Track of the Day: 'Can't Help Falling in Love' by The Once

Editor’s Note: This article previously appeared in a different format as part of The Atlantic’s Notes section, retired in 2021.

James, a reader in Dubai, offers a great tip for fans of our cover-song series:

Several months ago I decided to subscribe to Apple Music, and almost immediately I stumbled on something that is now one of my favourite ways to pass the time: cover surfing. I search for a song and simply look at the list of all the songs with the same name, then listen through them one by one.

Mostly a few are good, a few are unremarkable, and the rest are awful. But once in a while, I hit on a cover that stops me dead in my tracks and makes me wonder how I missed hearing it before. Recently, the cover I can’t stop listening to is “Can’t Help Falling in Love” by The Once.

It’s a lovely rendition of the early Elvis ballad, and it jumps to life after the one-minute mark:

Back to James:

This cover constantly surprises. The harmonies, the key changes, the tempo changes—everything is just so different from other versions of this song, and it’s all awesome. When you are in dire need of a smile on the way to work, just pull this out of your emergency pack of pick-me-up tunes. It won’t fail.

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