Cover Songs Uncovered is a weekly series. Read about it here and see the list of previous songs here. A new post about a different song is posted each Monday. You can listen to the songs in a Spotify playlist.
When Cover Songs Uncovered launched as Pop Culture Experiment’s first series in January 2016, I committed to 52 posts. I knew I wanted to post one for every Monday of 2016, and after that, I would evaluate. But 52 was the bare minimum.
At the end of March 2017, my post on Rebecca Black’s “Friday” was Number 65. So I reached that goal, and then some. The “and then some” has been as rewarding for me as the series. Tony Grima joined Pop Culture Experiment giving us a great run with his fabulous Freestyle Friday posts. There’s now a Pop Culture Experiment Radio Show on BostonFreeRadio.com. There’s a weekly newsletter, capping not just what has been posted on Pop Culture Experiment, but some of the best things we’ve read about pop culture in the previous week. And there’s the Instagram feed, which has taken on a life of its own.
And then in April, I launched what was my most ambitious project yet: 40 Days of Star Wars, during which I posted one blog post for each day in the 40 days leading up to the 40th anniversary of the first “Star Wars” movie. It was a lot of fun, but a lot of work.
But now, after wrapping that up and taking some time to myself, I’m returning to Cover Songs Uncovered, because I’m not finished with it. I reached my initial goal of 52 posts over 52 weeks. Now I have another goal: write another 35 posts so that the total tally is 100 posts.
And I know that many of you lovely folks aren’t either. There are still several covers — great, so-so, and awful — that need to be uncovered. I haven’t finished telling you about all the songs you thought were originals but are actually covers. Nor have I finished introducing you to your new favorite version of a song.
One of my favorite things about the series is an aspect I hope that you all enjoy as well: the variety. I’ve reviewed some songs you probably expect to see in conversations about cover songs, like “Hallelujah,” “Respect,” “Tainted Love,” and “Nothing Compares 2 U.” I’ve also included songs that you probably didn’t expect, like “Funkier Than A Mosquita’s Tweeter,” “Batman Theme,” “Cantina Band,” “Smalltown Boy,” “Ça Plane Pour Moi,” and “Do They Know It’s Christmas?”
That won’t change. I’ll continue to mix in the beloved, oft-covered songs with songs you might not have never heard covered, if you’ve ever heard the song at all.
Please, don’t hesitate to reach out and suggest songs you think I should include. I have a long list of songs to get to, but I’m always interested in hearing possible songs. After all, this blog would not exist without you, the readers. It certainly would not be as much fun.
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