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There is nothing like a new reimagining of a nostalgic song. Lucky for us, some of our favorite artists put their own unique spin on some iconic 2000s tunes. These covers have not only reminded us of our love for these throwback tracks, but have allowed us to hear them in a brand new way.
“Break The Ice”
File this one under: covers we did not expect, but are so glad exist. In a video for Vogue, Lorde performed her haunting rendition of Britney Spears’ infectious 2007 single “Break the Ice,” surrounded by tall, dark trees. She then seamlessly transitions into “Fallen Fruit,” a track off her 2021 album, Solar Power. These two songs work so well together, it is hard to believe they were released 14 years apart.
“Say It Right”
Nelly Furtado’s “Say It Right” is one of the catchiest tunes of the 2000s, so when Tame Impala covered it in November 2020, we were over the moon. Frontman Kevin Parker made the song sound like it is straight out of his catalog, and it is so cool to listen to. The groovy cover was performed live for BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge, but how amazing would it be if it you saw it live, incorporated in Tame Impala setlist?
“Cry Me A River”
We love when a full-fledged pop song can be stripped down to a piano-driven stunner, and Nina Nesbitt does this perfectly. The Scottish singer-songwriter’s cover of Justin Timberlake’s “Cry Me A River” is powerful and emotional, with Nesbitt emoting every lyric of the heartbreak anthem. We are sure her version of this 2002 classic would make Timberlake proud.
“See You Again”
Kacey Musgraves flipped this Miley Cyrus pop anthem into a gorgeous country ballad. This rendition feels like it could be a Musgraves original, complete with an acoustic guitar, gorgeous harmonies, and the Texas native’s signature croon. Given their shared Nashville roots, it is not hard to imagine Cyrus performing this version herself.
“U Got It Bad”
Lykke Li made this Usher classic her own. The alternative-pop singer’s crystal-clear tone suits “U Got It Bad” flawlessly, flipping the nostalgic R&B song into a modern sad girl anthem. The cover sounds like it came straight off her 2018 album so sad so sexy, so it is no wonder Li included it in several of her live performances.