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31 Cover Songs That Didn't Pull A "No Homo" By Changing The Pronouns

Move over, Rick Springfield, the ladies want a shot at "Jessie's Girl".

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Lyrics that reflect our lives are hard to come by — let us have this one thing.

Let's give it up for the musicians who, intentionally or not, give us the magical queer covers we crave:


1. Colbie Caillat covering "Rude" by Magic!:

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"Can I have your daughter for the rest of my life? Say yes, say yes

'Cause I need to know

You say I'll never get your blessing till the day I die

Tough luck my friend but the answer is no!"

Listen to the original, plus this Kina Grannis cover is also worth a listen.

2. Calum Scott covering "Dancing On My Own" by Robyn:

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"Somebody said you got a new friend

Does she love you better than I can?

There's a big black sky over my town

I know where you at, I bet she's around

Yeah, I know it's stupid

I just gotta see it for myself

I'm in the corner

Watching you kiss her

Oh oh oh

I'm right over here

Why can't you see me?"

Dance along with the original.

3. Gabrielle Aplin covering "Best Song Ever" by One Direction:

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"Maybe it's the way she walked

Straight into my heart and stole it

Through the doors and past the guards

Just like she already owned it

I said, 'Can you give it back to me?'

She said, 'Never in your wildest dreams'"

Dance all night to the original as well.

4. Brandi Carlile covering "Work Song" by Hozier:

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"There's nothing sweeter than my baby

I'd never want once from the cherry tree

Cause my baby's sweet as can be

She'd give me toothaches just from kissin' me"

Listen to the original.


5. Mary Lambert covering "Jessie's Girl" by Rick Springfield:

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"Jessie is a friend,

Yeah, I know he's been a good friend of mine

But lately something's changed

It ain't hard to define

Jessie's got himself a girl and I want to make her mine"

Here's the original.

6. Lyle Lovett covering "Stand By Your Man" by Tammy Wynette:

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"Sometimes it's hard to be a woman

Giving all your love to just one man

You'll have bad times, and he'll have good times

Doin' things that you don't understand

But if you love him, you'll forgive him

Even though he's hard to understand

And if you love him, oh be proud of him

'Cause after all he's just a man."

Get country with the original.

7. Melissa Etheridge covering "Maggie May" by Rod Stewart:

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"Wake up Maggie I think I got something to say to you

It's late September and I really should be back at school

I know I keep you amused but I feel I'm being used

Oh Maggie I couldn't have tried any more

You lured me away from home just to save you from being alone

You stole my heart and that's what really hurt"

Listen to the original.

8. The White Stripes covering "Jolene" by Dolly Parton:

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"Jolene, Jolene, Jolene, Jolene

I'm begging of you please don't take my man

Jolene, Jolene, Jolene, Jolene

Please don't take him just because you can"

Listen to the original.


9. Kina Grannis covering "Sweater Weather" by The Neighbourhood:

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"All I am is a man

I want the world in my hands

I hate the beach

But I stand

In California with my toes in the sand

Use the sleeves of my sweater

Let's have an adventure

Head in the clouds but my gravity's centered

Touch my neck and I'll touch yours

You in those little high-waisted shorts, oh"

Listen to the original.

10. Joan Jett covering "Crimson And Clover" by Tommy James & The Shondells:

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"Now I don't hardly know her

But I think I could love her

Crimson and clover

Ah I wish she'd come walking over

Now I've been waiting to show her

Crimson and clover

Over and over"

Jam out to the original.

11. Kaki King covering "Love Stoned / I Think She Knows" by Justin Timberlake:

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"She grabs the yellow bottle

She likes the way it hits her lips

She gets to the bottom

It sends her on a trip so right

She might be going home with me tonight

She looks like a model

Except she's got a little more ass

Don't even bother

Unless you've got that thing she likes

I hope she's going home with me tonight"

Listen to the original.

12. Arden Cho covering Passenger's "Let Her Go":

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"Well you see her when you fall asleep

But never to touch and never to keep

'Cause you loved her too much

And you dived too deep

Well you only need the light when it's burning low

Only miss the sun when it starts to snow

Only know you love her when you let her go"

Cry your little heart out to the original.


13. Jenny Owen Youngs covering "Hot In Herre" by Nelly:

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"I was like, good gracious ass bodacious

Flirtatious, tryin to show faces

Lookin for the right time to shoot my steam (you know)

Lookin for the right time to flash them keys

Then um I'm leavin, please believe in

Me and the rest of my heathens

Check it, got it locked at the top of the Four Seasons

Penthouse, roof top, birds I feedin

No deceivin, nothin up my sleeve, no teasin

I need you to get up up on the dance floor

Give that man what he askin for

Cuz I feel like bustin loose and I feel like touchin you

And can't nobody stop the juice so baby tell me whats the use"

Listen to the original.

14. Amy Winehouse covering (and totally owning) "Valerie" by The Zutons:

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"Since I've come on home,

Well my body's been a mess

And I've missed your ginger hair

And the way you like to dress

Won't you come on over

Stop making a fool out of me

Why don't you come on over, Valerie?"

Listen to the original, which you've probably never even heard before.

15. Maxwell covering "This Woman's Work" by Kate Bush:

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"Pray God you can cope

I'll stand outside

This woman's work

This woman's world

Oh it's hard on the man

Now his part is over

Now starts the craft of the Father"

Listen to the original.

16. Kathleen Nguyen covering "Night Changes" by One Direction:

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"Going out tonight

Changes into something red

Her mother doesn't like that kind of dress

Everything she never had she's showing off

Driving too fast

Moon is breaking through her hair

She said it was something that she won't forget

Having no regrets is all that she really wants"

Listen to the original.


17. YouTuber franbirkby covering "Teenage Dirtbag" by Wheatus:

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"Her name is Noel

I have a dream about her

She rings my bell

I got gym class in half an hour

Oh, how she rocks

In Keds and tube socks

But she doesn't know who I am

And she doesn't give a damn about me"

Listen to the original and you should probably listen to Mary Lambert's cover as well.

18. Lorde covering "Don't Tell 'Em" by Jeremih:

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"Rhythm is a dancer, I need a companion

Girl, I guess that must be you

Body like the summer, fucking like no other

Don't you tell 'em what we do"

Listen to the original.

19. Christopher & Theis covering "Call Your Girlfriend" by Robyn:

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"Call your girlfriend

It's time you had the talk

Give your reasons

Say it's not her fault

But you just met somebody new"

Call your girlfriend, and then listen to the original.

20. Janet Jackson covering "Tonight's The Night" by Rod Stewart:

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"Kick off your shoes and sit right down

Loosen off that pretty French gown

Let me pour you a good long drink

Ooh baby don't you hesitate 'cause

Tonights the night

It's gonna be alright

'Cause I love you girl

Ain't nobody gonna stop us now"

Here's the original.


21. T.V. Carpio covering "Hold Your Hand" by The Beatles in Across The Universe:

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"Oh please, say to me

You'll let me be your man

And please, say to me

You'll let me hold your hand"

Get all the feelings and then listen to the original.

22. Ellie Goulding covering "Take Me To Church" by Hozier:

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"My lover's got humour

She's the giggle at a funeral

Knows everybody's disapproval

I should've worshipped her sooner

If the heavens ever did speak

She's the last true mouthpiece

Every Sunday's getting more bleak

A fresh poison each week"

Here's the original and here's another lovely one for you.

23. Sixpence None The Richer covering "There She Goes" by The La's:

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"There she goes

There she goes again

Racing through my brain

And I just can't contain

This feeling that remains"

Listen to the original.

24. Anya Marina covering "Whatever You Like" by T.I.:

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"Shawty you the hottest. Love the way you drop it.

Brain so good could've sworn you went to college.

100k deposit. Vacations in the tropics

And everybody know it ain't tricking if you got it

You ain't never ever gotta go in your wallet.

Long as I got rubber band banks in my pocket.

Five six rides with rims and a body kit.

You ain't gotta downgrade you can get what I get

My chick can have what she want.

And go in any store for any bag she wants.

I know you ain't never had a man like that.

To buy you anything your heart desire like that."

Listen to the original.


25. Suzi Quatro covering Elvis Presley's "All Shook Up":

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"Well, please don't ask me what'sa on my mind

I'm a little mixed up, but I'm feelin' fine

When I'm near that girl that I love best

My heart beats so it scares me to death!

Well she touched my hand what a chill I got

Her lips are like a volcano when it's hot

I'm proud to say that she's my buttercup

I'm in love

I'm all shook up"

Here's the original.

26. Kate Nash covering "I'm Not Going To Teach Your Boyfriend How To Dance" by Black Kids:

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"You are the girl that I've been dreaming of

Ever since I was a little girl

You are the girl that I've been dreaming of

Ever since I was a little girl


Word's on the streets and it's on the news:

I'm not gonna teach him how to dance with you"

Listen to the original.

27. Save Ferris covering "Come On Eileen" by Dexy's Midnight Runners:

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"Come on Eileen

Oh, I swear what he means (what he means)

At this moment you mean everything

You in that dress

My thoughts I confess

Verge on dirty

Oh, come on Eileen"

Dance along to the original.

28. Siouxsie And The Banshees covering "Dear Prudence" by The Beatles

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"Dear Prudence, won't you come out to play?

Dear Prudence, greet the brand new day

The sun is up, the sky is blue

It's beautiful and so are you

Dear Prudence, won't you come out to play?"

Listen to the original.


29. The Flaming Lips covering "Can't Get You Out Of My Head" by Kylie Minogue:

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"I just can't get you out of my head

Boy your loving is all I think about

I just can't get you out of my head

Boy it's more than I dare to think about"

And here is the original.

30. K.D. Lang covering "Hallelujah" by Leonard Cohen:

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"Well your faith was strong but you needed proof

You saw her bathing on the roof

Her beauty and the moonlight overthrew ya

She tied you to her kitchen chair

And she broke your throne and she cut your hair

And from your lips she drew the Hallelujah"

Listen to the original.

31. Florence and The Machine covering "Stay With Me" by Sam Smith:

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"Guess it's true, I'm not good at a one-night stand

But I still need love 'cause I'm just a man

These nights never seem to go to plan

I don't want you to leave, will you hold my hand?"

Try not to cry along with original.

CORRECTION: Leonard Cohen wrote "Hallelujah". A previous version of this post stated Jeff Buckley instead — his cover is lovely as well.