For long-time Disney fans, the songs from the movies are iconic. Not only are they pivotal to the stories that Disney fans know and love, but they’re also incredibly catchy. It’s hard to think any alternative versions of the popular Disney songs that could ever come close to the originals. Of course, this line of thinking is clearly subjective. Sometimes, covers don’t hold a candle to the originals. Sometimes, they take a great song and innovate it. And sometimes, they can surpass the originals. Here are some covers that we think are worth listening to, that take a great song and put their own twist on it.
Poor Unfortunate Souls – Jonathan Young
Jonathan Young is a popular name for fans of covers. A YouTuber who is known for his Disney and anime covers, not every cover will hit with the same intensity. But his version of “Poor Unfortunate Souls” really hits right. Despite the song changing from a female voice to a male’s voice in his version, I think it works really well. Beyond his voice, what really elevates this cover and made it stick out to me was his decision to make it a Rock/Metal cover. With such a sinister song like this one, sung by a villain, the genre bend fits so well. The heavy drums in the background overtop his expressive vocals had me mystified. Take a listen for yourself!
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Colors of the Wind – Tori Kelly
There isn’t much to really explain why I love this cover. The original is already so incredible, it’s insane to think any other version could compare. Still, Tori Kelly nails this song. Her voice works perfectly for this song. She makes the long a little slower at parts but really brings incredible high notes to other moments that had me enchanted. Take a listen.
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I Wan’na Be Like You – Fall Out Boy
Fall Out Boy is already a well-loved artist by yours truly, so when I discovered they’d covered this song, I could already hear it in my head before even flipping it on. I think it’s the perfect song for the band to cover. Patrick Stump’s voice blends so well with the fast-paced nature of the song. And adding some rock flair to the jazzy-based song really elevates it. Plus, if you’ve ever wanted to hear Patrick Stump scat aggressively, you’ll love this cover. You can watch the band perform it below.
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When You Wish Upon A Star – *NSYNC
With such a fun group of pleasant-sounding voices, it would have taken a lot for NSYNC to mess up this song. Taking an a cappella approach, the group puts a boy band twist on the song that works really well for this song that is already slow-paced to begin with. Even if you never got into the boy bands of the 90s and 2000s, I still think this one would be a pleasant one to hear.
Do You Want to Build a Snowman – Chloe x Halle
This sibling duo has been taking the world into the palm of their hand after getting signed to Beyonce’s record label in 2015. With Chloe’s dark tone and strong voice and Halle’s light and classy voice, the sisters’ voices blend so beautifully together. The duo is also no stranger to a cover. They got discovered by Beyonce after covering her song “Pretty Hurts” after all. Their version of “Do You Want to Build a Snowman,” a song where one sister is trying to encourage the other was a perfect song for them. The unique and powerful blend of their voices works well for this song, and it’s one of our favorite Frozen covers. Take a listen!
I Won’t Say I’m in Love – Ariana Grande
Ariana Grande has such a beautiful voice, and her version of this works well simply because of her range and vocal style. Grande brings a sweetness to the song that wasn’t present in the original. The way the song layers her vocals to take the place of the muses works amazingly. There isn’t much else to say beyond that. The cover speaks for itself. Take a listen. Side note,