If you haven’t heard a Postmodern Jukebox cover, they’re certainly worth checking out. Scott Bradlee, the group’s leader, writes and arranges popular music into a specific genre (for example, they released Ananconda by Nicki Minaj as a 1960’s Bluegrass tune). To give you a taste of what they’re all about, here’s my list of their top 10 covers.
10. Tove Lo – Habits (Billie Holiday)
Haley Reinhart’s voice is just so incredibly beautiful. I could listen to it for hours.
9. Calvin Harris – Summer (Latin)
The original makes you want to dance, and this does as well.
The lead singer transitioning to Spanish is a nice touch.
8. Nick Jonas – Jealous (Diana Ross & The Supremes Style)
Jealous is the gift that keeps on giving; there can never be enough covers.
7. Fountains of Wayne – Stacy’s Mom (1930s Hot Jazz)
An upright bassist as the lead singer, that’s not something you see every day. Casey Abrams continues to amaze since his American Idol days.
6. Miley Cyrus – We Can’t Stop (Doo-Wop)
This is the band’s most popular video for a reason. A great remake of the Miley Cyrus classic.
5. Taylor Swift – Style (1959 Grease Style)
This genre never goes out of style, literally.
4. Beyonce & Jay-Z – Drunk In Love (Big Band)
I like it better than the original. There I said it.
3. Radiohead – Creep (1950s Power Ballad)
The ex-American idol contestant Haley Reinhart kills the vocals on this classic.
2. Pitbull ft. Ke$ha – Timber (1950s Doo-Wop)
This is the cover I first heard from the band last year. The piano in this song is insane.
- Taylor Swift – Shake It Off (Motown)
While all the other covers are great, this one is in a league of its own. Amazing that Von Smith was on American Idol and wasn’t a finalist.