The phrase “cover music video” is something of a misnomer. The fact that these songs were originally performed by other artists has, in all cases but one, nothing to do with the video. We might more accurately call this list “Best Music Videos for Songs That Just So Happen to Be Covers.” Still, the cover angle gives us a chance to look at some brilliant music videos that mostly flew somewhat under the radar.
Back in June, we heard Brazilian septet Baleia cover Justin Timberlake’s “What Goes Around.” We mentioned that it marked the first in a new series called Cover Flow that our inability to speak Portuguese prevented us from knowing more about. Well, thanks to some intrepid commenters, we now know Cover Flow is a regular covers-themed party in Rio de Janeiro. Though sadly we can’t make it down to Brazil to attend the festivities, we can all enjoy the covers they film to promote it.