Michael Jackson's Billie Jean remains one of his most iconic and well-known songs. It was the second single off of Thriller, and it is one of the best-selling singles worldwide; in fact, it ranks #58 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 greatest songs of all time.
I first heard of The Civil Wars when they performed with Taylor Swift on the Grammy Awards a few years back, but I've really grown to like their music and their sound. They definitely deserve to be listened to. In this live performance, they put a unique twist on Michael Jackson's hit.
David Cook, winner of Season 7 of American Idol, knocked it out of the park with an amped-up version of Chris Cornell's acoustic cover. I remember being wowed by Cook's vocals on this far-too-short performance.
Then, of course, there's nothing quite like MJ's original. And the fact remains, the kid is not his son.
Check out my previous Cool Cover Songs of the Week:
Borderline by The Counting Crows
How Deep Is Your Love by The Bird and The Bee
Life in a Northern Town by Sugarland, Little Big Town, and Jake Owen
I Don't Want to Talk About It by The Indigo Girls
Only You by Joshua Radin
Pure Imagination by Maroon 5
I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) by Blake Stratton
What a Fool Believes by Neri Per Caso
Poker Face by Daughtry
Back to Black by Ronnie Spector
I Will Survive by Cake
The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face by The Stereophonics
Rolling in the Deep by John Legend
Go Your Own Way by Lissie
Winner Takes it All by McFly
What a Wonderful World by Joey Ramone
Careless Whisper by Seether
I Walk the Line by Live
Dear Prudence by Siouxsie and The Banshees
Smooth Criminal by Alien Ant Farm
Who Wants to Live Forever by Breaking Benjamin
Redemption Song by Chris Cornell and Audioslave
Love Me Tender by Chris Isaak and Brandi Carlile
All You Need is Love by The Flaming Lips
Lovesong by Adele
I Love It by Robin Thicke