We all know that when it comes to books, movies, songs – the list could go on and on – nothing beats the original. After hearing a horrible rendition of “Landslide” on The X Factor, I wondered, how many people have covered this song? – better yet, who has actually done it justice? Not counting the no names on YouTube, there’s quite the list of popular performers who have covered “Landslide,” and some covers are surprisingly good; some are a bit more interesting.
A lot of people probably know this cover and really like it because they’re already fans of the Smashing Pumpkins. It’s definitely got that Billy Corgan … uh, touch.
Also a popular version. Three-part harmonies and banjo pickin’ give the original a twangy twist, although it does lack the soul and roughness of the original.
I’m no gleek – I’ve never seen so much as a clip of Glee. But I knew Gwyneth could sing, and she really brings it in this cover. A little less country than the Dixie Chicks, but closer to their version than to the original.
Look, I know you’re already thinking, “This is gonna be awful.” And I was ready to tell you that you’re right, but it’s surprisingly not awful, not at all. Her low (man) voice works for this cover.
This isn’t the best one, but there’s something very honest in the way he sings it, a boyish quality. Even though his voice is shaky, it’s a sweet, endearing version.
Before you listen, you need to know that you’re either going to love this or hate this. It wins the award for the most “different” on this list.
Because nothing beats the original.