The Late Movies: Awesome Cover Songs

Mark Arminio

I'm a sucker for cover songs, especially of the acoustic variety (most likely out of some subconscious desire to be a musician).  Tonight for the Late Movies, I've assembled a few of my favorite covers: everything from Rihanna to George Michael.  Some of these are haunting, some of them are just fun. Enjoy!

Here's a cover of Outkast's "Hey Ya" by Mat Weddle.  It really makes you appreciate how great the original lyrics are.

Gary Jules covers the Tears For Fears classic "Mad World." The song is haunting enough, but the video makes it even more intense.

Death Cab For Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard had a side project called The Postal Service, who recorded the track "Such Great Heights."  However, Gibbard credits Iron + Wine with making this song popular.

Iron + Wine's cover even made it into an M&M's commercial.

One of my favorite covers is The Mountain Goats performing Ace Of Base's "The Sign." The only clip I could find is lead singer John Darnielle rocking the tune alone.

Here's a fun acoustic cover of Rihanna's "Umbrella" by Marie Digby.

And I'll leave you tonight with Ben Folds and Rufus Wainwright covering George Michael's "Careless Whisper." Simply awesome.

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