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.
4.) RUMER WILLIS’ WISPY FOLK COVER:
Looking for a folky, wispy, little bit less sad than Lana Del Rey’s “Summertime Sadness“-esque cover? WE GOT YOU! Allow us to direct you to Demi Moore and Bruce Willis’ firstborn’s soft and melancholy rendition, which she covered during one of her weekly residency performances at the Sayers Club in L.A. But, it isn’t all somber and sad — toward the end, Rumer goes from sad to pissed, and closes the performance by belting Miley’s emo chorus at the top of her lungs.
+ Watch RUMER WILLIS’ “WRECKING BALL” COVER.
5.) KING THE KID’S EMO/ PUNK/ VERY NAKED COVER:
We said that most of these covers were fully clothed — emphasis on MOST. So, if going an hour without glancing at Miley’s naked bod has got you reeling, then perhaps King The Kid’s emo/punk/modern-day Newfound Glory-tinged rendition of “Wrecking Ball” might do you well?
With more than 1 million views wracked up, King The Kid’s cover clip sees the band sitting in their undies, delivering a totally emo version of Miley’s record. And then, of course, there’s that one dude, butt-OUT, swinging on a makeshift wrecking ball, presumably in an idyllic backyard somewhere in Suburbia. Rough day for the neighbors, no doubt!
+ Watch KING THE KID’S “WRECKING BALL” COVER.
And there you have it, friends! The five “Wrecking Ball” covers that FULLY wreck us! Oh, and in case you’re starting to feel some moderate naked Miley withdrawal, just take a look at her grinding on this off-brand Elmo! You’ll feel better in no time.
Photo credit: RCA