7 cover songs to add to your playlist

Well-known songs get a new life with these incredible renditions.

Beyonce sings 'At Last' at the Inaugural BallBeyonce sings 'At Last' at the Inaugural BallIn an unforgettable performance, Beyonce sang her stellar version of 'At Last' during the 2009 Inaugural Ball. (Photo: Win McNamee / Getty Images)

A good cover song can make you hear a song like you’ve never heard it before. A fresh stance on an old tune can make you appreciate it in a whole new light.

We've compiled a list of our favorite covers you must hear, from the slow and powerful rendition of Britney Spears' hit "Toxic" by Israel’s Yael Naim to Darius Rucker's revival of an Old Crow Medicine Show classic. These seven songs are definitely worth adding to your library.

'Hit Em Up Style' by Carolina Chocolate Drops

Originally performed by Blu Cantrell

Another alternative take on an early 2000s hit – this time, folk group Carolina Chocolate Drops take on Blu Cantrell’s beat with the banjo, fiddle and a little bit of beatbox.

'Wagon Wheel' by Darius Rucker

Originally perfomed by Old Crow Medicine Show

Former Hootie and the Blowfish frontman Darius Rucker takes on the country classic (and favorite Southern bar sing-a-long) "Wagon Wheel."

'Toxic' by Yael Naim

Originally performed by Britney Spears

Indie singer-songwriter Yael Naim slows down Britney Spears' pop anthem. This Israeli talent exposes a whole new side to this top charter.

'Hurt' by Johnny Cash

Originally performed by Nine Inch Nails

Johnny Cash exudes pure emotion in this powerful cover. His next-level emotion will make you think he wrote the song himself.

'Valerie' by Mark Ronson feat. Amy Winehouse

Originally performed by The Zutons

Mark Ronson and Amy Winehouse picked up the tempo and added a fresh spin to the Zutons hit – and their cover has become more popular than the original!

'Open Your Heart' by Ofra Haza

Originally performed by Madonna

Israeli singer and actress Ofra Haza shares a beautiful rendition of Madonna’s hit. Listening to Haza’s cover will make you appreciate this song in a new light.

'At Last' by Beyoncé

Originally performed by Etta James

Beyoncé closes out the list with her powerful rendition of the Etta James classic, "At Last." One of the world's most influential artists, Beyoncé paid a graceful tribute to the timeless song in her performance at the 2009 Inaugural Ball.

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