In the Air Tonight Covers | 7 Best Versions + Bonus Playlist

Hello guys! Check out our list of the 7 Best “In the Air Tonight” covers. This song was released in January 1981 by the English drummer and singer-songwriter Phil Collins. His grief after divorcing his first wife inspired the lyrics for this song. It remains to be one of Collins’ best-known hits. His drum break towards the end has made the song really famous. It has been described as ” the sleekest, most melodramatic drum break in history” in LA Weekly’s 20 Best Drummers of all Time.

In the Air Tonight | Phil Collins

Let’s begin by our journey watching the original music video. The song was released as a single from Collins’ debut solo album Face Value. The music video is an animation of his face from the cover of the album. The music video received a heavy play on MTV when the music video channel was launched. Later, it was released on VHS and Laserdisc in 1983 and received a Grammy nomination for Best Video, Short Form.

In the Air Tonight Lyrics

I can feel it coming in the air tonight, oh Lord
And I’ve been waiting for this moment for all my life, oh Lord
Can you feel it coming in the air tonight, oh Lord, oh Lord
Well if you told me you were drowning, I would not lend a hand
I’ve seen your face before my friend, but I don’t know if you know who I am
Well I was there and I saw what you did, I saw it with my own two eyes
So you can wipe off that grin, I know where you’ve been
It’s all been a pack of lies

In the Air Tonight Covers

And I can feel it coming in the air tonight, oh Lord
Well I’ve been waiting for this moment for all my life, oh Lord

I can feel it coming in the air tonight, oh Lord
Well I’ve been waiting for this moment for all my life, oh Lord, oh Lord

Well I remember, I remember, don’t worry, how could I ever forget
It’s the first time, the last time we ever met
But I know the reason why you keep your silence up, oh no you don’t fool me
Well the hurt doesn’t show, but the pain still grows
It’s no stranger to you and meI can feel it coming in the air tonight, oh Lord

In the Air Tonight Lyrics

Well been waiting for this moment for all my life, oh Lord
I can feel it in the air tonight, oh Lord, oh Lord
Well I’ve been waiting for this moment for all my life, oh Lord
I can feel it coming in the air tonight, oh Lord

And I’ve been waiting for this moment for all my life, oh Lord
I can feel it in the air tonight, oh Lord, oh Lord, oh Lord
Well I’ve been waiting for this moment for all my life, oh Lord, oh Lord
I can feel it in the air tonight, oh Lord, oh Lord, oh Lord, oh Lord
Well I’ve been waiting for this moment for all my life, oh Lord, oh Lord, oh Lord

Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Phil Collins
In the Air Tonight lyrics © Peermusic Publishing, Concord Music Publishing LLC

7 Best In the Air Tonight Covers

Chris Daughtry

Great performance by Chris Daughtry in this In the Air Tonight live cover. The original song was catchy in its almost bare instrumental, only highlighting the drums. This version had added in a lot of guitar works that make the song even more melodious without overpowering the drums. Also, pitch in Brad Arnold’s incredible voice and both blend so well together. A remarkable cover of a great song.

Lorde

Watch Lorde in her cover of Phil Collins’ In the Air Tonight. She has incorporated her style of singing in this soft rock classic. This version is more of a dream-pop or chillwave. Her voice and the electric guitar are mostly heard throughout the song with the drums coming in with a short part in the song. Lorde is known for her “unconventional music style” and it shows in her version of this song.

7 Best In the Air Tonight Covers

In the Air Tonight | Smith & Myers

Smith and Myers give us powerful vocals in this great In the Air Tonight acoustic cover. Originally from the band Shinedown, Brent Smith and Zach Myers compose this duo. This song was one of the tracks in their album Acoustic Sessions released in 2014. These guys rock this song with just voice and guitar and that shows real talent.

Sierra Eagleson

Watch Sierra Eagleson in her version of In the Air Tonight. Her version is simple and does not have the belting that we usually hear from other artists. It also has the absence of drums that the song is famous for. With the piano accompaniment, this song is softer and more emotional. Sierra’s voice is very soothing and this song could just be the most perfect one to listen to if you want to calm down at the end of a frantic day.

7 Best In the Air Tonight Covers

Nonpoint

Watch Nonpoint in this video for their In the Air Tonight cover. This is a really awesome metal version. The band totally made the song their own but still did justice to the original. The drum work is great in this version and gets the listeners pumped. The song is perfect in building up the climax of intense scenes for the film Miami Vice.

The Voice Australia Coaches

Watch The Voice Australia coaches perform a phenomenal In the Air Tonight cover. We just about held our breaths watching this performance. This is a slam! Possibly the best of all judges’ performance in all talent shows, ever. It is quite noting how they have different voices and yet still be in sync in this song. This certainly belongs to the list of the best versions of the song!

Lauren Bannon (The Voice UK)

Watch Lauren Bannon perform In the Air Tonight cover for The Voice UK. That was smashing every bar set as standard, don’t we all agree? As Will points out, it was spectacular. From her voice, the background and backups, the musical arrangement and lights, everything just comes together to deliver that really awesome performance. Anyone watching would never have to look elsewhere throughout her show. That’s how captivating this performance is!

BONUS: YouTube Playlist of In the Air Tonight Covers

That concludes our list of the 7 Best In the Air Tonight cover songs ever. Do you have a favorite? Is there a cover song that we missed and you think should be included in our list? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

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