The 10 Best Indie Rock Beyoncé Covers

It’s going to be impossible to claim that Beyoncé Knowles has “quietly” put together a vicious song catalog, stocked with everything from heart-wrenching ballads to shamelessly fun bangers, but she has done it without some of the fanfare associated with other pop stars. And, you know, the musical work is stellar; it makes a ton of sense that others have dove into reinterpreting her songs. Jumping off with yesterday’s cover by The Horrors, here’s the ten best indie rock covers of Beyoncé’s sterling, still-growing catalog.











This isn’t at all a cover, because it’s a reference track for a song The-Dream wrote with Beyoncé, but it’s so good that it’s worth including via any applicable, albeit thin, rationale.

If you’ve got other leads, post them in the comments.

UPDATE: Sleigh Bells cover “Irreplaceable.”

Comments (24)
  1. Yesssss, my 3 all time fave of Beyonce is in the list….. Hell yeah, The Big Pink, Florence & the Machine, Antony & the Johnsons and recent The Horrors cover!!! Not sure for the Major Lazer one, kinda mess up….

  2. This should be in there (although not technically Beyonce solo): http://youtu.be/Hne8eY3Uo0U

  3. Antony cover is still one of my favorites. Such gorgeous arrangement.

    Also Sonnymoon covered “Yes” from Dangerously in Love, I think.

  4. The Major Lazer/Elephant Man track is sick

  5. Port O’Brien link isn’t working.. can you fix???

  6. missing: mr little jeans’ “single ladies”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kbj3B_ddpWU

  7. Elbow’s cover of “Independent Women” is great.

  8. where’s novi split?

  9. Beyonce rocks. Those who love indie and pop should check out our review of Oh Land’s “Wolf & I”
    http://unapologeticallypop.blogspot.com/2011/10/oh-land-is-oh-so-good.html

  10. The Harper Blynn cover is stellar. Absolutely magnificent!

  11. Major LZR is indie rock for sure.

  12. Where’s Patrick and Eugene?!

  13. nah the best is Big Profile’s cover of ‘She Cant Love You’ from Destinys Childs 2nd album. It is one of the best covers I have EVER heard! (but I think they call it ‘He Cant Love You’ )

  14. yo, you guys forgot reba mccintires cover of ‘if i were a boy’

  15. ceo ceo ceo… sounds like champagne bottle opened with a sword in a company of naked girls

  16. These Top Ten lists keep getting stranger.

  17. this sounded like the 10 worst covers tbh =( i really liked harper blynn’s and the dream’s ref track, but thats about it

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