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Is Latin Music the Perfect Style for Covering Songs from Other Genres?

By | 20 June, 2018

Cover versions of songs aren’t just a great way to pay homage to an artist; they can also provide listeners with a completely new way of enjoying a good song. The original cover versions came about in the early 1950s and began as a way to rival a recently released song. It soon became a way for bands to show their appreciation for other musicians. For instance, on the Beatles’ 1963 album Please Please Me, the Fab Four included six covers of songs all from artists they took inspiration from. There is a long tradition in Latin music to cover songs from other genres, and it is arguably the perfect music style to bring a different element to popular titles.

Santana Best Known for Covers

Santana are a prime example of a Latin band who have successfully covered songs from other genres and made them their own. The outfit led by legendary axe-wielder Carlos Santana have come up with their own versions of songs by Buddy Holly, The Zombies, and Bob Marley and the Wailers, and every time put their own twist on the original material. Santana are perhaps best known for their cover of Fleetwood Mac’s 1968 hit “Black Magic Woman”. The San Francisco band released their version of the song in 1970. It became one of the band’s biggest hits and reached number four on the Billboard Hot 100 in January 1971.

Slot Games Also Pay Homage to Great Acts

Guns N’ Roses are renowned for covering other bands, and had great success with offerings like “Live and Let Die” and “Knocking on Heaven’s Door”. In addition to these, their 1993 album The Spaghetti Incident was made entirely of renditions of other artists’ songs. The band led by Axl Rose are one of the most iconic rock acts of all time and, as such, their songs have been covered frequently as well. But it isn’t just other musicians which pay homage to Guns N’ Roses. Slot game developers have also found that using the band’s songs and images is a good way to attract players. Some interesting facts about Guns’n’Roses slots are that they have a huge progressive jackpot and there’s the potential to get a X10 multiplier.

“Sweet Child O’ Mine” is perhaps Guns N’ Roses most famous song and, needless to say, it features on the slot game from NetEnt. This is also the song which has been covered most by other bands, with perhaps the most intriguing cover coming from Latin band Mojito Lite. The Latin twist allowed listeners to hear the song in a whole new light. The chilled style is miles apart from the original rock song but still pays tribute to the great music and lyrics.

It would be fantastic to hear more covers of well-known songs from Latin bands, as it helped bring the Latin genre to more mainstream audiences. On top of that, everything just sounds better with a Latin twist.

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