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6 must-hear cover songs

Listen to these fresh versions of your favorite tunes.

Ellie Goulding (left) has covered "Your Song," one of Elton John's most famous tunes.Ellie Goulding (left) has covered "Your Song," one of Elton John's most famous tunes.Ellie Goulding (left) has covered "Your Song," one of Elton John's most famous tunes. (Photo: Getty Images)

A good cover can make you hear a song like you’ve never heard it before. A fresh take on an old tune can make you appreciate it in a whole new light. From Yael Naim slowing down Britney Spears’ hit “Toxic” to the Carolina Chocolate Drops giving a new spin on a Blu Cantrell R&B classic, these six songs we've compiled are worth adding to your music library.

'Feeling Good' by Ester Rada

Made famous by Nina Simone

Israeli jazz crooner Ester Rada covers this classic song in an original and carefree way. Nina Simone is frequently credited with the original performance, but many people don’t know it was actually originally written for a musical. In 1965, however, Simone turned it into a classic when she recorded and released it on her album "I Put A Spell On You." This version by Rada, who opened for Alicia Keys during a concert in Israel, would make Simone proud.


'Valerie' by Mark Ronson featuring Amy Winehouse

Originally performed by The Zutons

Brits Mark Ronson and Amy Winehouse picked up the tempo and added a fresh spin to “Valerie.” The cover has arguably become more popular than the original version by rock band The Zutons. The original version was released in 2004 and reached No. 9 on the U.K. singles chart. Three years later, the late soul singer drove the song all the way up to No. 2.


'Hit 'Em Up Style' by the Carolina Chocolate Drops

Originally performed by Blu Cantrell

American folk group Carolina Chocolate Drops takes on Blu Cantrell’s beat with a banjo, fiddle and a little bit of beatbox. The old-fashioned style string band uses a wide range of bluegrass instruments to tell their story. R&B artist Cantrell originally released the song as her debut single back in 2001. The tune went on to win a Grammy for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance and another for Best R&B Song.


'Toxic' by Yael Naim

Originally performed by Britney Spears

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Indie singer-songwriter Yael Naim slows down Britney Spears’ pop anthem in an unexpected way. This Israeli talent exposes a new side to this top charter. Spears released the original song on her fourth album in 2003. The dance-pop track reached the No. 1 spot on the U.S. Top 40 and won a Grammy for best dance recording. Naim, who previously performed in an Israeli orchestra, brings a new meaning and deeper emotion to this track.


'Take Me To Church' by Ed Sheeran

Originally performed by Hozier

British artist Ed Sheeran covered this hit by Irish singer-songwriter Hozier for a special performance on BBC Radio. Hozier launched into fame with this hit single in 2014. It reached the No. 1 spot in 12 countries across the globe. He famously performed the song at the 2014 Victoria Secret Fashion Show – alongside artist Ed Sheeran, with his song “Thinking Out Loud.”


'Your Song' by Ellie Goulding

Originally performed by Elton John

This classic song has been named one of the "500 Greatest Songs of All Time" by Rolling Stone magazine and has been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. It was originally performed by Elton John in 1970, and received a new life in 2010 when up-and-coming British artist Ellie Goulding covered it on her album “Lights.” Goulding’s version was featured in a prominent holiday commercial in her home country and reached the No. 2 spot on the U.K. singles chart. But wait, there's more: She also performed her version of the song at Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding reception in 2011.

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