A few days ago, everybody’s favorite Babymetal Wales tour organizer tweeted:
Top 5 idol covers of Toto's "Africa" I'd like to hear:
2. 14th Generation Hanako of the Toilet
3. Especia (deceased)
5. Beat Mints Boyz
— Christian Winsall (@toxicbreakfast) April 17, 2018
What an interesting thing! I have no disagreement with any of that. It did get me thinking, though, because every time I consider what I’d want my entirely hypothetical idol project to do, it includes a lot of covers to both show respect for the group’s influences and to put a new, unique spin on some classics (and definitely not in any way to pad out albums or have quick-turnaround releases, you jerks!).
Also, it’s been longer than I’d anticipated since the last Ranked post, so I thought this might make for some fun over the weekend, too. As usual, this is just a ranking, not the all-time ranking, merely a collection of songs that would make for cool idol covers that are ranked relatively to one another.
- “Gimme Shelter”
- “Behind Blue Eyes”
- “Down in a Hole”
- “Proud Mary”
- “Everything’s Ruined”
- “Freedom! ’90”
- “Baba O’Reily”
- “18 and Life”
- “I Want You Back”
- “Love Is a Battlefield”
- “This Fire Burns”
What about you? What are some awesome songs that you’d love to hear done as a cover, by idols?
It’s not so much that “Despacito” is a bad song, it’s that it’s an impossibly derivative song that’s been done to death; I fear for the youth of the world