Fun. does Bruce Springsteen’s “Dancing in the Dark”
Few artists represent the American common man like Brucey boy. His relatable tales of love, angst and growing up have served as the soundtrack for people for over four decades. For today’s fast-living generation, NYC-based trio Fun. sums up their experiences with stirring anthems like “Some Nights.” Frontman Nate Ruess could reinterpret the lyrics with his emotionally charged vocal chops as his cohorts put a modern minimalist spin on the ‘80s heavy composition.
1. Ten Classic Songs New Artists Should Remake
Whether about a night of hooliganism or being up in da club, an anthem can transcend age, culture and geographic barriers. While genre labels make it easier to categorize music you simply can’t pinpoint why a song resonates with people on a deep emotional level. Suburban-ites who get down at karaoke night to Tupac’s “California Love” can’t necessarily identify with being a West Coast baller but that doesn’t take away from their attraction to the song’s infectious chorus and funky beat. Now just imagine Kendrick Lamar reinventing it--generations collide. It’s a combination of many ingredients that all come together to make a classic anthem. With that in mind we have decided to get all back-to-the-future by pairing up some of today’s finest hit-makers with classic anthems that deserve to be rediscovered and reimagined. We bring to you Ten Classic Songs New Artists Should Remake.
2. The Roots do DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince “Summertime”
Summer is a season tailored made for anthems. In 1991 future movie superstar Will Smith and his underappreciated partner laced many a BBQ with this timeless hit. With their unparalleled musicianship fellow Philadelphia natives The Roots are the perfect candidates to bring out the cruisy vibes of the Kool & The Gang-sampling beat, while Black Thought could exude effortless cool on the mic.
3. Pharrell Williams Does Stevie Wonder’s “My Cherie Amour”
The music of Stevie Wonder stirs up many emotions and continues to be beloved the world over. Much like his one-man-band forefather, who has written, produced and performed his own material from a young age, Pharrell Williams is a musical virtuoso. The producer-singer has the falsetto to pull off the emotional tone of the song while tapping into a new level of musicality and melody with an uptempo rendition.
4. Jay Z, Justin Timberlake & Jimmy Fallon Do The Beastie Boys, “No Sleep Til Brooklyn”
Cited in the mid-to-late-’80s as the bad boys of hip-hop and rock music, the Beastie Boys were always about having fun. The unofficial ambassador of Brooklyn, Jay Z has proven his vocal ability to be both playful and authoritative. Meanwhile, his showbiz pals JT and Jimmy Fallon have demonstrated their skill for reinterpreting old school rap classics and could truly bring the party vibe. Add Rick Rubin behind the boards and you’ve got yourself an anthem.
5. Florence Welch Does Cyndi Lauper’s “True Colors”
The world of music has been home to many bombastic personalities and true individuals. In the neo-tinted ‘80s Cyndi Lauper was the pied piper. A fellow fiery redhead, Florence Welch has carved out her own place as a one-of-a-kind artist. Welch has both the artistic sensibility and outstanding vocal skills to give this ballad the epic feel it deserves.
6. Bruno Mars Does The Police’s “Don't Stand So Close to Me”
The sensitive bad boy has long been a staple of pop music dating back to the days of Elvis. In his day Sting could very well be recognized as the poster boy, while Bruno Mars certainly has many of the qualities to be today’s equivalent. One of The Police’s signature anthems, this song’s ebbs and flows could really play to Mars and his love of emotional, stylised vocal delivery and reggae-tinged beats.
7. Pink & Adam Levine Do Eddie Money & Ronnie Spector’s “Take Me Home Tonight”
Many music purists might scoff at power ballads for being too syrupy. These same hard-shelled people can probably be found playing “Total Eclipse of the Heart” on repeat. In the decade of emo anthems, Eddie Money teamed up with girl-group legend Ronnie Spector to produce the undeniably catchy “Take Me Home Tonight.” Putting a gender-bending twist on the song, duet queen Pink would be ideal to fill in for the husky voiced Money, while Levine could help sweeten the chorus with his slinky voice.
8. Emeli Sandé Dos Aerosmith’s “Crazy”
At first listen you wouldn't associate arena rock gods like Aerosmith with a young female British crooner. However, listening closely to emotive efforts such as “Next to Me” and “Suitcase” you could be singing a different tune. The genre-fusing Sandé undeniably has the vocal breadth to really cut to the heart of Aerosmith’s bluesist ballad.
9. Robin Thicke Does Michael Jackson’s “Don't Stop Til You Get Enough”
No strangers to filling the dance floor and being under the media glare, MJ and Robin Thicke draw from a similar energy and inspiration. Responsible for his own brand of soul-infused pop anthems, Thicke could add a coat of hot candle wax to this hit with his seductive vocal style. Calling on his buddy Pharrell for production duties would be the icing on the rhythmic cake.
10. Adele Does Elton John’s “Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me”
The UK is responsible for blessing the world with countless gifts, with musical talent being possibly its greatest contribution. We’ll give them a pass for Hugh Grant. Dating back to the ‘70s, Elton John has arguably been the king of anthems. An epic anthem such as this calls for an epic talent, so enter the monumentally gifted Adele. If anyone can do the original justice while adding their own presence it’s this heralded singer-songwriter. Even the famously hard-to-please Sir Elton would surely extend his endorsement for this rendition.
November 25, 2013 via Pepsi