Best Cover Song Ever?

The latest round of cover contest:

“All Along The Watchtower” is an answer that’s too perfect, too obvious, to be fun.  So I’ll go with Alien Ant Farm’s version of “Smooth Criminal”, which is nothing if not fun:

Another reader:

Thanks for the much-needed and timely mental health break! I usually just lurk and read, but I couldn’t help but send this one, since it came to mind immediately upon reading the contest description – Alanis Morissette covering Black Eyed Peas “My Humps in a slow ballad style:

Another genre-bender:

Obadiah Parker’s “Hey Ya!”:

What nobody hears in the original, very upbeat original is the devastating sadness of this song. It’s full of passages like:

If what they say is ‘Nothing lasts forever,’
Then what makes love the exception?
Oh why oh why are we so in denial
When we know we’re not happy here?

But everyone’s too busy dancing to notice. Then along comes this overweight hippy who gets what the song’s really about and captures the shit out of it.

And rocks one helluva beard.