Four Times Lana Del Rey Absolutely Nailed A Cover Song
Since emerging in 2012 with debut single, Video Games, Lana Del Rey has firmly established herself as one of America’s most influential popstars. With five albums under her belt, Lana’s music has inspired tens of thousands of people to share covers of her songs. Whilst these obviously vary in quality, when Lana decides to cover a song by another artist she invariably nails it, so we wanted to show our appreciation by sharing our favourite Lana covers.
Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood (Nina Simone)
It’s a bold move covering the legend that is Nina Simone, but Lana Del Rey didn’t get to where she is today by playing it safe. This cover of Simone’s 1964 classic was the closing track on Lana’s 2015 album, Honeymoon, and finds her signature sultry drawl elegantly draped over a woozy guitar line and some gorgeous strings.
Chelsea Hotel (Leonard Cohen)
The late, great Leonard Cohen wrote Chelsea Hotel about a brief romance that took place at New York’s Chelsea hotel with fellow musician, Janis Joplin. It is a song imbued with a sense of deep sadness, a meditation on loving and losing. Whilst her 2013 cover is more melodic than the original, Lana’s version is no less heartbreaking.
Summer Wine (Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood)
A collaboration with her then fiancee, Barrie-James O’Neill, Lana’s take on Nancy Sinatra’s Summer Wine was never officially released, but has still racked up close to 20 million views on YouTube, thanks to an accompanying homemade video the pair produced and shared.
Blue Velvet (Tony Bennett)
This doleful 2012 cover of Tony Bennett’s 1951 hit is perhaps our favourite Lana cover yet. Initially recorded as part of the promotion around high-street fashion brand H&M’s ‘LA Noir’ collection, the track ended up on Lana’s second record, Paradise. Blue Velvet has been covered by a myriad of acts over the years, but for us, Lana Del Rey’s version is matched only by the original.