We wrote about taking obscure but great songs and making them your own in this post.
It’s a brilliant way to get a hit song and not be tarnished as ‘that band with the cover’, since a vast majority of people will never realise that it wasn’t your own song.
There are, however, various ways to use covers that everyone knows and still make them work for you.
One of my favourites is the total reinterpretation as in the revered version of NIN’s ‘Hurt’ by Johnny Cash that is now the version that everyone refers to. But, that’s just one of 5 methods in this great article.