The term cover, from the English language, can be translated as “cover” or “top”. In our idiom, its use appears in the musical field to refer to a song by an author or performer that is covered by another musician.

CoverA cover, in other words, is a different version from a song that was previously recorded by another artist. A example de cover is the version that Guns N ‘Roses recorded in 1991 from “Live and let die”, A song of Paul and Linda McCartney originally recorded by the band Wings on 1972. In this case, nineteen years passed from the original recording of the song to the recording of the aforementioned cover.

It should be noted that the same song it can have many covers. Taking up the example of “Live and let die”, it was not only recorded by Guns N ‘Roses: there are also versions of Geri halliwell, Fergie and The Pretenders, among others.

There are bands that have decided to record a whole album of covers, without their own songs. That’s what the group did Ramones on 1993 when he released the album “Acid eaters”, composed of themes from The Rolling Stones, The Who, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Byrds and others. It is also a cover album “Other songs”, from the Argentine band Attack 77, which features versions of classics from The Beach Boys, ABBA, Erasure, Alberto cortez and more artists.

It is important to mention that there are groups dedicated exclusively to the interpretation of covers. Many of them are tributes to other groupings, such as The Beats (that pays tribute to the Beatles), The Musical Box (dedicated to the music of Genesis) and God save the Queen (tribute to What in).

Within this group of artists who have specialized in covering others, we came across the group called La Década Prodigiosa in Spain. In 1983 was when this band was created that, although it came to represent the country at the Eurovision Song Contest with an original song (“Made in Spain. The girl I love”), it was popularized by the medley of songs from different decades and both national and international artists.

Among his most successful albums are some such as “Los años 60 Vol. I” (1985), “Los años 70” (1987), “Los años 80” (1988) and “The best live of the 60s, 70s and 80 “(1990).

At present it continues on stage although its popularity is no longer the same and it is not made up of the original members, among whom were Andrea Bronston or Manel Santisteban.

In addition to everything indicated so far, we cannot ignore either that since the Internet has been shaped, the term cover has begun to be used much more. And the thing is that more and more Internet users do not hesitate to make their covers of well-known songs and then upload them to platforms such as YouTube and even to different social networks to achieve a certain popularity.

Thus, there are youtubers who have specialized in covers and who have thousands of followers around the world, including on some occasions the artists they cover.