi Hendrix (Originally by Bob Dylan)

Jimi Hendrix meets Bob Dylan. What more needs to be said. Because Sammy Says.

– Sammy Ash, COO

 

Check out the full playlist below!