Here are some excellent covers starting off with Dana Owens' (Queen Latifah) absolutely awesome version:
And a most rockin' version by the John Mayer Trio
The "Classic Rock" sound of the Carpenters
Beautiful choral style of Scala and Kolancy Brothers
A little course but almost sweet
A nice disco version by Royal Gigolos
Brazilian bossa nova and jazz singer-Rosa Marya Colin
The rest of the covers in my playlist:
- Hi-STANDARD - California Dreamin'
- Wes Montgomery "California Dreaming" (1966)
- California Dreaming, (Thursdelight)
- George Benson California Dreamin'
- Michael Chapdelaine: California Dreaming Live TV Performance
- Johnny Rivers - California Dreaming - France
- Stillbruch - California Dreamin'
Plus those who can get the lyrics right
And the original Mamas and Papas Version