In business or music, there’s always a new twist that can be put on something familiar. You may know something one way so well, that you can’t even fathom it working any other way … and then you see or hear it and you kick yourself for not thinking of it yourself. The AV Club has had a series the last few years called AV Undercover. They put together a list of random songs each year and bands have to come in and do their take on an old favorite. To inspire your own out of the box thinking, here’s our Benchmark 5: Favorite AV Undercover Covers.

The Wood Brothers cover Michael Jackson – “P.Y.T.”


The Wood Brothers cover Michael Jackson

Young the Giant covers R Kelly – “Ignition (Remix)”


Young The Giant covers “Ignition (Remix)”

JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound cover Blackstreet – “No Diggity”


JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound cover Blackstreet

Grouplove covers Andrew W.K. – “Party Hard”


Grouplove covers Andrew W.K.

Punch Brothers cover The Cars – “Just What I Needed”


Punch Brothers cover The Cars

Seriously, though … go check out all of AV Undercover. They’re on the fourth season. I was working my way backwards and didn’t even make it past the third season to reach a top five. I could have probably done a Benchmark 50.