Indie Cover Songs

Outkast’s Hey Ya is one of the most beloved songs of our generation. It would be near-impossible to make a cover that’s as memorable as the original, but evidently The Guard’s very own DENM was up for the challenge.
Holy freeeeeak! Talk about a blast from the past (I guess this is where my age really shows). Alternative indie band take on a 90s cult favorite track, Born Slippy. Originally released by British band Underworld as a B-side, the song gained popularity with the not so very well known movie “Trainspotting”...twenty-two years later and we now have this....
If you haven’t listened to Chance The Rapper’s latest mixtape, Coloring Book, you’re really missing out. The best thing to come from it just may be this cover of Same Drugs by New York quintet MisterWives. The indie pop cover has everyone raving, including the man who wrote the original.
Most of us will always have a soft spot for those classic guilty-pleasure songs. So when I heard that the super cool electropop singer-songwriter Betty Who covered Donna Lewis’ hit song, I Love You Always Forever, I couldn’t wait to listen! Betty Who was the perfect contender to cover this nostalgic classic.
Understandably hyped-up new singer-songwriter Bibi Bourelli caught our attention last year when she was discovered to be the mastermind behind Princess RiRi's fiery single, Bitch Better Have My Money. This time it’s a family affair as she’s teamed up with her Uncle Carl on keys and her dad on guitar, as they cover the classic Leonard Cohen song, Hallelujah.
Norwegian singer AURORA’s spacey, minimalistic cover of Life On Mars is absolutely spellbinding. Recorded for the third installation for the aforementioned Girls soundtrack, AURORA utilizes only a choppy keyboard and her enchanting vocals.
Toronto-based quartet Weaves was approached by now defunct streaming service Rdio to cover Drag Me Down by One DirectIon. They render this pop ballad nearly unrecognizable, coating it in layers of grime and stank.
Kill J has made a habit out of turning pop songs nasty, so her self-described dystopian take on Aqua’s Barbie Girl shouldn’t come as a big surprise. That the cover is awesome shouldn’t surprise anyone either.
The Tears For Fears hit, Mad World, may be due for another revival, thanks to an ingenious electropop cover by Manchester duo Aesthetics Sounds. The pair of Bipolar Sunshine and Murkage add a heavy dose of ambience to this seminal classic, remaking it in their grey image.