Let’s Be Honest, These 11 Spanish-Language Covers Are So Good You’ll Forget The Originals
Sometimes, things just sound better in Spanish. Even pop songs that were originally written in English. Don’t believe it? Oh, have we got the playlist for you!
“Sorry” by Leroy Sanchez
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Original by: Justin Bieber
Why does everything sound better in Español? This acoustic version is translated so well at the beginning that you probably won’t notice the second verse in sung in English.
“Say Something” by Luis Gamarra
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Original by: A Great Big World ft. Christina Aguilera
Gamarra’s version, which is just as moody as the original, is spot on. Sure, it’s missing the part by Christina Aguilera, but who would really wanna try to match up vocally with Xtina?
“Chandelier” by Kevin Vásquez
Original by: Sia
There may be some slight auto-tune help on this epic version of “Chandelier,” but there’s no shame here – this version is still pretty damn impressive. Score: 10/10
“Mirrors” by Kevin Karla & La Banda feat. Dani Ride
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Original by: Justin Timberlake
Justin Timberlake covers are tough to execute. He’s got a pretty distinctive voice, but this team honors JT’s angelic style. Can we talk about the lyrics? Just as beautiful in Spanish as they are in English.
“All Of Me” by Belén Moreno
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Original by: John Legend
This version ditches the piano for acoustic guitars, but don’t worry – it still features sweet John Legend’s lyrics that can win someone over in minutes.
“Hotline Bling” by Karen Rodriguez
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Original by: Drake
If you think “Hotline Bling” is played out, listen to this version. It’s like a toned-down Christina Aguilera song that makes Drake’s lyrics seem deeper than they really are. The beat is slower, but yes, you can still do the little Drake dance.
“Hello” by Dani Garcia
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Original by: Adele
“Alo. Soy yo.” It’s like Adele with a thick country vibe. You’ll feel just as sad, but it’s so worth it.
“Love Yourself” by Bely Basarte
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Original by: Justin Bieber
Papi warned you! Bely Basarte’s version of Justin Bieber’s “Love Yourself” will have you pressing that replay button, I guarantee it.
“Pillow Talk” by Kevin Karla & La Banda
Original by: Zayn
This trio mimics Zayn’s “Pillow Talk” almost too well. Is it just me… or does this song sound sexier in Español?
“Work” By Erick Felix
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Original by: Rihanna ft. Drake
Even when you slow it down, Rihanna’s “Work” will still get you moving. Props to Erick Felix for making this cover work with a clever translation (and without actually using that catchy “Work, work, work, work, work” chorus).