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5 Best Covers of Wake Me Up by Avicii

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by Jennifer Muirhead (subscribe)
I am learning all the time. The tombstone will be my diploma. ~ Eartha Kitt
Published November 22nd 2018
Different versions, same message
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Tim Bergling, aka DJ Avicii. Photo from The Perfect World Foundation, CC BY 3.0, Wikimedia Commons.

Swedish DJ, remixer and music producer Tim Bergling, aka DJ Avicii departed this plane of existence on April 20th, 2018, at just 28 years old. In honour of his passing, please enjoy these various weird and wonderful covers of his hit Wake Me Up, the lyrics of which now seem particularly poignant.

1. Russkaya

Russkaja are a ska punk band from Vienna, who perform both original songs and covers mixed with a little polka and traditional Russian folk music. This version is full of life and joy and the random shouting you expect from ska.

2. Jonny May- Ragtime Piano

Pianist Jonny May performs his own ragtime piano arrangement of Wake Me Up. No lyrics, just impressive piano playing skills.

3. Jessica Mauboy

Australian singer and actress (star of Bran Nue Dae and The Sapphires) Jess Mauboy performs a straightforward, sincere sounding version of Wake Me Up She can really belt it out.

4. 2 cellos

2 Cellos
are a Croation and Slovenian duo of classically trained cellists who tour internationally (they'll be back in Australia this December, and I'm just a tiny bit excited!) playing mainly arrangements of pop songs as cello duets. Their version of Wake Me Up is instrumental, and has a fun film clip to go with it.

5. Post Modern Jukebox- Mariachi version

Postmodern Jukebox is the creation of American musician and arranger, Scott Bradlee. He posts covers of pop songs performed in a variety of styles performed with a group of his friends, often in his living room. This version is performed Mariachi style, with the lead vocals sung by the very versatile Robyn Adele Anderson.


I wasn't going to include this one, since I found more than five great covers, and I was afraid that mocking the song would be considered in poor taste, but it's just so weird that I couldn't not put it in. Please take it in the spirit in which it's intended. Life is short. Be kind to your chickens.

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I am so in love with 2 Cellos.
by May Cross (score: 3|7643) 789 days ago
Wow... what an interesting concept fir a column! I loved the 2 Cellos version and Post-Modern Jukebox are always good value.
by Steven G (score: 2|704) 791 days ago
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