The future of music

5 AI covers that will blow your mind

December 1, 2023
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AI music covers bringing waves of creativity from fans

AI covers are starting a revolution in music, creating something exciting and fun: a sort of sonic memes that bring a lot of joy to our lives. Just like traditional music covers, AI covers can be really inspiring. Others not so much. But each one is special in its own way. They bring a very interesting mix of fun, innovation, and creativity to the table.

In the ever-evolving landscape of the music industry, the use of AI tools is stirring a whirlwind of controversy. We’re living in a time when tech moves faster than laws, making people both excited and worried.

Following copyright laws and considering ethical concerns is important, of course. But, shouldn’t we also be able to try out new tech and have some fun with it? Many of the coolest new ideas come from just playing around and experimenting.

Some artists and record labels are embracing this new way of creating music. Recently, we saw Sony and David Gilmour release an innovative generative AI collaboration for fans to remix music and cover art from their album.

It’s not fun and games for everyone

Sadly, not everyone is on board with this new wave of musical expression, especially when it’s done without their direct involvement. Platforms like YouTube, to protect themselves, have made it difficult for creators to upload AI music without getting into trouble. Consequently, some creators have been forced to remove their videos or hide their channels to avoid being banned for life.

But the real point of an AI cover isn’t to break the rules. It’s about thinking bigger and doing things in music we never thought we could. These AI covers are more than just parodies. They make us hear music how other fans and creators hear it. Plus, they bring some laughs too!

I recently spent an afternoon listening to a wide variety of AI covers. Some were so good they truly surprised me. What surprised me the most is how well thought some of these tracks are, and how much creativity and talent there is out there.

So, if you’re excited about discovering new talent, having some fun, and looking at some of the best AI covers out there, get ready. Put on your headphones, turn up the volume, and let’s check out these 5 AI music covers that will undoubtedly blow your mind.

Johnny Cash ‘Barbie Girl’ (Aqua) – AI cover

You can’t talk about AI covers without mentioning one of the biggest hits: Johnny Cash singing songs by Aqua, Spice Girls, and Miley Cyrus. This AI cover mashup is really clever and funny, but it’s also done so well that it might give you chills. Johnny’s voice sounds innasenly real, and there’s even a special message at the end that gets you thinking. Even though it’s all in good fun, the person who made this cover is facing pressure from music companies and publishers.

Queen ‘Waka Waka’ (Shakira) – AI cover

Never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined a crossover between Freddie Mercury and Shakira. But someone did, and thanks to AI they created this gem of an AI cover that nobody knew they needed. The person behind it made the music like Queen’s ‘Radio Gaga’ and used AI to make Shakira’s words sound like Freddie Mercury was singing them. Every time I hear it, I can’t help but smile thinking Freddie himself would have loved it.

Kanye West ‘Get Lucky’ (Daft Punk) – AI cover

One of the biggest hits in recent years got an AI cover too. This version has a whole new music arrangement and a surprisingly well-fitting new voice. The AI has been programmed to sound just like Kanye West. It’s impressive how the AI captures the style and tone of Kanye’s voice, making this overly streamed track feel fresh and exciting again. You can tell a lot of effort went into producing this song, making it a standout example of how AI can bring a new twist to popular music.

Frank Sinatra ‘Master of Puppets’ (Metallica) – AI cover

In this unique AI cover, the creator took a tastefully well-done version of Metallica’s ‘Master of Puppets’ by Robyn Adele Anderson and added a twist. They used AI to make it sound like Frank Sinatra was singing the song instead. This kind of AI cover is on the simpler side of things. Sinatra’s voice isn’t the best quality either, but it’s still pretty interesting to hear such an odd mix of this classic thrash metal song in Sinatra’s famous style.

90s Liam Gallagher ‘Little By Little’ (Oasis) – AI cover

This AI cover is the reason I wanted to write this article. It felt like it took me to another world. I’m not the biggest Oasis fan, but my husband loves them, so I’ve heard their music a lot. I can tell the difference between Liam and Noel Gallagher’s voices pretty easily. So, I was shocked when I heard this track. The original is sung by Noel, but the AI made it sound like Liam was singing it, back in the 90s when his voice was at its best. My husband, who prefers Liam over Noel, was almost in tears. A dream only made possible by the magic of AI.

These are just a handful of examples of the possibilities that AI brings to covering our favorite songs. What’s amazing about these AI covers is how fans are re-imagining their favorite artists and songs and making fun and unexpected new tracks. These songs wouldn’t have been possible without this cool mix of fans’ ideas and AI technology.

Each cover shows us how music is always changing and growing, thanks to the people who love it. I hope these covers brought some joy to your day and maybe inspired you to play around and create an interesting AI cover too.

Sabrina Bonini

Sabrina Bonini is a content specialist, writer, and educator focused on Web3 and entrepreneurship. She started her career as an audio engineer and musician, and has been passionate about the intersection of music and cutting-edge technology since then.

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