However, to certain people, the mere mention of “Blue Monday” brings a smile to their faces and elicits warm, fuzzy thoughts of one of the finest pop songs of the 20th century. Now, since we’ve all heard New Order’s legendary 1983 synth-pop anthem pretty much a gazillion times, give or take, since its release (and re-boot in 1988), we wanted to shift our attention away from the originators and onto the poor souls who have tried to cover it with any bit of self-respect and decency. Some succeeded, others failed miserably.
Here are 10 covers of “Blue Monday” ranging from decent to dogshit. We’ll spare you the drama; Orgy’s rightfully down there at the bottom.
Hannah Peel not embarrassing herself out in Leeds, despite opening her live set with it.
A different look entirely from 2002, with relaxing, female vocals.
We still don’t understand how the Good Natured isn’t mega-famous by now.
Some mento action from Jamaica that’s actually pretty OK. In fact, this is rather great.
[hr] Handmade instruments give Buke & Gas a sound all their own, even when it’s very familiar.[hr] Chilled out acoustic number perfect for lighting that spliff and pretending Hooky never left. [hr] Los Fulanos giving it the soul treatment and breathing into it a remarkable new life. For about a minute or so… [hr] Here’s Nada Surf covering the second-most “Popular” song of all time. [hr] One of possibly a half-trillion EBM/darkwave covers roaming the digital streets asking how it feels. Spoiler alert: It feels the same. [hr] Jesus fuck, has anyone ever figured out how this was allowed to happen?