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9 Best Baz Luhrmann Soundtrack Cover Songs

Posted by Alex Pearlman  May 13, 2013 02:00 PM

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The Great Gatsby is director Baz Lurhmann's latest sparkling spectacular, but it's far from his first. Known for his opulent visions of splendor and unique takes on bygone Golden Ages, Lurhmann's films have soundtracks that are just as exquisite as his sets and costumes.

He uses a lot of original music, but also reappropriates well-known songs to better fit the mood of his films.

These are the nine best Lurhmann covers.


Romeo + Juliet (1996)

"When Doves Cry," Prince, covered by Quindon Tarver

"Young Hearts Run Free," Candi Staton, covered by Kym Mazelle

Moulin Rouge, 2001

"Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend (Hindi Sad Diamonds)," Marilyn Monroe, covered by Nicole Kidman

"Roxanne," The Police, covered by Jacek Koman

"The Show Must Go On," Queen, covered by the cast

"The Elephant Love Medley" (including: "All You Need Is Love," The Beatles, "I Was Made For Lovin' You," KISS, "One More Night," Phil Collins, "Pride (In The Name Of Love)," U2, "Don't Leave Me This Way," Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, "Silly Love Songs," Paul McCartney & Wings, "Up Where We Belong," Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes, "Heroes," David Bowie, "I Will Always Love You," Whitney Houston, and "Your Song," Elton John), covered by Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman

The Great Gatsby, 2013

"Happy Together," The Turtles, covered by Filter

"Back to Black," Amy Winehouse, covered by Beyonce and Andre 3000

Where the Wind Blows (uses a sample of a 1920's song, "Oh, You Have No Idea"), covered by Coco O. of Quadron

Extra credit, because it's not a cover, but it's awesome:

Jay-Z, $100 Bill

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