Sep 032021

‘The Best Covers Ever’ series counts down our favorite covers of great artists.

lady gaga covers

There was a time in this blog’s lifespan where a shocking percentage of the covers landing in our inbox and RSS feeds were of Lady Gaga songs. It only lasted a couple years, but for a minute there Gaga was doing Beatles numbers. Hell, even relatively minor singles like “Marry the Night” would dominate the covers world for weeks after people heard them.

As Gaga’s entered the Vegas-residency stage of her career, her new songs don’t get covered as often. But even still, there seems to be a respect from other musicians not afforded all her pop-star peers. A Katy Perry chart flop will get ignored. A Gaga chart flop will still likely land a few interesting covers.

Though the songs were never as weird as the outfits were, there was always some unexpected twist for other musicians to play with, from the rolled r’s of “Bad Romance” to the goofy theatricality of “Alejandro” to the best stuttering since “My Generation” (“pa-pa-pa-pokerface,” “stop telephoning me-eh-eh-eh-eh-eh”). Plus, even after a few years in the wilderness, everyone knew any minute she could return with a “Shallow.”

In our list of 30 covers below, all those big hits show up plenty. But even the more recent songs and album cuts make appearances. Lady Gaga’s songs are sturdy enough to remain infectious whether they’re performed as gothic metal or throwback rockabilly. See for yourself below.

The list begins on Page 2.

Jan 302012

It’s hard to believe that Rihanna’s most recent album, Talk That Talk, is her sixth studio album. The seemingly unstoppable pop star has not only produced hit after hit, but has also inspired a slew of pretty fantastic covers. Her newest single, “You Da One,” has inspired several covers, including two by Tim Halperin and Andi.

For those of you unfamiliar with American Idol, Halperin made it to the semifinals of season 10. His cover of Rihanna is something you would expect of an American Idol contestant – a smooth and soothing acoustic rendition. Iceland’s Andi – who we’ve seen cover pop diva songs in the past – takes the pop hit and warps it into an ethereal and sexy jam. She brings her standard nu jazz feel that we’ve heard in the past and does so with perfection.

Check out the two covers below.

Tim Halperin – You Da One (Rihanna cover)

: Andi – You Da One (Rihanna cover)
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Check out more covers by Andi on her Youtube channel and read about Halperin on his website.

Jan 092012

After tackling Lady Gaga’s “Edge of Glory” and Britney Spears’ “I Wanna Go,” New York-based musician Andi – a.k.a. Andrea Kristinsdottir – has struck again. In her usual fashion, she’s completely transformed a well-known pop hit into a calming, electronic nu-jazz track. This time around, she’s served up a spacey cover of British singer Cheryl Cole’s “Parachute.” Continue reading »

Sep 092011

If you’re a frequent reader of Cover Me, you may recall a piece we posted a couple months back featuring five covers of Lady Gaga’s “Edge of Glory,” proving that our cover-finding chops are better than Mother Monster’s (as they should be). This post happens to contain our first mention of Andi (a.k.a Andrea Kristinsdottir), a globe-hopping singer/songwriter who’s currently based in New York. The nu-jazz musician is at it again with a cover of Britney Spears’ “I Wanna Go,” and (unsurprisingly) it’s just as unique as her first one. Continue reading »