10 Cover Songs That Turn Classic Tracks into Workout Anthems
Feel the burn as Franz Ferdinand, Katy Perry, and CHVRCHES turn up the heat on familiar hits for a workout playlist you'll wish didn't end
While there's no shortage of cover songs around these days, many-if not most-are subdued, acoustic versions. Lovely as they are, these tunes are more likely to cause stirring in your soul than in your soles. To that end, this playlist highlights 10 remakes that provide fresh takes and a little momentum.
Good covers offer two distinct advantages: They breathe new life into tunes you once loved and provide a different listening experience for ones you might not have liked. In the mix below, you'll find a version of Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off" that sounds like it's from the The Roaring Twenties, the six song mash-up that closes out Pitch Perfect 2, and CHVRCHES' bracing take on a Whitney Houston hit. Adding a few more layers, Anberlin tackle The Cure's timeless "Love Song," while the latter act's Robert Smith provides vocals on a cover from Crystal Castles.
On the whole, you've got pop stars singing rock songs, men singing songs once performed by women, and rustic acts reinventing '80s tracks. New sounds and quick rhythms aside, the mix of familiar and fresh elements here is what makes these songs perfect for working out. No matter what kind of music you like, there's something here that will fit perfectly into your playlist. So, preview a few and see what moves you-literally. Here's the full list...