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A Wonderful Playlist of "What a Wonderful World" Covers

A Wonderful Playlist of "What a Wonderful World" Covers

Yesterday's news of Forest Whitaker's Louis Armstrong biopic immediately made me think of the last time I heard the song that will be the movie's title: "What a Wonderful World." My ears pricked up when I heard the song as covered by Joey Ramone in the recent Simon Pegg comedy How to Lose Friends and Alienate People. I wasn't thrilled with the movie as a whole, but I like a lot of the music in it — especially this track.

Nobody can do "What a Wonderful World" quite like Louie did, but that hasn't stopped a bajillion musicians from trying. Just doing a quick search on imeem brings up many varied covers, from Ghoul's death metal version (which doesn't sound like a wonderful world at all), to Eddy Arnold's lovely version that is currently being used in a teaser trailer for Oliver Stone's movie, W.

I sifted through the extensive list and picked out my favorite versions of the song and still, no matter how many times I hear it (which is many now), it brings a dippy smile to my face. It's so warm and life-affirming, no wonder everyone wants to cover it. Want to hear "What a Wonderful World" this is, with covers ranging from rock, jazz, bossa nova and more? To check out the playlist,


What a Wonderful World Covers


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jspeed jspeed 8 years
The IZ version is one of the only covers I truly enjoy. I used the original as the father/daughter dance at my wedding, and now my parents get all sappy every time they hear it!
amofoz amofoz 8 years
Love Joey Ramone's version! Rock on!
johnsonkm20 johnsonkm20 8 years
I love the Joey Ramone version. It always reminds me of Gilmore Girls :)
kristyrk kristyrk 8 years
I love John Legend. That is all.
CheleBelle CheleBelle 8 years
@ ShannonSoCrazy: Thanks for the heads on Eva Cassidy having a version. Louis Armstrong is always sacred stuff. And in times like these most certainly needed.
ShannonSoCrazy ShannonSoCrazy 8 years
I like Eva Cassidy's version.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 8 years
I, too, love IZ's version. Listening to it brings back so many happy memories; the tears I shed are happy ones! Thanks, Buzz!
Briandiesel Briandiesel 8 years
israel kamakawiwo'ole's version always makes me wanna cry a little. It's just such a sweet version
wildegurl wildegurl 8 years
John Legend can do no wrong... though no one can touch Louis' version! Sarah Brightman's version is so... new age-y :) I think of witches or fairies floating around in the woods singing this version!
writerjenna writerjenna 8 years
Louis Armstrong is an amazing talented man. No one can beat his original.
Renees3 Renees3 8 years
Oh I'm so glad you put israel kamakawiwo'ole ln this list. I LOVE LOVE LOVE that version. Iz's music is amazing!
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