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18 Covers Of Pop Songs That Breathe New Life Into The Originals

Because it never hurts to mix things up a little.

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1. "Use Somebody," Scala & Kolacny Brothers

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This soft, sweet piano and choral arrangement makes Kings of Leon's rock anthem sound like something straight out of Downton Abbey.

2. “Baby One More Time," Bowling for Soup

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Britney Spears' bubblegum debut gets a brand new attitude in this darker, punky remake.

3. “Hot in Herre," Jenny Owen Youngs

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The folk singer shows her fun side by taking on Nelly's sexy-fied hip-hop romp.

4. “I Knew You Were Trouble," Walk off the Earth

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These quirky Canadians love putting their unique spin on pop songs. Here they take on Taylor Swift with a damn fun a cappella arrangement.

5. “I Will Survive," Cake

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The disco anthem made famous by Gloria Gaynor has been covered countless times, but Cake's angsty version… takes the cake (ha!).

6. “Girls Just Want to Have Fun," Corey Monteith

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The late Glee star broke all kinds of barriers by singing this stripped-down version of Cyndi Lauper's '80s hit to encourage a character on the show to accept her sexuality.

7. “The Scientist," Aimee Mann

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Aimee Mann manages to make Coldplay's heart wrenching ballad even more intense in this live cover.

8. “Silly Love Songs," Darren Kriss & The Warblers

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Glee hit a high note when it introduced the Dalton Academy Warblers in season two. The all-male a cappella group's interpretations of modern classics, like this version of Paul Mcartney & Wings' hit, offered something fresh and different for viewers.

9. “How You Remind Me," Avril Lavigne

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Whatever your feelings are about Avril Lavigne and Nickelback, you can't deny that this version of the band's debut hit is certainly different.

10. “Holiday Road," Matt Pond PA

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The theme song for the National Lampoon's Vacation movies by Lindsey Buckingham still holds up today. This quieter version by Matt Pond PA comes off the band's Christmas album.

11. “Of the Night," Bastille

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Corona's "Rhythm of the Night" was arguably one of the defining songs of the '90s, and Bastille's darker version is still catchy as hell. Bonus: there's even a brief callback to "Rhythm is a Dancer" by Snap!

12. “Can’t Get You Out of My Head," The Flaming Lips

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It's The Flaming Lips. Singing a Kylie Minogue song. Need I say more?

13. “Wishin’ and Hopin’," Ani DiFranco

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Ani DiFranco took a break from her usually politically driven folk songs to record this hit made famous by Dusty Springfield in 1964. DiFranco's version was used in the opening credits of My Best Friend's Wedding.

14. “Fix You," Straight No Chaser

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The all-male a cappella group have a penchant for making fantastic vocal arrangements of pop songs (as well as some original stuff), and this Coldplay cover is proof. So many feels.

15. “Little Boxes," Walk off the Earth

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Malvina Reynolds' satirical folk song got a new lease on life when it was used as the opening theme for the first few seasons of Weeds. While the show used numerous covers, this one is the best.

16. “Hey, Soul Sister," Darren Kriss & The Warblers

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This a cappella version manages to capture all the crazy, mind-numbing joy of Train's original.

17. “Space Oddity," Natalie Merchant

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Natalie seems to be channeling a little bit of David Bowie for this live cover.

18. “Rock Lobster," Seth MacFarlane (as Peter Griffin)

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OK, so it's not a full cover, but I bet the B-52's would be proud.

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