Boyfriend is off of Bieber’s 2012 album Believe, and you better believe I crack up every time I hear the lyrics. That’s because the original lends itself well to being covered as a heavier song. For the cover, they opted for a much faster tempo. Cute little synth-pop beats somehow perfectly accent the aggressive screaming and vocals of Slipknot’s masked frontman, Corey Taylor. A flash of brilliance that resulted in one of the most bizarre, but fantastic mashups I’ve ever heard. Four Year Strong got a lot of younger teenagers, including myself, to start listening to heavy music. Sure, they’re both nouns, but other than that they are completely different. Psychosocial Baby – Slipknot + Justin Bieber
Calling this a cover is playing it a little fast and loose with the definition. Since it was recorded with real drums and guitar (that’s right, real instruments in a pop song), it’s easy to replicate for a 5-piece rock band. The original Apologize is by One Republic from the 2006 album Dreaming Out Loud. The synths, poppy kick and clap beat, and the soft piano of One Republic are all replaced by a screaming power of a five-piece rock band when the chorus of the cover kicks in. It’s a way for artists to pay homage to some of their inspirations while still getting a chance to express their own style. It’s more like a stroke of genius. The surfy, reggae rhythm of the original is replaced with a more straightforward rock and roll beat, with heavy snare and open hi-hat. They’re not offensively loud and hardly ever scream, so it’s an easy transition to go from ‘normal’ rock to this kind of music. If there’s one indication that you may not have ‘swag’, it’s probably saying the word ‘swag’ three times in a row. Everyone loves a good cover. While A Day to Remember may have made the song popular to a wider audience, Kelly Clarkson gets the credit for making a killer original. It’s bizarre, it shouldn’t work, but ultimately it does and once you start, you can’t stop listening. Thank god, because the original is painfully slow and drags on and on. This cover is off of their 2007 album, For Those Who Have Heart, and unlike a lot of bands who do a cover, they made a music video for it. Apparently, it’s a heinous crime among fan circles to play any cover of a Bieber song, especially one by a band who has the tenacity to scream! It was released as a cover on pop-punk band Four Year Strong’s 2009 album, Explains It All, which is an album that is exclusively covers of popular songs from the 90’s. But sometimes, things that you wouldn’t think would go together do. Hearing those silly, sappy, dull lyrics like “chilling by the fire while we eat fondue” screamed out over low tuned guitar chugging and thundering drums is a treat. Both versions of this song, apart from the drastic change in genre, are incredibly similar. ISSUES took no time in getting to a cover, as they released theirs in the same year on the Pop Goes Punk Volume 5 album. Here’s a list of 5 heavy covers of famous songs. Every single time. But with each song giving off such different vibes, you’ll have a soundtrack for whichever kind of breakup you may encounter. Apologize – Silverstein
No not the Timbaland version, that heartbreaker. Engage distortion and double kick drum. The song just sounds a lot better upbeat, and when the focus isn’t on making Gwen Stefani stick out, the instrumentation is really catchy. Honestly, the guitar pinches in the cover sound better and make a lot more sense in a punk song than a pop song. But that’s why this cover is so great. Comparing Slipknot and Justin Bieber is like trying to compare a Boeing AH-64 Apache Assault Helicopter to a cantaloupe.
Boyfriend – ISSUES
This song proves that no matter if you sing, rap or scream lyrics of Justin Bieber songs, they’ll just never sound manly. Unlike the last song, the cover and original are vastly different here. Let’s call it a forced, collaborative cover. A Day to Remember is a rock band from Ocala Florida whose music, especially the older stuff, is a unique blend of metalcore and pop-punk. One Republic is a pop-rock/R&B band and this song is by Silverstein from the 2009 album Pop Goes Punk Volume Two. In this case, the instrumental from Justin Bieber’s 2010 song, Baby and the vocals from Slipknot’s 2008 banger, Psychosocial, meld together in the most harmonious way. Don’t worry, this song only has a few, but it really is a stark contrast from the original.
Since U Been Gone – A Day to Remember
This cover, is of Kelly Clarkson’s song Since U Been Gone, from the 2004 album Breakaway. Seriously, if you have friends who like Bieber and you want to annoy them, play them this song. The original sounds like a remorseful look back on a relationship, but the cover infuses it with that realistic end-of-relationship feeling of wanting to scream your lungs out. A Day to Remember just had to add some distortion, double kick drum, crunchy bass, a sprinkle of screaming and they were set up to succeed. They are considered one of the classic screamo bands from the early 2000’s. Spiderwebs – Four Year Strong
This is a cover of the 1995 release of “Spiderwebs” by No Doubt (fronted by Gwen Stefani), from the album Tragic Kingdom.
5 heavy covers of famous songs that were not originally heavy