Because everyone knows everything about Taylor Swift's business, by now you all probably know that during her 1989 tour stop in Nashville, Taylor Swift and Mick Jagger dueted to perform his classic hit "Satisfaction." Basically, Swift's life is a musician's dream come true — she's also brought guests like Steven Tyler and Justin Timberlake onstage with her at every stop of this tour. Honestly, it's totally insane. But the cool thing about this particular surprise collaboration is that the idea of Mick Jagger and Taylor Swift together is pretty exciting. Seeing young hitmakers like Swift singing classic songs from iconic musicians is wonderful, because we get to hear a new twist on a beloved older song. There are a multitude of classic hits current musicians should cover, especially because so many artists have equally successful vocal influences.
Think about it — from Ed Sheeran to Ariana Grande to Beyonce, artists tend to have iconic musicians that they hope to emulate in certain ways, whether it's through singing or just through the evolutions of their careers. So why don't some of these young musicians pay tribute to the people that inspired them to become singers in the first place?
Of course, many musicians already have done just that; Ariana Grande covered Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston songs and Beyonce portrayed Etta James in a movie, for example. Still, there's plenty of room for more tributes to come, and I know the perfect combos of new artists and old songs.
1. Ed Sheeran — Bob Dylan's "It Ain't Me Babe" Or "Man Of Constant Sorrow"
Sheeran lists Bob Dylan as one of his musical influences, and man, is that a great comparison in terms of musicality. Sheeran has more vocal range and looseness than Dylan, so it could be fascinating to hear him put his spin on either "It Ain't Me Babe" or "Man Of Constant Sorrow" (which was actually made famous by Dylan but originally sang by Sheldon Beverly). Sheeran has covered Dylan before, so this wouldn't be a stretch for the singer.
2. Beyonce — Etta James' "Something's Got A Hold On Me"
This isn't totally random, as Beyonce has already portrayed Etta James in a film ( Cadillac Records ). The two share some vocal similarities, with Beyonce stretching that vocal range a bit more than Etta James did in her time. It would be interesting to see Beyonce take on this James classic and put a new twist on it, much like she did with her own song "Crazy In Love," for the Fifty Shades Of Grey soundtrack.
3. Ariana Grande — Mariah Carey's "A Vision Of Love"
These two artists share the same vocal range and Grande has covered Carey's songs in the past. This is the ultimate test of the Carey/Grande comparison as it features some of Carey's highest notes. The question will be whether or not Grande can pull it off and make it her own.
4. Jessie J — Alice Cooper's "No More Mr. Nice Guy"
In a previous review of Jessie J, Entertainment Weekly called the artist "Equal parts Katy Perry, Kristin Chenoweth, and Alice Cooper." So why not have Jessie J actually take that comparison one step further by doing a cover of Cooper's song "No More Mr. Nice Guy"? She has the bravado, strength and lack of inhibition with her voice that would allow her to take on a heavy rock song like this, that's for sure.
5. Taylor Swift — Loretta Lynn's "Coal Miner's Daughter"
Taylor Swift cited Loretta Lynn as an influence when she began her music career in a 2008 Rolling Stone interview, and I believe the iconic singer is a match vocally for Swift. Sure, Swift has evolved past her country roots, but can't you just imagine her singing this famous song in a folk style similar to her Hunger Games song, "Safe & Sound"? I'm sure that song's producer T Bone Burnett would be happy to help arrange this cover for Swift.
6. Bruno Mars — Michael Jackson's "The Way You Make Me Feel"
This is kind of a cheat as the artist already semi-covered this song in a concert a few years ago as part of an audience request for covers. Still, actually hearing Mars put out a proper, stripped-down version of this Michael Jackson classic would be incredible.
7. Katy Perry — Joni Mitchell's "Help Me"
Perry has stated that she would like to evolve her music in the same vein as Joni Mitchell or Madonna. So why not actually start that process with a Joni Mitchell song? Not only does this particular single fit perfectly into Perry's repertoire of songs about love, it's also a fit vocally, as Mitchell sings in the same octave range as Perry has in hits like "Teenage Dream."
8. Rihanna — The Shirelles' "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow"
While many of the songs on this list are sung by artists that current musicians have been influenced by in the past, this one is a bit more out of left field. If you listen to the song, you can tell that it not only has the same feel as much of Rihanna's music (especially "FourFiveSeconds"), but it also fits nicely in Rihanna's vocal octave range and evolution as a singer. Plus it's just a great song that deserves an interesting, Rihanna-style update.
9. Adele — Ella Fitzgerald's "Cry Me A River"
A big, beautiful voice like Adele's deserves to be used to cover another big, beautiful voice like Ella Fitzgerald's. Not only does "Cry Me A River" have the same kind of bravado as Adele songs like "Set Fire To The Rain" and "Skyfall," it's also perfect for Adele's voice and range.
10. Justin Timberlake — Jackson 5's "Who's Loving You"
Justin Timberlake has already covered a Jackson 5 song with N'Sync (they performed "ABC" onstage), so this would not be a big surprise or huge challenge for the singer. Still, his evolution as a singer into a more jazzy, soulful musician would fit this particular Jackson 5 song better. I guarantee that it would sound totally amazing.
11. John Legend — Sam Cooke's "A Change Gonna Come"
John Legend is a similar type of singer to Sam Cooke. They're both soulful, full of artistry and life, and sing important songs about change. Legend's song "Glory" with Common is similar to Cooke's classic "A Change Gonna Come" in many ways, so why not take on this cover? And while we're at it, why not ask Common to do a guest verse on the cover as well? It would change the iconic song up in a modern, yet totally respectful way.
Here's hoping Swift and Jagger's collab inspires many similar ones to come.