Love or hate pop music, we constantly find ourselves exposed to it whether we like it or not. While not every song is from the Punk Goes… series, here are nine cover songs by our favorite punk bands that are just as good as (if not better) than the original.
9. “Everywhere” by Yellowcard (Michelle Branch cover)
Michelle Branch is arguably a singer/songwriter with a few one-hit wonders. From the very first Punk Goes Pop compilation album, Yellowcard covered her most-known song, “Everywhere.” While the difference in sound almost makes it hard to compare the cover to the original, Yellowcard does a fantastic job at turning this early 2000s hit into a good old-school pop punk track.
8. “What Goes Around Comes Around” by Alesana (Justin Timberlake cover)
Everybody knows pop artist Justin Timberlake, but how many people are familiar with emo/metalcore band Alesana? Alesana rarely records any cover songs, so with the perfect balance between screaming and clean vocals, as well as heavier instrumentals, their cover of JT’s “What Goes Around Comes Around” makes one of the most memorable “Punk Goes Pop” covers to date.
7. “True Colors” by All Time Low (Cyndi Lauper cover)
All Time Low has covered a lot of songs throughout their career, but nothing has fit lead singer’s Alex Gaskarth’s vocals better than Cyndi Lauper’s “True Colors.” Not only do the instruments do a great job at establishing a pop punk sound, but the way the vocals are performed couldn’t fit Gaskarth’s voice any better.
6. “Fix You” by Yellowcard (Coldplay cover)
In case you didn’t know, former Yellowcard vocalist and guitarist Ryan Key is actually a huge fan of the British band Coldplay, so of course it makes sense that the band would cover this 2005 hit. Very similar to the original, the vocals and incorporation of Yellowcard’s signature string instrumentals clearly gives off plenty of emotion for the listener to absorb.
5. “Over My Head (Cable Car)” by A Day To Remember (The Fray cover)
While not exactly as good as the original, metalcore band A Day To Remember’s cover of The Fray’s “Over My Head (Cable Car)” exhibits the perfect combination of upbeat vocals and heavy instrumentals. One thing about A Day To Remember is that lead vocalist Jeremy Davis doesn’t sound like a stereotypical vocalist of the “Alternative Press scene”, which makes this cover even more punk and enjoyable.
4. “Toxic” by A Static Lullaby (Britney Spears cover)
A Static Lullaby is definitely a band that hasn’t been talked about in quite awhile; however, their cover of Britney Spears’s hit “Toxic” still remains to be one of my favorite “Punk Goes Pop” covers of all time. With the perfect combination of screaming and clean vocals, this band couldn’t have done a better job at applying metalcore elements, while still maintaining that “pop song catchiness.”
3. “Iris” by New Found Glory (Goo Goo Dolls cover)
Not necessarily considered a pop song, this 90s rock ballad by Goo Goo Dolls remains a classic for nearly every punk music fan. While this cover may not top the original, New Found Glory definitely knows how to transform this traditional wedding track into a pop punk masterpiece.
2. “Apologize” by Silverstein (One Republic cover)
Silverstein may not be a band that every one talks about all of the time, but their cover of One Republic’s “Apologize” is arguably one of the best covers of the Punk Goes Pop series. The metalcore/emo band’s vocalist Shane Told is actually responsible for both clean and unclean vocals, something that is quite rare to come by in metalcore bands today. Because of this, the band’s cover of “Apologize” makes the track consistently great throughout.
1. “Blank Space” by I Prevail (Taylor Swift cover)
I Prevail is a band that has recently established their name in the punk scene, mainly thanks to their cover of Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space” in the Punk Goes Pop Volume 6 album. With the combination and rotation of clean and unclean vocals, the attitude the listener hears makes it as aggressive and sassy as the original song.