I don’t know about you, but there’s something about cover songs that get me excited. I especially like to hear covers performed live, because it offers a unique and humanistic touch, to what is often a copy and pasted performance from night to night while a band is on tour. Sometimes the only songs that change on a band’s setlist are, in fact, the covers. There’s no doubt that every band and musician is unique, but covers offer those differences to become tangible. It becomes much clearer just how different one band is versus another after they put their own spin on someone else’s work.
Twenty One Pilots recently released a cover of My Chemical Romance’s “Cancer”, that will appear on the tribute album Rock Sound Presents: The Black Parade. Anything Twenty One Pilots does right now turns to gold, and the release of this song is no different. In fact, it debuted at #5 on the Billboard + Twitter Top Charts last week, and is clearly more popular than the original My Chemical Romance version, for which the duo is paying homage to.
Seeing the reaction to this song got me thinking… What other awesome songs has Twenty One Pilots covered? I’ve done a little research, and dug up several of these songs for your viewing pleasure. Hope you enjoy!
“Can’t Help Falling in Love” (Elvis Presley cover):
“Jar of Hearts” (Christina Perri cover):
“Get Lucky”/ “Safe and Sound” (Daft Punk and Capital Cities cover):
“No Woman No Cry” (Bob Marley cover):
“Time to Say Goodbye” (Andrea Bocelli cover):
“I’m yours”/ “Wonderwall” (Jason Mraz and Oasis cover):
“Shout” (The Isley Brothers cover):
“Summertime Sadness” (Lana Del Ray cover):
“Mad World” (Tears for Fears cover):
Mashup of “No One” (Alicia Keys), “Under the Mistletoe” (Justin Bieber), “Don’t Matter” (Akon), “Someone Like You” (Adele), and “Remix to Ignition” (R. Kelly):
As you may know, twenty one pilots is a favorite of ours here at 97x, and they love to come visit every time they are in town. This 97X Green Room video, from our Circle K Theatre, isn’t a cover, but I think you’ll enjoy it nonetheless: