Some people sing along to boy bands, some laugh at them, and some perform better-than-the-original covers of their songs.
Postmodern Jukebox posted a video of singer Miche Braden performing One Direction’s “Story of my Life,” and she takes the pop song and turns it into a soulful jazz number. Check it out below:
This isn’t the first time someone’s completely reshaped a boy band hit. Here’s a look at a few covers that will make you forget that these songs were by boy bands in the first place, or just make you enjoy your fave boy band classics in a whole new light:
“I Want It That Way” by Charli XCX
Originally by: The Backstreet Boys
This ’80s-tastic cover is slower than the original, and also loads sexier — no offense to Nick Carter. Charli XCX sings with a sort of desperation in her voice, and what we knew as a sing-along-single becomes a sultry slow jam.
“Stay Another Day” by Chvrches
Originally by: East 17
The electropop trio’s version of the British boy band’s hit is another successful attempt at transporting a ’90s song to the ’80s. They took the drumless song and added synths and drum beats, turning the piano ballad into a song you can clap along to. Lead singer Lauren Mayberry belts the lyrics, injecting raw feeling where there were just the typical boy band harmonies in the original.
NSYNC medley by Pentatonix
Originally by: NSYNC
You don’t have to be an a cappella fan to be into Pentatonix’s NSYNC medley. It’s as if they took NSYNC’s catalog, removed all the boring parts (I’m looking at you, second half of Celebrity) and condensed it into four minutes. If that’s not talent, I don’t know what is.