Six cute cover versions for a chilled wedding playlist

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This week’s Wedding Jams are utterly adorable and sweet cover versions of classic songs. It’s a collection of songs that would be perfect for your early-doors chilled wedding playlist. Every one is familiar without being slap-in-the-face-obvious and, as ever, they are still brilliant records that stand up well to the originals.

We’ve highlighted six of our favourites, but the playlist is much longer. Click on the video below to hear every one of them…

Gretchen Parlato – I Can’t Help It

However achingly lovely this version may be, it’s impossible to top Michael and Quincy in their prime. Still, Ms Parlato gives it her best…

Quincy Jones – Summer in the City

Speaking of Quincy, his masterful cover of The Lovin’ Spoonful takes things into hot, steamy, jazzy and very feminine territory.

Amy Winehouse – Girl From Ipanema

This version is less bossa nova and more super nova as the bright star of Amy Winehouse went back to her jazz roots and delivered a surprising cover of this Brazilian classic before her light sadly faded. An intriguing cover that keeps this wonderful yet maligned song relevant.

Paul Anka – Smells Like Teen Spirit

This is either an inspired cover version or it’s a nightmarish vision of what life will be like when the children of the 1980s hit pension age. In my view it’s the former – seeing a song so vehemently associated with youthful rebellion being enjoyed by the over-sixties is a reminder that we’ve all been there, however long ago it may have been.

BJ Smith – Umi Says

This psyched-out, folked-up version of Mos Def’s classic tearjerker ‘Umi Says’, that has been re-interpreted by a young Londoner in 2013, is an unexpected delight. A surprising cover it may be, but sometimes it’s not where you’re from, it’s where you’re at.

Innerzone Orchestra – People Make the World Go Round (J88 Remix)

The Stylistics are taken to new places by Detroit’s modern masters of soul Carl Craig and J Dilla. This never ages.

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