We’re cuh-rying over how good these Miley Cyrus “Wrecking Ball” covers are.
Truth time — we still haven’t FULLY recovered from the #FEELINGS conjured up by Miley Cyrus‘ intensely naked, emotionally AGGRO “Wrecking Ball” video, not to mention the cry-heavy “Wrecking Ball” director’s cut. We also haven’t recovered from seeing the “23” collaborator’s naked EVERYTHING on basically EVERYTHING (moving “Wrecking Ball” included!).
So, what do you do when you wanna listen to Ms. Cyrus’ stunningly beautiful track, yet need, like, a 5-minute breather from Miley’s naked bod? (LBR, we’ll probably be back on the naked Miley train by dinner time!). Find some “Wrecking Ball” covers that straight CRUSH IT! And because we love you, we’re sharing our (for the most part fully clothed) five favorites, including renditions by Masha, HAIM, and Rumer Willis.
1.) MASHA’S FIERCE, GRUNGE-Y COVER:
If you haven’t heard of Masha yet, you will soon. Her grungy, Pink-esque vocals have already landed her in the studio with songwriter Claude Kelly and producer Nathan Chapman, and, judging by the gritty-ass Janis Joplin-tinged rasp she occasionally unleashes in her “Wrecking Ball” cover, we can see why.
Masha sticks primarily to the original melody but straight NAILS the booming “I came in like a wrecking ball” hook. We’d also like to take this moment to #BowDown to Masha’s perfectly subtle yet awesome run on the line “wreck me.” Don’t think we didn’t catch that, bb.
+ Watch MASHA’S “WRECKING BALL” COVER.
2.) HAIM’S SYNTH-TINGED ROCK COVER:
Obviously, there’s a lot to love about HAIM (#HAIRGAME!!), and now, you should definitely feel free to add their cover of Miley’s “Wrecking Ball” to the list of reasons why we’re obsessed with these sisters.
Este, Daniella, and Alana Haim stopped by BBC Radio 1’s “Live Lounge” to drop their cover. After quickly gargling with some water, the girls delve into their unique delivery of Miley’s smash. A more sparse and organic version, the ladies stripped down the original’s booming hook in favor of some light, wispy, and ethereal vibes.
Of course, that only lasted for the first half of the song, and by the end, the girls were bringing us home with a more forceful, badass wail. Which reminds us: That wail equals yet another thing to add to that list of why HAIM’s the real effing deal.
+ Watch HAIM’S “WRECKING BALL” COVER.
Watch our 5 favorite “Wrecking Ball” covers after the jump.
3.) JAMES ARTHUR’S PITCH-PERFECT R&B COVER:
James Arthur is literally KILLING US right now! In case you’re unfamiliar (p.s. FIX THAT), James won season 9 of “The X Factor” U.K. Naturally, we’ve been stan-ing our little hearts out ever since over James’ gritty, soulful, kinda R&B, kinda rock, always PERFECT vocals. And, per the total slay-age that occurs in James’ “Wrecking Ball” cover, this boy’s pipes are NOT to be messed with.
Staying true to the original melody, James infused Miley’s pop hit with a hefty dose of raspy soul, not to mention some impeccable, perfectly places runs. Unrelated fangirl sidenote: Could James be any cuter in those glasses?! UGH.
+ Watch JAMES ARTHUR’S “WRECKING BALL” COVER.