On his cover of Beyoncé's recent insta-classic, the Atlanta star trades in steamy vocals for lightning-fast raps. His Auto-Tuned flow blows Jay Z's god-awful verse on the original out of the water. And if Future's pained wails can't come close to Queen Bey, he gets points for originality.
The Commodores | 1984
The year after soul legends Marvin Gaye and Jackie Wilson died, songwriter Dennis Lambert asked members of the Commodores to give him a tape of ideas. "And the one from Walter Orange has this wonderful bass line," said co-writer Franne Golde. "Plus the lyric, 'Marvin, he was a friend of mine' ... Within 10 minutes, we had decided it should be something like a modern R&B version of 'Rock 'n' Roll Heaven,' and I just said, 'Nightshift.'" This tribute to the recently deceased musicians was the band's only hit without Lionel Richie, who had left for a solo career.