Twenty One Pilots' 10 Best Covers: Watch Them Take on Katy Perry, Elvis Presley & Lana Del Rey
Twenty One Pilots are all about innovation when it comes to their eclectic take on alternative pop, and you never quite know what you're going to get when it comes to their live shows. Whether they're dishing out hits from their own catalog or putting their spin on a cover, they’re pretty much a lock to send their fans home happy. That’s why they go on arena tours, play SNL and make Billboard chart history.
Covers have been an essential part of Twenty One Pilots' rise to stardom, and the covers have grown right along with their original material. From songs that fit their style to ones that are way totally out there, take a look at some of the covers from Twenty One Pilots over the years.
My Chemical Romance - “Cancer”
This is a tough one to cover in the first place, but Twenty One Pilots did it justice when they made the track their own in celebration of epochal My Chemical Romance album The Black Parade's tenth year anniversary. Exchanging the prevalent piano with electronic elements, their version of "Cancer" is dark, atmospheric and eerie -- all adjectives likely to make the boys in MCR proud.
Oasis - “Wonderwall”
Sure, maybe "Wonderwall" is the most overdone cover of all time, but the band does its best to keep you from rolling your eyes this time around. The resulting rendition is super fun! If nothing else, it definitely doesn't sound like that dude who always brings an acoustic guitar to a house party.
Christina Perri - “Jar of Hearts”
"Jar of Hearts" and Twenty One Pilots are kind of a weird combination, but when Perri’s angst becomes 21P's angst, there’s a common ground, indeed. The duo adds a load of Auto-Tune to the vocals to spice things up, and it brings life to a song that’s normally pretty sad; instead of feeling the heartbreak, Josh Dun and Tyler Joseph would like you to lighten up and smile.
Various Artists - Acoustic Medley
Twenty One Pilots have never taken the easy way out of things, so why should they only cover one song when they can cover… seven? The band cooked up a crazy acoustic medley featuring songs that span across all kinds of genres -- you’ve got Alicia Keys’ “No One,” Third Eye Blind’s “Semi-Charmed Life,” and even DJ Khaled’s “All I Do Is Win” linked up together to create a megamix that’s nothing if not… interesting.
Elvis Presley - “Can’t Help Falling In Love”
No, seriously -- the ukulele is a vital component when it comes to Twenty One Pilots. It’s arguably shown off the best in their rendition of Elvis’ “Can’t Help Falling In Love,” which is also probably one of their best produced covers, too. Featuring an inventive video to go along with it, the cover captures the magic of the original without delving into anything too weird.
Tears For Fears - “Mad World”
If you’ve never heard of Tears For Fears’ Donnie Darko-revived hit before, you might just think that it was really a Twenty One Pilots song from the get-go. Their version of the 1982 hit is brimming with confidence and practically outdoes the original, as it mixes dance beats and synth together for a delicious outcome.
Lana Del Rey - “Summertime Sadness”
Cedric Gervais took “Summertime Sadness” to new heights, but don’t sleep on Twenty One Pilots’ hyper-energetic cover.
Van Morrison - “Brown Eyed Girl”
Sometimes you just have to throw things back… way back. Twenty One Pilots flashed back to the 1960s with their cover of the Van Morrison classic, “Brown Eyed Girl.” It’s an easy-to-cover but difficult-to-master type of song, but the band manages to pull it off with minimal effort.
Daft Punk - “Get Lucky” and Capital Cities - “Safe And Sound” Mash-Up
What do you get when you put Daft Punk and Capital Cities together? Confusion, mostly, but if Twenty One Pilots are in charge, you also get a pretty sweet mash-up. The band took Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” and Capital Cities’ “Safe And Sound” and somehow made it work -- no thanks to their tour manager and crew members who provided some comical vocals in the background.
Katy Perry - “ET”
The beauty of covers is that they’re done for a number of reasons -- maybe the song means something to someone; maybe they just want to recreate a song with their own vision. For Twenty One Pilots, they just wanted a(nother) reason to go completely nuts on stage. The duo played Katy Perry’s “ET” a few years back and naturally shook the stage up once the chorus hit.