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Playlist Upgrade

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Music is unique in the sense that it brings people together as a community and sets them apart as individuals. Many people pride themselves on their diverse taste in music when in reality most of us listen to the same song on repeat for two weeks because that’s just how much we love it. Even when we are looking for actual new music that we’ve never heard before, it’s easy to circle back to those tried and true artists that you know you love. That’s where covers come in! Some of the best covers out there are actually even better than the original and introduce you to a new artist or band. Read on for catchy covers that will upgrade your summer playlist.


Heart it Races – Dr. Dog

Originally by Architecture in Helsinki, this tune has good roots. When Dr. Dog came along and decided to cover it, the song went from interesting to enlightened. The new version features a fiery electric guitar that plays off of the bluesy rasp of the lead singer’s voice. The track builds in energy until the final refrain where the entire band is playing as passionately as they can and all you want to do is get off your feet and dance.


Pumped Up Kicks – Late Nite Reading

Late Nite Reading may no longer be a band, but they took Foster the People’s most famous track and made it their own. By adding electric guitar that shreds throughout the song and a wild drum beat, the band was able to create a great rock song. Late Nite Reading was able to quicken the tempo and tighten the lyrics to make their version of the song unique.


Somebody Else – VÉRITÉ

While anything The 1975 does is perfect the way it is, VÉRITÉ does a great job of changing Somebody Else while keeping the emotions the song evokes true to what was intended. With a female lead who has hauntingly beautiful vocals and perfect pitch, their version of the song is a bit more rock influenced than The 1975’s version. By incorporating more instruments to the track and changing the tempo up a bit, VÉRITÉ was able to create a bumping track.


Maggie Morgan is a junior majoring in Professional Writing with a concentration in Creative Writing. Hobbies include: spending all of her money on concert tickets, trying to convince Green Day to let her be their friend, geeking out about music history, dreaming of writing for Rolling Stone. You can follow her on Instagram at @swaggie_.maggie.

Tags: college playlist, heart it races, new playlist, pumped up kicks, somebody else, Spotify, the 1975