The ’80s will forever be known as one of the most influential eras in music, thanks to iconic musicians like Prince, Michael Jackson, George Michael, and Whitney Houston, whose willingness to take risks continues to inspire artists around the globe.

Some performers take their love of these icons to the next level by putting their own spin on one of their favorite classics. Though risky (let’s face it, not all covers do justice to the originals), performing a cover song is, at its core, a form of flattery and an ode to the past.

With so many cover songs out there, it can be hard to know where to begin. But (Tears for) fear(s) not, because we’ve gathered 25 covers that are actually worthy of your time.

Artists: Adele, Cyndi Lauper, Dolly Parton, George Michael, Jeff Buckley, Jennifer Hudson, Khalid, Leonard Cohen, Michael Jackson, Prince, sam smith, Stars, Sufjan Stevens, Sylvan Esso, Tears For Fears, The Clash, The Weeknd, Whitney Houston

Related Artists: Sam Smith, Beyoncé, Amy Winehouse, Sia, Katy Perry, Rihanna, P!nk, Meghan Trainor, Jessie J, Alicia Keys

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