The great thing about music is that it’s virtually unlimited. Talented musicians will always have fun creating amazing new works of art. And, take what came before them, update it, add to it, change it around, and make it into something new & remarkable.
These playlists highlight cool cover songs, from various time periods & genres, which recreate famous songs into something all together unique & exciting. Listen to stirring songs, mostly instrumental versions of iconic originals, played by some of today’s funkiest acts.
Get 4 Spotify playlists and 3 dope videos of some of the most soulful, funky creative cover songs you’ve ever heard…
Dig the hilarious video for Breakdown Brass’ cover of Rick James’ “Mary Jane”.
Listen to (& follow the Spotify playlist here) these killer
cover versions of famous songs new & old…
Cool Cover Songs That Will Blow Your Mind & Make You Shake Your Hips
Obscure Jazz Funk guy, Cleveland Eaton, gives us the best “Slipping Into Darkness” cover I’ve ever heard.
Listen to a couple of 2015 hits, made better, especially the “Uptown Funk” cover by sly5thave.
Here are a couple of smoking funky brass band covers for you too… The Hot 8 Brass Band give us one of the best ever renditions of “Papa Was A Rolling Stone.” And, Breakdown Brass gets us high on some brassy funky Rick James bitch!
Breakdown Brass’ “Mary Jane” was my personal favorite cover song of 2015.
Cover Songs Sound Best Live
Read this Live For Live Music article with fantastic videos of some of the best touring bands on the scene today giving an authentic nod of appreciation to other artists’ musicianship. There are 15 excellent live cover songs on their list, with great live versions of each one at that link.
This Thievery Corporation version of The Grateful Dead’s
“Fire On The Mountain” is my favorite from their list…
Long funky, jazzy, soulful jams your thing?
Dig into this Long Jams 6 Pack of Cool Covers.
These cats will leave you in a cold sweat…
The Superfly Medley from Pucho & His Latin Soul Brothers has got to be one of the baddest cover versions of all time. How can you go wrong with 15+ minutes of hard funk/Latin Jazz flavor remaking the Curtis Mayfield classic?!
Staying on the Latin Jazz tip, Mongo Santamaria covers the James Brown classic, “Coldsweat”, with powerful percussion & bold brass.
Lou Donaldson is just so cool! Doing his own thing, making the 70s soul classic, “It’s Your Thing” into his own funky Jazz thang.
Dr. Lonnie Smith gets mean on the Hammond B3, extending & jazzing up, and keeping super funky, the Sly Stone classic — “I Want To Thank You.”
Herbie Mann was a bad man! He made some albums down at Muscle Shoals & in Memphis. Mixing his NYC funky Jazz flute with the raw soul sound of the Southern session players, this version of Aretha Franklin’s “Chain of Fools”, creates strong, fresh music that sounds like neither Memphis Soul nor New York Jazz.
Then, we close out this second Spotify playlist with a soulful jam on which Jerry Garcia & Merl Saunders get a little psychedelic funky covering The Temptations, “I Second That Emotion.”
Listen to some more creative Cool Covers…
You’ll listen as the Brownout becomes Brown Sabbath and injects a little Latin funk into a heavy metal classic.
I bet you never imagined Metallica could sound this funky! Watch the fun video for “Enter Sandman” by Cookin’ On 3 Burners from their 2017 album, Lab Experiments Vol. 1: Mixin’. It’s got some of the best instrumental Funk songs of 2017 on it…
Dr. Lonnie Smith covers Beck, which is from one of my favorite albums of all cover songs…Boogaloo To Beck.
The Hot 8 Brass Band, from New Orleans, gives us some more — as they do their famous funky brass band Sexual Healing cover.
And, there are lots more…Enjoy!
Even better than the real thing?
Dig even more Creative Cover Songs…
It’s a jazzy beginning with Bobby Hutcherson’s sublime, vibey version of Sly Stone’s “Family Affair.”
Followed by Mongo Santamaria’s Latin-Funk version of “Lady Marmalade.”
Medeski, Martin, Scofield & Wood get down on The Doors’ “Light My Fire,” covered hundreds of times, and I think this one’s my favorite.
Usually it’s newer bands covering artists from the 60s. This time Booker T gives Gnarls Barkley the funky organ treatment.
Jamaica’s best voice nowadays, Courtney John, gets soulful, perfectly turning The Chi-Lites’ “Have You Seen Her” into a modern Reggae Soul classic.
Lettuce makes a masterful version of “Move On Up” by Curtis Mayfield, with Dwele giving it some real beautiful, soulful vocals.
The Delegators do the same for Martha Reeves & The Vandellas classic, “Nowhere To Run.”
Prince Fatty loves to Reggae-fy Hip-Hop favorites on his albums. This time Horseman rolls down the street with Snoop smokin’ collie weed, drinkin’ gin & juice.
L.A. band, The Lions, update The Clash’s “Magnificent Dance.”
You’ll hear an Afrobeat James Brown, and some mad funky “Soul Power” from the super bad Kokolo & this dope Lack Of Afro remix.
Follow that with a super high-energy “I Wish,” and you’ll need the mellow Cumbia interlude of Quantic & The Combo Barbaro very creatively covering Portishead.
“New Bell” is a creative cover of Manu Dibango’s African Funk classic that comes from Night Visions, the excellent 2017 album from Chico Mann & Captain Planet. The duo capture the essence of the original, and add a deep dance floor beat that propels the irresistible horn lines, and underscores cool electronic elements.
Snoop Dogg comes back again, but this time down in Brazil with The Magic Drum Orchestra. Then we head back up to Brooklyn with a funky brass band cover of Dr. Dre by Breakdown Brass.
Be sure to check out the excellent cover of “Tequila” by Allen Toussaint (it’s not available in Spotify). I originally made this playlist right before he died, so here is a little tribute to one of the best piano players ever…
I’ve got you covered…