From songs by Katy Perry and My Chemical Romance to The Pussycat Dolls, Carly Rae Jepsen and more, discover the best analog versions of top pop hits.
The Sims will celebrate its 23rd anniversary in February 2023, and it's proving to be one of the most popular social sims of the new millennium. A highlight of the series is the number of popular songs recreated in the Simlish fictional language used to communicate in the game world. While pop music has come a long way since The Sims debuted in 2000, the allure of listening to hit records while playing a game will never go out of style.
Whether it's dance pop ditties, rocking club anthems or indie rock ballads and uplifting hip-hop, the best covers of Simlish songs over the years keep gamers coming back time and time again.
"Smile" By Lily Allen
The Sims 2: Seasons
Lily Allen's upbeat reggae-pop track "Smile" was a summer 2006 hit, bringing a big smile to everyone who played it on repeat that day. In July 2006, the first single from Allen's debut album reached number one on the UK Singles Chart (according to the Official Charts), cementing the song's status as a legitimate hit.
Re-recorded for The Sims 2: Seasons by Allen himself in lovely mock language, the catchy melody is both melodic and melancholic At first, but it morphs into an exhilarating celebration of singles as Ellen gets over her unfaithful partner and enjoys his own karmic rewards.
"Pocket Full Of Sunshine" By Natasha Bedingfield
The Sims 2: FreeTime
Natasha Bedingfield's 2008 smash hit YouTube video has over 75 million views, and "Pocketful of Sunshine" was another hit when it first came out . The song was popularized on MTV's popular reality show The Hills, and was then written on The Sims 2: Free Time, in which Bedingfield's character appears as a Sim in a stunning 3.5-minute music video, The video aired on MTV.
Aside from the painstakingly reworked music video to promote the game on MTV, the song itself is an addictive song with a haunting refrain that sounds as melodious in Simlish as it is in English. It's one of the reasons many gamers still prefer The Sims 2 over later versions.
"Don't Cha" By The Pussycat Dolls
The Sims 2: Pets
When the Pussycat Dolls took the world by storm in 2005, it was inevitable that there would be The Pussycat Dolls' ubiquitous club anthem "Don't Cha". This hilarious pop phenomenon turned the girl group into superstars and has been a mainstay on radio and in the dance hall. Believe it or not, this is Written by Busta Rhymes and Ceelo Green, the former appearing on the song.
"Don't Cha" was remastered for The Sims 2: Pets expansion pack, featuring the same highly replayable appeal as the original. In fact, some viewers of the YouTube Simlish version of the video claimed that the cover was better than the original, showing that good music goes beyond words and goes straight to the heart.
"Last Friday Night" By Katy Perry
The Sims 3
While pop singer Katy Perry has recorded many of her songs in Simlish, none topped her chart-topping rendition of "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)", a dance-pop hit that took the world by storm in the summer of 2011 , hinting at Perry's secret relationship. YouTube music videos currently have 1.4 billion views, indicating their incredible popularity.
Aside from the catchiness of the tune itself, what makes the Simlish version in The Sims 3 extra special is how Perry recorded it himself, singing it with zero pretense of a pop diva. What's even cooler is that the song is featured in Katy Perry's exclusive confectionary packaging, filled with colorful confectionary collectibles.
"Na Na Na" By My Chemical Romance
The Sims 3: Late Night
Few rock bands have been as popular as My Chemical A 2000s romance, their angst-ridden, screaming emo track "Na Na Na" took over radio in the fall of 2010. The song was recreated for The Sims 3: Late Night, and the pulsating onomatopoeia chorus sounds almost Simlish. So this is a great version.
Punching, aggressive, and frenetic, the rock anthem's sheer drive amounts to a real toe-clapper, with fans dancing to it or banging their heads in the same way. While some Simling-language versions of the hit sounded wildly different lyrically, "Na Na Na" is catchy, loud and recognizable.
"We Are Young" By Fun
The Sims 3: Showtime
The lead single "We Are Young" from Fun's second album Some Nights, starring Janelle Monae, sold over 10 million copies (according to Forbes) and became a certified Diamond hit. The hit is operatic, upbeat and brooding, with a chorus so moving it's impossible not to feel the emotions of singers Mona and Nate Ross.
"We Are Young" was recorded in Simlish for The Sims 3: Showtime, replacing the title lyric with "Wee Bah You", in a hilariously endearing yet deeply touching way. Generations of indie rock songs with massive stadium appeal, Thousands of people gather to echo the days of youth and zest for life.
"Little Talks" By Of Monsters And Men
The Sims 3: Seasons
With 340 million views on its YouTube music video alone, Of Monsters And Men's debut single "Little Talks" rocked the world in ways the winter of 2011 hadn't seen before. Triumphant horns, lyrical duets and vital choruses fuse multiple musical genres to create sublime new sounds that take indie-alternative rock to new territories.
"Little Talks" was remastered for The Sims 3: Seasons expansion pack, lightening the deeply original lyrics with a gibberish lightness that's sure to make fans of the song laugh while they play. Despite the imagery of the original music video, reworking the song in The Sims 3's seasonal summer setting somehow feels more natural.
"Let's Get It Started" By Black Eyed Peas
Urbz: Sims In The City
While the spin-off game Urbz: The Sims in the City failed to resonate with gamers, the Black Eyed Peas' incredibly catchy version of the hip-hop dance single "Let's Do It" wasn't the reason. The group contributed several songs to Sim's English translation, and even played The Sims in the beloved music-based video game. "We're going to get it Started" was featured in the game's promotional campaign, further promoting the iconic song.
At the 47th Annual Grammy Awards, the song won Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group at the 2004 Grammy Awards. -The cultural impact of 2005 cannot be overemphasized. The Simlish version is just as irresistible as the original, especially when played on the band's exclusive "BEP-d Beat" radio station in the game. ^Music video from 2015 at With 47 million views since its debut on her YouTube channel, Carly Rae Jepsen's infectious pop song was hailed as the Musician of the Year by several music critics. One of the best songs ever. Lively, energetic, and feel-good, this song ruled airwaves like no other seven summers ago.
"Runaway With Me" By Carly Rae Jepsen
The Sims 4: Get Together
"Run Away With Me" in Simlish for the acclaimed Roblox The sim game The Sims 4: Get Together expansion pack re-recorded with a breezy, airy vibe that morphs into a wistful, romantic dance track that feels progressive and nostalgic at the same time. Although Incohe rents lyrics, the song's The emotional energy is more real than ever.
The 2007 club hit didn't get much bigger than Nelly's "Hot in Herre," an indelible rap song On the radio and in an endless cycle of announcers everywhere. The song is still so iconic that it reappeared more than a decade later in 2018's The Sims 4: Seasons expansion pack, proving the massive staying power of hit records.
"Hot In Herre" By Nelly
The Sims 4: Seasons
Of course, considering that 2023 probably won't receive the racy lyrics it did in 2007, covering the lyrics with cute analogues in the game is a great way to both celebrate the music and to some extent Condemning the original for its misogynistic message. On top of that, the song is a surprisingly nostalgic track most people never thought would be in a game.
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