Rating Pop Punk Bands By Their Taylor Swift Covers

Categories: Taylor Swift

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On YouTube you'll find a ton of pop punk bands covering Taylor Swift's 2012 hit single "I Knew You Were Trouble" because of course. Let's take a look, and rank them from Worst to Worstest.

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Band: An Honest Year (Philadelphia)
Does The Band Switch Around the Pronouns? Yes
Does It Use Any Effect on the "Trouble, Trouble, Trouble" Part: Yes
The Good: Competent enough if by-the-numbers cover
The Bad: Is all pop-punk this overproduced and muddled now? This is closer to a bar band's cover of Taylor Swift.
Could Suburban Teenagers Bounce Around to It at a Concert: Sure

Band: Losing Cadence (Pensacola, Florida)
Does The Band Switch Around the Pronouns? Yes
Does It Use Any Effect on the "Trouble, Trouble, Trouble" Part: No
The Good: This is closer to hardcore than pop-punk -- and the band actually creates its own version instead of just cover Swift. This sounds like an emo/post-hardcore band wrote "I Knew Your Were Trouble."
The Bad: This sounds like an emo/post-hardcore band wrote "I Knew Your Were Trouble."
Could Suburban Teenagers Bounce Around to It at a Concert: Yes

Band: Marius Paxcow of Future Idiots (Klippan/Hässleholm, Sweden)
Does The Band Switch Around the Pronouns? Yes
Does It Use Any Effect on the "Trouble, Trouble, Trouble" Part: No
The Good: Marius Paxcow sounds pretty much like a 19-year-old American pop-punk singer; the "whoa whoa whoa" part might as well be "Bro Hymn Tribute." I can only imagine Future Idiots are Sweden's most popular and influential pop-punk band.
The Bad: Quite possibly recorded in one take
Could Suburban Swedish Teenagers Bounce Around to It at a Concert: Yes

Band: To Catch a Fox (Perth, Australia)
Does The Band Switch Around the Pronouns? Yes
Does It Use Any Effect on the "Trouble, Trouble, Trouble" Part: Yes, and also on every other part of the song
The Good: This has my favorite dubstep breakdown of any song on this list. Really!
The Bad: Either Perth's music scene has some weird ideas of what's cool or there was a dog in the studio when To Catch a Fox recorded this.
Could Suburban Teenagers Bounce Around to It at a Concert: They could sway to it, maybe? I dunno.

Band: The Night Away (Algonac, Michigan)
Does The Band Switch Around the Pronouns? Yes
Does It Use Any Effect on the "Trouble, Trouble, Trouble" Part:
The Good: Carbon dioxide was exhaled during the recording of this song. Plants need that to live.
The Bad: Are you just allowed to use the Taylor Swift part at the start of your song and then pick it up? Why not just cover it on your own?
Could Suburban Teenagers Bounce Around to It at a Concert: No

Band: Through the Crowd (Geneseo, N.Y.)
Does The Band Switch Around the Pronouns? Yes
Does It Use Any Effect on the "Trouble, Trouble, Trouble" Part: No
The Good: After a few weird ones, it's nice to hear something this straightforward.
The Bad: The band recorded portions of this song in an abandoned sewer or subway.
Could Suburban Teenagers Bounce Around to It at a Concert: Yes!

Band: The Animal in Me ("Bay Area", California)
Does The Band Switch Around the Pronouns? No! A woman sings. Hooray!
Does It Use Any Effect on the "Trouble, Trouble, Trouble" Part: Another guy in the band screams along with the lead singer
The Good: The band doesn't switch around the pronouns!
The Bad: Just when you get used to the screaming guy, he disappears from the song.
Could Suburban Teenagers Bounce Around to It at a Concert: Ugh. No, I guess.

Well, there you have it! We can only hope Swift's next huge hit is as easily adaptable to pop-punk as "Trouble."

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Ted Jackins
Ted Jackins

If they're doing Taylor Swift songs they aren't pop punk...they're just pop.

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