Billie Jean is Not My Cover

Billie Jean is Not My Cover

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Ever since the King of Pop passed away last month, the world has been experiencing Michael Jackson fever. It would have been great for Michael to see that people cared for him while he was still alive but somewhere, somehow we know he's smiling. With the recent surge in MJ love, many musicians have been covering his music as a tribute to the performer. Today, we’ve decided to focus on the song that introduced us to the moonwalk, Billie Jean.

Editor’s note: There are way too many covers of Billie Jean out there so we only posted the ones that were of interest.

Michael Jackson (The Original)


Chris Cornell (Acoustic reorganized)

Pros: The best of the covers, Chris brought emotion to the song.
Cons:  How is someone supposed to moonwalk to this?


Cobra Starship (acoustic cover)

Pros:  A unique take with a good musical arrangement.
Cons: Vocals are a bit weak sauce, lead singer sounds like he has hiccups.


Coldplay (acoustic cover)

Pros:  They managed to get the crowd really into it which is quite the feat considering how awful this cover is.
Cons:  The lack in Chris Martin’s vocal range couldn’t be more apparent in this cover.


David Cook (Chris Cornell Cover)

Pros: Nicely executed, strong vocals.
Cons:  It's not different enough from Cornell’s version


Amanda Palmer (Piano)

Pros: Billie Jean sounds great on piano.
Cons: The vocals aren’t as good as they could have been.


Jorge Drexler (Foreign acoustic Guitar cover)

Pros: Not applicable.
Cons: A huge mess, they’re singing over each other instead of in harmony. Jorge forgets the lyrics.


The Bates (punk cover)

Pros:  Good take and definitely louder than the original.
Cons:  Gets old pretty fast.


Madonna (pop)

Pros: The Queen of Pop covering the King of Pop; A perfect match.
Cons: At 30 seconds long, it’s a tease more than anything.


Suleman Mirza (???)

Pros: The only one of the covers listed here where the focus is on dancing.
Cons: I have no idea what they're saying, i'll assume that's Billie Jean in a foreign language.


Michigan Marching Band (Marching Band)

Pros: It’s a marching band!
Cons:  Was I the only one hoping for a moonwalk instead of them walking backwards?


Ian Brown (pop/dance cover)

Pros:  Vocals are surprisingly good, lyrics are altered slightly.
Cons:  Too much much much echo echo echo echo…

Random YouTuber named Aldrine (Ukulele cover)

Pros: It's a ukulele cover! Vocals are surprisingly good.
Cons: It's actually pretty decent considering it's from YouTube.

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