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Vans Warped Tour is the largest travelling music festival in the United States, and has long been seen as one that’s only for a certain type of person. You have to like metal and punk, and be down with screaming and mosh pits, right? WRONG.
Truth be told, the very landscape of music has changed with many artists crossing genres for features and covers, and with that, Warped tour has evolved right along with it. Back in 2008, pop-princess Katy Perry performed at the event, and this year, rapper RiFF RAFF was one of the first artists to be announced.
Now, don’t be discouraged if a quick glance at this year’s lineup didn’t get you pumped right away. The 2015 list features a whole lot of newcomers to the tour, but I guarantee, there IS something for everyone. Still not convinced anything is really your style? Keep scrolling, because I’ve curated a list of the best pop covers done by bands on the 2015 Vans Warped Tour to help ease your worries.
Pierce The Veil covered this for Fearless Records’ ‘Punk Goes Pop Vol. 4.‘ The band’s obvious pop-punk vibe, coupled with lead singer Vic Fuentes’ impressive range and soothing falsetto, makes this modern classic a perfect fit.
Bruno Mars is a popular choice on the ”Punk goes Pop‘ albums. On Volume 5, metalcore band Memphis May Fire covered Bruno’s ‘Grenade,’ putting a hardcore spin on the track with tons of drum fills and even a bit of screaming.
Of all the Bruno Mars covers I’ve listened to, though, this is my favourite. Set It Off‘s Cody Carson and Against The Current’s Chrissy Costanza make a great team, as you’ll see when you realize that you can’t help but dance to this one. Cody is no stranger to pop covers; he has quite collection, both by himself and with the rest of his band. Check out his other covers of Jason Derulo, Ariana Grande, and Taylor Swift.
Another band that is very well acquainted with the art of the pop cover is Our Last Night. After you listen to their incredible Taylor Swift cover, check out the others they’ve done of Tove Lo, Maroon 5, Katy Perry, *NSYNC, and my top pick, Selena Gomez.
Taylor Swift is another one of those artists whose music is so fun and catchy that it’s just begging to be covered. We Came As Romans mix distorted guitar riffs and just a bit of screaming for this one, but they’ve also covered The Wanted and Justin Timberlake.
These covers aren’t just limited to pop, though. Carousel Kings go the hip hop route with this melodic Kid Cudi cover.
And in this case, it’s not really even a cover! Does this one sound familiar to you? It should, because Bebe Rexha is also featured on the original version of this acoustic rendition, singing the choruses. She’s also done a cover of our very own ‘6 God’ himself, Drake.
PVRIS singer Lyndsey Gunnelfsen usually takes on other female singers and ends up with covers that are, dare I say, even better than the originals. Also check out their covers of Tove Lo and Sia.
Even EDM isn’t off limits here. Mallory Knox pulled off this live cover of Alesso in the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge, where they also did P!nk’s ‘Try.’
Youth In Revolt’s post-hardcore sound is toned down for this Lorde cover, but they let their true selves shine near the end of the song for a bit of added excitement.
If you’re not really feeling ‘hardcore Lorde,’ have no fear and listen to BoyMeetsWorld’s pop-punk cover instead.
Kanye West recently covered Queen‘s classic-rock anthem at Glastonbury and got a ton of criticism for it. Maybe you’ll like this cover by Never Shout Never a bit better.
Ready for some ~cover-ception~? This one is a Hands Like Houses cover of a Natalie Imbruglia cover of Ednaswap!
Okay, I’ll just say it — Slaves’ lead singer Jonny Craig has the voice of an angel. This cover of The Neighbourhood is just perfect, but if you need more, listen to his covers of Drake, Justin Timberlake, and The Weeknd.
And lastly, this super fun cover of The 1975 by Knuckle Puck. If this doesn’t get you excited for Warped, nothing will.
Vans Warped Tour heads north of the border on July 17 in Toronto.
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