A good song is a good song, no matter how it’s played. But there’s something delicious about bluegrass bands re-imagining pop songs with banjos, fiddles and country accents.
With that in mind, here are seven of our favorite bluegrass versions of pop songs (family-friendly, of course).
… And if you’re looking to hear some live local popgrass, check out WTMD’s Saturday Morning Tunes Popgrass Festival on Saturday, July 17th!
Kid-Friendly PopGrass Songs
Love Canon – “Africa”
Sure, Weezer did a note-for-note rock version of this song a couple years ago but Love Canon totally recreates it as a bluegrass/Americana masterpiece. While they have a ton of great interpretations of pop songs, this is their most popular. (Love Canon is pictured above.)
Iron Horse – “Enter Sandman”
This one’s for all the dads in the house. Dads who like to rawk.
Carolina Chocolate Drops – “Hit ‘Em Up Style”
Is this song old enough to be a pop classic? Either way, Carolina Chocolate Drops brings just enough sass to make it a guaranteed singalong.
Ricky Skaggs & Bruce Hornsby – “Super Freak”
Try not to laugh the first time you hear this. Sure your kids might be singing “She’s a super freak” for the next few days but it’s worth it.
Graeme James – “Bittersweet Symphony”
Slicker than most of the other bluegrass covers on this list, but Graeme James some flavor to this ‘90s hit.
Cornbread Red – “Under Pressure”
This straightforward bluegrass cover is proof that the best songs can be done in any style.
The Civil Wars – “Billie Jean”
Slower than the OG version but the Civil Wars put their own spin on this Michael Jackson tune. Love those harmonies.
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