->''"The formula they use: they take a piano, a song you know well, slow it down, and get a woman with a lovely breathy voice to sing it."''
-->-- '''Winifred Robinson''', ''[[Creator/TheBBC You and Yours]]'', on music used for [[UsefulNotes/AVeryBritishChristmas Christmas advertisements]]

A slower, quieter cover of a song. Musical directors can support a deeper, emotional moment in a work by using such an arrangement. It is common to take a famous song as source material. Predictably many movies play version of one of their songs during the end credits like this.

Sometimes used within a musical as a DarkReprise of an earlier number.

A subtrope of TheCoverChangesTheMeaning. Compare SuspiciouslySimilarSong, InTheStyleOf, TheElevatorFromIpanema and AwardBaitSong.



* Kyon from ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' gave the somewhat hyperkinetic end theme "Hare Hare Yukai" this treatment, making the ridiculously frantic original into something slow and melancholy. He also changed the lyrics to reflect his personality. That is to say, he complains about all the weird crap now happening. Actually, all of the last three character albums did this, but no one else sounded quite as emotionally distraught.
* ''Manga/LoveHina'': The Tanabata episode had the girls singing the opening theme as a ballad.
* ''LightNovel/ShangriLa'': The opening and first ending got their slow versions as insert songs.
* Italian singer Giorgio Vanni, known for singing theme songs to animated shows (''especially'' anime), included in his album - as well as in his [[SeriousBusiness concert]] where the cover was first heard - "Giorgio Vanni Project" this kind of cover of another song of his, "What's[[note]](Sung as "What is", but written as "What's". Spelt as such for the sake of it, apparently.)[[/note]] my destiny Dragon Ball" (opening/ending song for ''Dragon Ball Z'', as the earlier ''Manga/DragonBall'' anime had another theme song, still sung by him). The long time that's passed between the original, dance-y version of the song and the ''way'' more somber version of it made the cover a TearJerker to many fans. [[ManlyTears Yes, even among the show's intended demographic.]]
* ''Manga/{{Kannagi}}'' uses a slow piano cover of the main theme for HeartwarmingMoments.

* UsefulNotes/{{Walmart}} has an Easter-themed commercial that gives this treatment to (no kidding) "Peter Cottontail."
* There's a car advert that has ''Twinkle Twinkle Little Star'' being given the treatment.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DOYEuEiNBKE&feature=related This ad]] from the Transport Accident Commission in Australia depicts relatives of actual people killed in speed-related car crashes showing photos of their loved ones. Itís set to Angie Hartís dirge-like cover of Music/TheCure's "Pictures of You". Be warned: itís a ''massive'' TearJerker.
* Walk into any department store, [[TheElevatorFromIpanema they often play muzak covers of this sort for famous pop songs]]. You might encounter a slower, softer version of [[Music/TheRollingStones Start Me Up]], or Mr Mister's Broken Wings.
* A 2010 Kingsford Charcoal commercial used [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dMvHTdcbFpM Rob Crowe's slow cover of The Human League's "Fascination"]].
* In addition to the original song, some Fisher Price commercials used a slow instrumental version of Katrina & The Waves' "Walking on Sunshine".
* For a while, a whole spate of UK adverts used soft, croony covers of pop/rock songs by female vocalists. John Lewis ran two rather {{glurge}}y Christmas ads in 2011 and 2012, one using a cover of Music/TheSmiths "Please Please Please (Let Me Get What I Want)" [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pSLOnR1s74o by Slow Moving Millie]] and the other a cover of Music/FrankieGoesToHollywood's "The Power of Love" [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0N8axp9nHNU by Gabrielle Aplin]]. In 2013 they ran a competition to compose the next one, which was won by a busker with a cover of Music/{{Keane}}'s "Somewhere Only We Know." For [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ve9cBwI-pAg the ad itself, it was sung]] by Music/LilyAllen.
** Several other advertisers [[FollowTheLeader followed suit]], including Twinings (Music/TheCalling's "Wherever You Will Go" by Charlene Soraia) and B&Q (Music/CrosbyStillsNashAndYoung's "Our House" by Hazel Tratt).
** This has become such a [[UsefulNotes/AVeryBritishChristmas Christmas cliché]] that in 2013 Radio 4's "You and Yours" [[http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03kv1f1 ran a contest]] to suggest a song for the "Christmas advert treatment", receiving nearly 200 suggestions and going with Music/ScissorSisters "I Don't Feel Like Dancing". "The John Lewis version" is now British shorthand for a Softer and Slower Cover.
* It's become increasingly common for movie trailers to use Gothic covers of innocent pop songs, usually played in a minor key, to sound more epic and dramatic. Notable examples include Music/{{Beyonce}}'s "Crazy In Love" for ''Film/FiftyShadesOfGrey'' and Music/TheCarpenters' "We've Only Just Begun" for ''Series/ChildhoodsEnd''.

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* ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'': May J, the singer of Let It Go's pop version in Japan, later released "Let It Go ~ありのままで~ ([[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SNllIXAsFMY Heartful Version]])", an R&B cover of the song.
* ''Disney/TheLionKing'' has its love song, "Can You Feel the Love Tonight?". In the context of the movie, it's actually pretty upbeat despite the minor key. The version of the song that plays over the credits is your typical sparkly 1990's Disney AwardBaitSong.
* The soundtrack for ''WesternAnimation/{{Persepolis}}'' does this with "The Eye Of The Tiger," as opposed to... [[HollywoodToneDeaf the movie version]].

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* Exceedingly common among genre film trailers in UsefulNotes/TheNewTens, with examples such as ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'', ''Film/{{Maleficent}}'' and ''Film/SuicideSquad2016'' springing to mind. It could be argued that ''Film/TheSocialNetwork'' 's teaser was the kickoff point for this trend.
* ''Film/TeamAmericaWorldPolice'': Wonderfully parodied where the theme song (America, Fuck Yeah!) is given precisely this treatment during a big dramatic scene. It doesn't quite work, which is [[TheyPlottedAPerfectlyGoodWaste entirely the point]].
* ''Film/HighSchoolMusical''
** Case in point, "What I've Been Looking For", as performed by [[http://www.agonybooth.com/recaps/High_School_Musical_2006.aspx?Page=6 the Evanses]] in an uptempo arrangement (a change lamented by Kelsi) and then by [[http://www.agonybooth.com/recaps/High_School_Musical_2006.aspx?Page=7 Troy and Gabi]] as the slow ballad that was originally meant to sung.
** The first film's "We're All in This Together", a cheerful "We Go Together"-esque song is replayed slowly in the third film in an attempt to make a sad, reminisent atmosphere. This version also qualifies as an AwardBaitSong.
* ''Film/DonnieDarko'': the final credits are accompanied by Gary Jules' version of "Mad World," originally by Tears for Fears. Unlike the original upbeat and cheery new wave track, Jules's version is sombre and minimalist, featuring only his voice, a piano and a cello.
* ''Film/AcrossTheUniverse'' features a slowed-down version of "I Want to Hold Your Hand" by The Beatles. The original song was a standard happy love song from a guy to a girl, while the cover was a depressing ''[[AllLoveIsUnrequited unrequited]]'' love song [[{{Gayngst}} from a lesbian]] [[IncompatibleOrientation to a straight girl.]]
* In ''Film/RockyBalboa'', the iconic theme, "Eye of the Tiger" by Music/{{Survivor}}, is given this treatment throughout the movie as both leitmotif and mood music.
* A trailer for upcoming horror movie ''7500'', about a supernatural attack on a plane, plays a slow cover of John Denver's ''Leaving On A Jet Plane''. The entire time. At the beginning, the passengers are boarding with no indication that anything is wrong, but the music plays all the way through the end, while the passengers and staff are terrorized and killed.
* Baz Luhrmann's ''Film/WilliamShakespearesRomeoAndJuliet'' features an R&B gospel cover of Rozalla's 1991 dance hit "Everybody's Free (To Feel Good)", sung by Quindon Tarver.
* Inverted in ''Film/PixelPerfect''. "Notice Me" was originally written as a soft guitar ballad, but winds up covered in a much more upbeat way by the Zettabytes.
* Inverted in ''Film/ThatThingYouDo'' as the title song was written to be a ballad, but forced up tempo by the drummer the first time they played it live. It worked.
* The trailer for ''Film/GhostInTheShell2017'' has a softer version of Music/DepecheMode's "Enjoy the Silence".

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* ''Series/AllyMcBeal'' regularly features various famous songs redone by Vonda Shephard and performed on the show. Particularly notable was Bing Crosby's ''Swing On A Star'', slowed down and emphasizing the "Pig" part of the song.
* John Henry and Savannah Weaver singing a bleak ''a capella'' version of "Donald Whaur's Yer Troosers" at the end of an episode of ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'', which fooled a couple of fans into thinking it was a genuine archaic folk song.
* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}''
** Ted singing a slow, acoustic version of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QEYcfHoWm2s "Hey Ya" at Janitor's wedding]]. Actually quite pretty.
** They did the same thing to the ''Series/SesameStreet'' theme song. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vx4chPKwcbY It was horridly depressing, because of the context.]] (If you can't follow the link, an already sad and wistful cover is juxtaposed with a patient's death, JD reflecting on the lessons ''Sesame Street'' taught him, and evidence that the new interns haven't learned those lessons at all. ''Can'' you tell him how to get to Sesame Street?)
* ''Series/TheStoryOfTracyBeaker'' had a slower, more sombre piano rendition of the theme song, that would play over more poignant moments, mostly revolving around Tracy and [[ParentalAbandonment her absent mother]].
* ''Series/{{Glee}}''
** Rachel and Shelby singing their beautiful and slow rendition of..."[[Music/LadyGaga Poker Face]]". Nobody's sure what the meaning was changed to though and it's still considered an incredibly odd choice for [[spoiler:a girl and her surrogate mother]] to sing together.
** Finn sings a version of "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" (which was the original arrangement, although Cyndi Lauper's upbeat pop version is more popular).
** Kurt sang ''Film/AcrossTheUniverse'''s version of "I Want to Hold Your Hand."
** Blaine sang a slowed down version of Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream" in the fourth season.
*** During the season five episode "The Quarterback," Puck's tribute is the slow, acoustic version of Springsteen's "No Surrender."
* ''Series/HappyDays'': Joanie and Chachi go on a local ''Series/AmericanBandstand''-esque show, but the trend is now for folk music and J and C do classic 50s rock. What to do? Sing "Come Go With Me" v-e-r-y s-l-o-w-l-y, using just a guitar rather than the full band.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': If you listen closely, "The Doctor's Theme" from Series 1-4 is a an ''extremely'' slow version of the first several phrases of the show's OpeningTheme.
** From Actor/MattSmith's run, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I8Bz5Srw28c "A Sad Man With a Box"]] is a slowed down version of [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KH5qYqgqD3I "A Mad Man With a Box"]]
** In "[[DoctorWhoS34E8MummyOnTheOrientExpress Mummy On The Orient Express]]", Foxes sings a mid-tempo jazz cover of [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-OTYT02W7E "Don't Stop Me Now"]] by Music/{{Queen}}.
* [[Series/LateNight Jimmy Fallon]] and Music/BruceSpringsteen performed a Music/NeilYoung-style cover of Willow Smith's "Whip My Hair".
** Also on the same show, Music/AliciaKeys took it UpToEleven with a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BW2NuxOC8fU soulful rendition]] of the ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGummiBears'' theme song.
* Michelle Branch performed a softer and slower version of her song "Goodbye to You" for her guest appearance on the ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' episode "Tabula Rasa" - a version that actually fits the emotion of the lyrics better than the poppier radio/album version.
** In the first season finale "Prophecy Girl", after Buffy defeats the Master, a slow-tempo version of the show's main theme plays on the soundtrack.
* In an episode of ''Theatre/TheOddCouple'', Felix writes a bouncy, upbeat song for Jaye P. Morgan, but she performs it in a slow, dramatic style instead.
* ''Series/KamenRiderDouble'' including acoustic renditions of four of it's five battle themes, three of which fit this trope, but special mention goes to the acoustic version of "Cyclone Effect", [[spoiler:as it is played over Philip's death in episode 48]].
* The closing credits for ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' feature a slower tempo version of the main theme, called "The Love Theme from [=MST3K=]".
* ''Series/UnderbellyRazor'' featured in its soundtrack covers of [[AnachronismStew more familiar music from the latter part of the 20th century]], adapted somewhat to fit the setting, or the atmosphere, rather than [[RecurringRiff stereotypical 1920s speakeasy music]]. Promos for the series, however, featured an [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xXA7BPLP-mQ adaptation of Tainted Love]] with a female voice singing the lyrics, ranging from seductively breathy to daemonic scream, with accompanying music that sounds more like Marilyn Mansons' version.
* Episode 3 of ''Series/StrangerThings'' ends with Music/PeterGabriel's softer [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LsvuipGq2ns rendition]] of Creator/DavidBowie's "Heroes".
* The opening theme song of ''Series/TheManInTheHighCastle'' is a slow, creepy rendition of Rogers & Hamerstien's Edelweiss.

* Emm Gryner's album Girl Versions does this with a number of metal and alternative songs, including Def Leppard's "Pour Some Sugar On Me" and Blur's "Song 2." Woo hoo.
* Music/AlanisMorissette, as an April Fools' joke, released a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pRmYfVCH2UA video]] of "[[Music/TheBlackEyedPeas My Humps]]" under this treatment.
* Minnie Driver (of all people) gave this treatment to Music/BruceSpringsteen's muscular, anthemic "Hungry Heart" (of all songs) on her first album (yes, she's released more than one).
** Springsteen himself stripped down "No Surrender," originally an upbeat anthem driven by horns and keyboards, into a much slower, acoustic version.
* The slow version of the Gershwin brothers' song "I've Got a Crush on You" became the standard one. Ira Gershwin wrote that he came to prefer this, even though he and George originally wrote it as a fast song.
* Music/BenFolds does a tongue-in-cheek cover of Dr. Dre's "Bitches Ain't Shit" as a melancholy piano ballad.
** Similarly, [[Music/VerucaSalt Nina Gordon]] did a heartfelt cover of Music/{{NWA}}'s "Straight Out of Compton" with acoustic guitar.
** Jenny Owen Youngs also did a fantastic acoustic cover of Music/{{Nelly}}'s "Hot in Herre".
* Music/BlueOysterCult's "Don't Fear The Reaper" tends to get this a lot, turning it from a catchy, lyrically dissonant EarWorm to something so very depressing.
* Music/{{Sir Mix A Lot}}'s "Baby Got Back" is kinda amusing in a bathroom humor sort of way, but Music/JonathanCoulton upped the comedy quotient by covering it [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TooVK8WE9Hg&NR=1 as a mellow pop song]] InTheStyleOf Michael Bolton.
* Music/AmandaPalmer (formerly of The Dresden Dolls) wrote a song ("[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8C17yfGyJjM Oasis]]") about a girl who is raped at a party and decides to get an abortion. The catch? It's an [[LyricalDissonance upbeat 60's-style ditty]], and the girl is super excited because Oasis answered her fan letter and sent her a photograph ("It's autographed and everything!"). The networks did not like it. At all. The other catch? The song is ''based on her own experiences'', because she considers humor a perfectly healthy way of dealing with trauma. Just as a statement, Amanda regularly plays about 30 seconds of a ridiculously moody, minor-key version of the song during concerts before switching back to the regular upbeat version.
* Music/ToriAmos does this with most of her covers, turning them into low-key, piano-driven ballads. Her earlier successes with this treatment include [[{{Music/Nirvana}} "Smells Like Teen Spirit"]] and [[Music/{{REM}} "Losing My Religion"]]. Her cover album ''Strange Little Girls'' had some of these (i.e. [[Music/DepecheMode "Enjoy the Silence"]], [[Music/TomWaits "Time"]], "I Don't Like Mondays", [[Music/{{Slayer}} "Raining Blood"]] & "Real Men").
** Her cover of "Raining Blood" actually creeped out ''Music/{{Slayer}}''.
* Anna Ternheim's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJ_oRbtJjns cover]] of David Bowie's (and, earlier, Iggy Pop's) "China Girl" from ''Music/LustForLife'' has some of these characteristics, as does her [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DC6jQpP0zMQ rendition]] of Fleetwood Mac's "Little Lies."
* She & Him takes the Motown standard "You Really Got a Hold on Me," originally recorded by Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, and boils it down essentially to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NTAjLwWNITg an acoustic guitar and the voice of]] Creator/ZooeyDeschanel.
* Before the ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' episode gave it similar treatment, Obadiah Parker performed a slow, melancholy take of Music/{{OutKast}}'s "Hey Ya."
* Music/{{Calexico}} also has [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tGTM2s9hfBU a very stripped down acoustic version]] of Music/TheClash's "Guns of Brixton."
* Another famous and awe-inspiring use of this trope was Music/JohnnyCash's take on the Music/NineInchNails' "Hurt." While the original wasn't upbeat, it was definitely much louder and more aggressive than [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o22eIJDtKho Cash's rendition]].
* Inverted by H.I.M.'s rousing cover of the very somber "Wicked Game" by Chris Isaak.
** However, played straight by themselves, with the Baudelaire In Braille album, an album of Valo covering his own songs from Screamworks in acoustic, mellow slow versions.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Al9FOtZcadQ This]] cover of "Tik Tok".
* Rebecca Black's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3CBzT2pv1Jc acoustic cover]] of Music/{{Friday}} is effectively this. Also done (many would agree better) as a parody [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Rv1BZcksIc here]].
* Toad The Wet Sprocket did this to "Rock And Roll All Nite", of all songs, for an officially sanctioned {{Music/Kiss}} [[CoverAlbum tribute album]]. Kiss fans had a pretty mixed opinion on this version, but Gene Simmons himself gave the band credit for their "balls-to-the-wall bravery" in drastically reinterpreting their SignatureSong.
* Music/AliciaKeys - "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYmmh9zkpQM Empire State of Mind Part II: Broken Down]]"
* Lou Barlow's version of Ratt's "Round And Round", which converts a HairMetal anthem into a pensive acoustic ballad.
* Damone does this with their version of Music/IronMaiden's "Wasted Years". It sort of makes sense as an arrangement because lyrically the original is a bit on the melancholy side for sort of being a RockstarSong. Music/RyanAdams did much the same with his version of the song, recorded for ''Series/{{Californication}}''.
** Speaking of Iron Maiden, Zwan recorded a slower and much creepier version of "The Number of the Beast".
* Dynamite Hack's ''Superfast'' features two versions of the song "Anyway": The first is a speedy PopPunk song. The second is a HiddenTrack that combines this trope with TheCoverChangesTheGender, since it's lead singer Mark Morris' sister Emily performing it as a piano ballad (while swapping all instances of "girl" in the lyrics with "boy"). Their folky version of Music/{{NWA}}'s "Boyz N' The Hood" may also fit here.
* Many dance singles have ballad or "candlelight" remixes, such as "Cry (Unplugged)" by System F featuring Saskia Lie-Atjam, "Such is Life (Sunday afternoon rework)" by Rank 1 f/Shanokee, "Heaven (Candlelight Mix)" by DJ Sammy & Yanou f/DO, "Listen To Your Heart (Unplugged Edit)" by DHT, and "Let You Go (2005 rework)" by ATB.
** And of course, more than a couple of those were covers; the TropeMaker in dance was probably the aforementioned Candlelight Mix of Heaven, previously by Music/BryanAdams. DHT's take on Listen To Your Heart actually reached the point where the stripped down version was more heavily promoted than the dance mix; either way, it was still more mellow than Music/{{Roxette}}.
* This is par for the course for much of Creator/AdrianEdmondson and the Bad Shepherdsí songbook, as they cover classic punk and new wave hits [[InTheStyleOf in the style of]] Celtic folk. A prime example is their cover of "Up The Junction" by Squeeze, which turns the poppy, upbeat new wave number into a plaintive ballad -- one that probably [[LyricalDissonance suits the lyrics better than the original arrangement.]] Itís also a waltz (the original is in 4/4).
* Ayla/DJ Tandu (Ingo Kunzi) produced downtempo remakes of the classic tracks "Angelfalls" and "Velvet" for his 2011 comeback album ''Unreleased Secrets''. Much earlier, there was "Atlantis (Atmosphere mix)" and "Angelfalls (Particular Beach mix)". Ditto for "Ayla 2010".
* Many people don't realize that the version of "Mad World" heard in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DHtcliIvnHI Donnie Darko]] (as performed by Gary Jules) and sung on [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PfR0JGWX62E American Idol]] is a slower and softer version of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SFsHSHE-iJQ the original]] by Music/TearsForFears. The same goes for Music/{{Lorde}}'s [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DaVA6sgOpws slower, more industrial cover]] of the band's song "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ST86JM1RPl0 Everybody Wants to Rule the World]]". In the 80's, [[LyricalDissonance even angst had a pop beat to it]].
* The second version of Music/{{Eric Clapton}}'s "Layla," changed from a passionate ode to his love for his best friend's wife to a somber reflection back on it.
* While already a fairly slow song, Amorphis did a slower, mellower [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iUbk1Kp8xGc&ob=av3e acoustic version]] of their song [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f7GhDS-rIO4 My Kantele]]
* Gigi d'Agostino's solo ballad version of his hit "L'amour Toujours (I'll Fly with You)".
* In 1976, Music/NeilSedaka released a slow ballad version of his 1962 hit "Breaking Up Is Hard To Do. It reached No. 8 on the charts, making him the first artist to reach the Top 10 with two different versions of the same song. The 1962 original is a typical breakup song of the era, with the protagonist reeling from a just-ended relationship; the 1976 hit version revisits the same breakup, and in essence is a reflection of the relationship years later.
* Music/{{Coil}}'s version of "Tainted Love" is a slow funerary dirge, apparently [[TheCoverChangesTheMeaning from the perspective of a man dying of AIDS]].
* Slyder's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=38r_E0-k_l0 Neo (RRDS Remix)]] is a mellow Balaeric-style trance track, in contrast with the driving epic trance style of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m0KMIV8gsUo the original]], which was featured in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIII'' on the Rise FM station.
* Music/TheFray did this to Music/KanyeWest's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LBTdJHkAr5A&ob=av2n Heartless]], giving it a much more depressing slant.
* Music/{{Lights}}' ''Acoustic'' EP includes unplugged versions of the singles "River", "February Air", and "Saviour", as well as a cover of Rancid's "Fall Back Down". ''The Listening'' also has a piano version of "Pretend", and the entirety of the ''Siberia'' album was given an acoustic rearrangement.
* JoseGonzalez did an acoustic cover of TheKnife's "Heartbeats", which ended up [[CoveredUp outshining the original]] [[RevivalByCommercialization due to commercialization]].
* Xorcist's "Scorched Blood: Rising From the Ashes".
* Copeland's rendition of The Police's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yWsLmQtuoSk "Every Breath You Take"]].
* Music/BoyceAvenue gave this treatment to, among others, Music/KatyPerry's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oh5oKzDLOPE "Teenage Dream"]], making it much more romantic in tone and removing the IntercourseWithYou aspect of it. "Lets just talk all through the night, there's no need to rush." Works well.
** Speaking of "Teenage Dream", Creator/DarrenCriss in his concerts often performs a (different) slowed down version of the song that he arranged himself. The arrangement was given a wider exposure on ''Series/{{Glee}}''.
* Music/{{Moby}}'s version of Music/BadBrains' "Sailin' On" turns a manic HardcorePunk song into a contemplative ballad. It works because the original is basically in the "Over You" category of {{Breakup Song}}s
* Music/PearlJam's cover of [[GriefSong "Last Kiss"]] by Wayne Cochran. The original version was [[LyricalDissonance upbeat, while Pearl Jam's version seems more appropriate, given the subject matter.]]
* Music/TheCruxshadows recorded [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mte8wxp3_nE an acoustic folk ballad version of "Winterborn"]], which is a major TearJerker, in contrast with [[LyricalDissonance the angsty but upbeat original]].
* Music/RageAgainstTheMachine, of all bands, did a cover of Music/{{Devo}}'s "Beautiful World" on their album ''Renegades''. Where the original song was ironically upbeat, the cover is antithetical to RATM's usual style, being slower and melodic, but simultaneously, [[TranquilFury angrier than the original]].
* Steve Earle's take on Townes Van Zandt's "Rake" is this.
* Music/SunnO covered Music/{{Metallica}}'s "FWTBT" and Immortal's "Cursed Realms", and not surprisingly, both are nearly unrecognizable.
* The Frozen Autumn [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kvrX6BpcTxI covered]] Decoded Feedback's [[HarshVocals aggro]] [[{{Industrial}} EBM]] track [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IoKlVa1dG2Y "Bio Vital"]] as a softer and slower {{darkwave}} song. More recently, they remixed their own "Sidereal Solitude" as a neoclassical ballad.
* Most covers of Music/{{Yazoo}}'s "Only You" are like this.
* Music/PhilCollins' cover of "A Groovy Kind of Love," from Film/{{Buster}}. The original was an upbeat flower-child anthem from the '60s; the cover is contemplative and almost ''mournful'' in a way.
* Music/CatPower first appeared on most radars with her cover of "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction", which didn't merely slow the song down to graveyard pace but left out the chorus and the iconic riff.
* M. Ward's cover of Music/DavidBowie's "Let's Dance" [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mbxQ9bvdZgU ups the heartbreak factor]].
* Joey + Rory's cover of [[Music/LynyrdSkynyrd "Free Bird"]] cuts out most of the instrumental sections and puts the focus on the vocals.
* Faux group The Folksmen of ''Movie/AMightyWind'' (the same guys who played Spinal Tap) did a folkish cover of "Start Me Up" for the movie soundtrack, which is ''hilarious''.
* Music/MichaelBuble's cover of Music/MariahCarey's "All I Want For Christmas Is You" slows the tempo from a bubbly pop song to a song of longing for a lover who's far away on Christmas.
* Music/BetteMidler has one of Music/{{TLC}}'s "Waterfalls" that emphasizes the lyrics more, while simultaneously [[TheCoverChangesTheMeaning changing the meaning]] from a DrugsAreBad song into a simple song about a mother not wanting her son to grow up so fast.
* Creator/MollyRingwald has one that doubles as an ActorAllusion: a sultry jazz cover of [[Film/TheBreakfastClub Simple Minds' "Don't You (Forget About Me)"]].
* Isaac Hayes's cover of "Walk On By" by Dionne Warwick is much more somber and slower than the original. The "softer" part is debatable, though, as the song has many climaxes and orchestral rises.
* Canadian jazz singer Creator/EmilieClaireBarlow fits the bill with most (but not all) of her cover tunes. Her cover of an older pop standard, "The Very Thought of You" (from her album with the same name), is six-and-a-half minutes, yet slow and smooth.
* Music/FleetwoodMac guitarist Lindsey Buckingham usually plays a solo acoustic version of his [[OneHitWonder lone solo hit]], "Go Insane", likely because recreating the overdub-heavy original would be extremely difficult live.
* Music/{{Kiesza}}'s cover of Haddaway's "What Is Love".
* Music/OwlCity did this with a stripped-down version of his own song "Good Times," originally an upbeat summer party anthem, here sounding more like all of the party guests have crashed on the couch for the night.
* Music/NickCave's version of Music/{{Pulp}}'s "Disco 2000". Since it appeared as a B-side of Pulp's "Bad Cover Version", quite probably a deliberate parody of the trope.
* Prom Queen have produced softer and slower covers of:
** Music/{{Madonna}}'s [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=guYvX6ZKhcQ "Justify My Love"]], {{in the style of}} [[TheFifties '50s]] [[DanceOfRomance slow dance]]
** Concrete Blonde's [[https://soundcloud.com/prom-queen-1/joey-concrete-blonde "Joey"]], as an acoustic country ballad, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LHFmfWRYb-I which CB themselves also did]].
** Music/DavidBowie's [[https://soundcloud.com/prom-queen-1/lets-dance-david-bowie "Let's Dance"]], [[InMemoriam in honor of his 70th birthday and the first anniversary of his death.]]
** PQ frontwoman Leeni also recorded a [[UsefulNotes/{{Synthwave}} dreamwave]] cover of Music/TheKillers' [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i439M7JZZ0M "Jenny was A Friend of Mine"]].
* Music/RebaMcEntire famously covered the Everly Brothers' 1960 pop hit "Cathy's Clown," turning it from two yukksters joking about how a young man is the butt of Cathy's cruel treatment to a symathetic third-party observer who wants him for real.
* Music/GeorgeStrait did this with his own "I Just Can't Go On Dying Like This," turning it from a honky-tonk swing to a mournful ballad.
* For their stint on Fox's ''Theatre/{{Grease}} Live!'', [=DNCE=] recorded a slow, doo-wop rendition of their SignatureSong "Cake By The Ocean", which they played during the senior prom scene.
* Most of Music/NicoleDollanganger's [[https://nicoledollanganger.bandcamp.com/album/covers covers]] fall under this category.
* The Deluxe Edition of Music/{{Ayria}}'s ''Paper Dolls'' includes stripped-down remixes of "Not Receiving", "Sticks and Stones", and "Barren".
* ''[[Music/{{Vocaloid}} The Disappearance of Hatsune Miku]]'' is almost always done [[MotorMouth at a fast-paced, confusing melody]], regardless of who's singing it (contrary to the title, none of the lyrics specifically mention Miku's name, so the song can be covered by any Vocaloid if the need arises), but [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7UfytTsLpFM one]] cover by [[{{Samurai}} Gakupo]] is sung at a much slower pitch and sounds more like a bittersweet ballad. Considering the [[CharacterDeath implied subject matter]], this kind of makes it [[FaceDeathWithDignity even sadder]].
* Music/{{Adele}}'s [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MjJUxczKAYE take on]] Music/TheCure's "Lovesong".
* Former Bronski Beat frontman Jimmy Somerville reworked their formerly upbeat synthpop hit "Smalltown Boy" as a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OwzpEfUqxPc somber piano ballad]] in 2014.
* Apoptygma Berzerk did a slower minimal synthpop remake of their 2002 futurepop single "Until the End of the World" (no relation to the Music/{{U2}} song) in 2016.
* The ''Music/ConfessionExecutiveCommitteeLoveSeries'' song "Right Now I'm in Love -triangle story-" serves as the softer and slower cover to the original "Right Now, I'm in Love". Both songs are about the singer experiencing heartbreak, but the -triangle story- version makes it sadder, considering that the singer is watching his crush fall in love with another boy from afar. Any other ''Love Series'' song doing a PerspectiveFlip doesn't change the tempo at all, making this particular one notable.
* The song by Music/{{Evanescence}}, "Even in Death", was heavy metal hardness symbolizing hysteria over a death of a loved one in the demo album ''Origins''. In [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_xEVzTDN3c the 2016 version]], Amy Lee changes it into a somber GriefSong on a LonelyPianoPiece to make it more gentle and heartbreaking as well.

[[folder: Sports]]
* The opening ceremony of the 2014 [[TheCommonwealthOfNations Commonwealth Games]] in Glasgow included a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qFV97KAGsAg ballet routine]] to a softer and slower cover of Music/TheProclaimers' highly energetic "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r1OggKaCFKQ I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)]]" by indie band Sleeping At Last.

* ''Amaluna'''s soundtrack has two slow jazz renditions of "All Come Together" as [[HiddenTrack hidden interludes]], and in-show, "O Ma Ley" has a "falling in love" reprise when Romeo and Miranda meet, which is not included on the soundtrack album.
* A recent Broadway revival of "Godspell" took the bouncy, hope-filled "Beautiful City" and made it a slow, acoustic song - which many fans believe gave the song more depth and resonance.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Done for laughs in WebVideo/PawDugan's [[http://thatguywiththeglasses.com/videolinks/teamt/paw/lyrical Lyrical Poetry]], where he reads songs like poems - among others, [[Music/{{Disturbed}} "Down with the Sickness"]], [[Music/{{Slayer}} "Raining Blood"]], and [[Music/TheBeatles "I Am]] [[WordSaladLyrics the Walrus"]].
* [[Music/OzzyOsbourne Crazy Train]] [[BetterThanItSounds works surprisingly well]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iFAL2nTOQ-Q as a sad, quiet, introspective ballad.]]

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''Franchise/MetalGear''
** ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4'': The cover version of the ''Sacco e Vanzetti'' theme, "Here's To You", sung in its original movie as an ironic but genuine cheer, and screeched as a totally-unironic, tear-laden, but totally appropriate tune.
** ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3'' does it to it's own title tune - ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9aHQnDTd1y4 Snake Eater]]'' is a bombastic parody of ''Film/JamesBond'' themes. It's played on a piano during TheReveal. Thing is, you probably wouldn't even notice unless you listened to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BH2n0kX_MxQ the song itself]].
* Used tongue-in-cheek in ''VideoGame/BarkleyShutUpAndJamGaiden'', which has a Vonda Shepard version of Sweet Georgia Brown play after [[spoiler:the defeat of Jordan]].
* ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure'': E-102 Gamma's {{Leitmotif}} is a moderately paced, militaristic techno tune with a piano melody in it. when [[spoiler:Gamma is killed at the end of his story]] the leitmotif removes all but the piano melody, slows it down, and adds horns, making it into an extremely sad song.
** ''VideoGame/SonicAndTheBlackKnight'' has acoustic versions of "It Doesn't Matter" and "Believe in Myself" from the ''Adventure'' games. The soundtrack also contains "Seven Rings in Hand ~ Fairytales in Trance", a slower, even melancholy version of the hard-rocking ''Secret Rings'' theme, now performed by Bentley Jones. The slower speed causes the lyrics to be sung more powerfully, which means they [[WordSaladLyrics actually kinda make sense]].
* In ''VideoGame/{{Drakengard 2}}'', the sinister song ''Growing Wings'' from the first game gains a much slower version and smooth version, which plays for the first time during the scene where [[spoiler:[[TearJerker Caim and Angelus both die together]], and in which we hear for the first time in two games the thoughts of Caim :]]
---> [[spoiler:'''Angelus:''' Is it over, Caim?...]]
---> [[spoiler:'''Caim:''' It's over. We're together now.]]
* The music played over the maps depicting Worlds 1 and S from ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy2'' are actually slowed-down versions of the "Good Egg Galaxy" and "Gusty Garden Galaxy" levels from the first ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy'' game. Also, the music played over the map depicting World 6 is a slowed-down version of the music played when you fight [[BigBad Bowser.]]
* In the SFC version of ''VideoGame/{{Ys}} IV'', and the ''Perfect Collection'' soundtrack album, the music "Crimson Wings" was the standard [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fwTqrQqhz5o RPG rock]] style, but in the UsefulNotes/PCEngine Super CD version, it was rearranged into a slow muzak-style [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZHUZ65gj9s bossa nova]] tune. "Sanctuary of Thunderstorms [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C7d0Fn-fN70 (Valley of Quicksand)]]" was given [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JrzZSGLFkEM similar treatment]]. Likewise, "Subterranean Canals" from ''Ys II'' had a downtempo remix on that game's ''Perfect Collection'' album.
* The main theme to ''VideoGame/DungeonSiege'', which is normally a fast-paced orchestra and piano piece, gets a slower, mostly piano version with soft strings accompaniment for the music that plays while inside the nearly-overrun Fort Kroth. Conversely, a higher energy version with extra brass and vocals plays during the FinalBattle theme music.
* ''VideoGame/DanceDanceRevolution Party Collection'' uses an unplugged version of "Remember You" for its staff roll.
* ''VideoGame/RaidenIII'''s credits AwardBaitSong, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ckSWmk_tzpg "Fairy"]], contains a softer reprise of the second half of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mU6M74nwEqc "Lightning Strikes"]].
* The Special Mode in the PSX version of ''VideoGame/RayCrisis'' ends with a slow RepriseMedley of the series' highlight songs.
* One of the many, many bonus features in Christmas VideoGame/{{NiGHTS}} is a cover of the main game's end theme song ''Dreams Dreams'' done by a male R&B group as an acapella.
* ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'''s credits music is a softer and slower version of the ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' theme.
* ''VideoGame/SyphonFilterLogansShadow'' has a version of the series' theme in this style.
* ''VideoGame/PanelDePon'' plays a music box version of Lip's theme, Windy's theme, or Elias's theme when the player receives a GameOver in Vs. mode.
* ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'' has [[https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=CzM2oWtTAws "But Nobody Came"]], an ominous and creepy theme used during the Genocide route. Speeding it up reveals that it is a slowed down version of [[spoiler:Flowey's theme.]]
* The PlayStation port of ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}} 2'' uses a slower, creepier arrangement of Kazuya's theme for his [[OneWingedAngel Devil form]], unlike the arcade version, where both forms used the same arrangement. Likewise several of the PSX reaarrangements of the stage themes, as well as the mid-boss theme, are more relaxed than their arcade counterparts.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Superjail}}'': The opening song is given a slower, softer acoustic treatment when Jacknife is being sent to real jail in the season finale.
* A ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' episode where Peter tries to help his father-in-law win back his wife by singing a dramatic rendition of "Surfin' Bird".
* Not A Clever Pony's remixes of the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hCv6Q8wpqew title theme]] and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FcAgUo_-D04 "The Art of the Dress"]] from ''MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''
** The main theme has an [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=158E-cPZYA0 arrangement]] of this type that was produced for the ending credits of ''WesternAnimation/EquestriaGirls'', but it was cut and replaced with "A Friend For Life" instead.