Get your boots and grab your cowboy hats—Shania Twain is back.
Next to appearing on Broad City, the Canadian queen of country-pop returned to music recently with her first new album in 15 years, titled Now. After going through a public divorce and struggling with vocal issues, the album’s songs aren’t melancholy ones, but rather an entire celebration of an artist who’s finally coming back into her own.
Known for her mega hits like “Man! I Feel Like A Woman,” “I’m Gonna Getcha Good!” and many others, the leopard-clad icon is still all that and more on the new LP. Yet it’s her four previous albums between 1993 and 2002 that really dominated radio charts. Such tracks shattered sales records and destroyed any preconceived notions about where pop and country music overlap.
In celebration of country’s best-selling female artist’s return to music, here are some of the best covers of some of Twain’s biggest hits.
California sister trio HAIM appeared on Australian radio station Triple J this past July in wake of the release of their highly anticipated sophomore album Something To Tell You. Next to promoting the new album, HAIM chose to cover Twain’s “That Don’t Impress Me Much.” While staying true to Twain’s bravado-filled delivery, the sisters make the track their own by bringing a beautiful, bluesy beat to it.
Before embarking on their You Look Good World Tour, Lady Antebellum and opening acts Kelsea Ballerini and Brett Young were tossing around song ideas to cover on stage together, and of course Twain came to mind. In a video on Rolling Stone Country, Lady A members Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood join Ballerini and Young for a stripped-down take on her 1998 chart-topper “You’re Still The One.” The result is a country music fusion for the ages. Watch here.
Country-pop singer Jessie James Decker has previously cited Twain as her biggest idol in country music. “She’s one of the reasons I think I can do what I’m doing in this genre,” said Decker. So, it’s fitting that she would try her hand at Twain’s classic “You’re Still The One” in a sultry cover that’s both intimate and powerful.
Yes, Shania Twain has inspired male artists over the years too—just ask Harry Styles about it. But until that cover happens, here is new country artist Brandon Ray singing Twain’s hit “No One Needs To Know” on The Bobby Bones Show. His acoustic rendition of her third single off 1995’s The Woman In Me is soulful and humble—something we’re sure Twain herself would favour.
Country star Lindsay Ell’s cover of “Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?” will transport you back to 1995. The Canadian up-n-comer’s cover is much slower than its original counter part, allowing Twain’s lyrics to reach a deeper emotional level and the overall vibe of the song to shift.