Pennywise — Ben E. King’s “Stand By Me”
Pennywise bring a slightly more upbeat and faltering sound to this staple, as the track sounds like it could fall away with the emotion it picks up as it gathers speed, including a slight change in lyrics with “fuckin’ stand by me.” Punk AF.
The Dollyrots — Katrina & The Waves’ “Walking On Sunshine”
Only released this year, the Dollyrots’ take on this happy-go-lucky standard gives new meaning to its title. A furiously upbeat ripper, you won't be able to go back to the original.
The Avalanche Diaries — Christina Aguilera’s “Genie In A Bottle”
That unassuming intro just delves into a beautiful and chaotic take that’s certainly unique. Christina Aguilera never sounded so huge and maniacal.
All Time Low — Rihanna’s “Umbrella”
Of course All Time Low nailed this one. It’s Rihanna’s monstrous breakout single that really was born to be a pop-punk song. Their pop-punk urgency fits right in with the glitz and glam the lyrics convey.
Our Last Night — Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse”
You know what a track like “Dark Horse” needs? More darkness; loud, chugging drums; and KP’s lyrics surrounded by haunting and taunting demonic music.
The Maine (feat. Derek Sanders) — LEN’s “Steal My Sunshine”
A picture-perfect cover of LEN’s one-hit wonder. The Maine somehow take one of the most recognizable songs of the ’90s and give it an injection of life that is so addictive you’ll find yourself on play No. 20 before realizing it’s repeated.
The Ataris — Don Henley’s “Boys Of Summer”
Quite possibly one of the best covers of all time. Shoutout for the change of lyrics from “Dead Head” to “Black Flag.” It’s a must-have for any end-of-summer playlist.