Photo by Claudia Strazza

   It took me making this playlist to realize that a cover version of a song encompassed more than what is just featured here. According to Merriam-Webster’s dictionary, a cover can be defined as “a recording or performance of a song previously recorded by another performance.” I wouldn’t have even begun to think that all karaoke is essentially a performance of entirely someone else’s original song. That being said, your karaoke covers will sadly not be featured on this playlist. 

It also took me a good while to realize that some of my favorite songs on here were even cover versions in the first place. I think that’s what distinguishes the amateur karaoke singing in the bar from the those who truly have the gift of music: being able to put your own flair that makes it indistinguishable or just plain different from the original.

Take the first track off the playlist, John Mayer’s cover of Radiohead’s “Kid A.” While the original version is a fusion of electronic and techno beats, Mayer excellently juxtaposes his guitar skills with the (now-able-to-be-heard) lyrics. And what you get is an unrecognizable cover version. Here’s the Radiohead version for your pleasure.

Yes, I KNOW YOU’RE INTRIGUED ALREADY. I caught you into my trap! Now, for the love of all that are superb acoustic songs, listen to this song and the rest here.

P.S. I also think it’d be helpful (and just generally interesting for that matter) to listen to the originals of the songs once you’ve finished the playlist. I would have put them in, but I tend to spend much time giving my playlist a natural flow so as to please the my listeners.

This playlist and accompanying piece was created by Alicia Hai, Music Blogger at Rhetoric Magazine. Come back for more every week!