There are so many places you can really go with the metal genre. While metal has certainly expanded its meaning over the course of history, you can usually count on a certain amount of heaviness coming from any band in the genre. Every now and then, however, you find yourself wanting to experience something different.
With people who just switched genders, these artists went far into left field and covered songs that they didn’t have to cover. From classic rock to pop songs to old school R&B, these are songs that don’t really seem to warrant a metal rendition every day of the week. What’s even crazier is when some of them actually work.
Make no mistake, there are a lot of songs on this list that are really weird for their time, especially when taken in the context of their release. Over the years, these hold up surprisingly well, if only for the gimmick factor. Hell, on the rarer occasions these are the kind of songs that are up there with some of the greatest things these bands have ever done. On first listen, however, you wouldn’t blame us for scratching our heads and wondering what we were listening to.
And first of all, let’s talk about the funniest the nu metal genre could hope to get. Considering that most of the party jams in the 2000s backyard were reserved for bands like Sum 41, how on earth was the angry white boy crowd going to end up in the same arena? Well, Alien Ant Farm has found a way to get as far away from the genre as possible.
While the cover of Smooth Criminal has firmly placed them in hit territory for the foreseeable future, their perfect King of Pop letter is still one of the best things to come off the stage. Complete with one of the most cheesy videos of the era, every tribute is perfect, from the various “hee-hees” in the background to the absolutely overwhelming guitar riff from the start.
That’s not to say that a good start leads to a long career, with most of Alien Ant Farm’s latest records falling apart and quickly putting them back in the rock and roll bin. Then again, when you think about the rise of metal in the 2000s, it still brings up all the good memories of the time. Between all the Staind singles released in the world, we could have used a lot more songs like this in our lives.