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The 20 Best Indie Rock Madonna Covers

By Scott Lapatine / March 27, 2012

From the Super Bowl to ULTRA, it’s been an awkward launch for MDNA. But to be fair, Madonna’s 12th album, while not stylistically groundbreaking, has its moments and it’ll certainly take more than a few negative reviews to keep them off the charts (she has more top 10 Billboard hits than any artist ever). With that in mind, we thought we’d revisit some of the Queen of Pop’s indelible tracks via covers that have popped up over the years. Worth special mention are two tribute albums — Manimal Vinyl’s Through The Wilderness (2007) and Paper Bag Records’ True Blue — that account for some of the best indie rock versions of Madonna out there. Completists can check out Virgin Voices: A Tribute To Madonna (1999) too, but there’s a reason no songs from that comp appear on this list. Beyond that, we’ve got folk from Jon Auer and Ryan Adams, experimental rock from Ciccone Youth and The Flaming Lips, and not one LMFAO remix. Let us know your favorite.

20. You Say Party – “Love Makes The World Go Round”
19. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – “Everybody”
18. The Bird And The Bee – “Material Girl”
17. Tori Amos – “Like A Prayer”
16. Winter Gloves – “True Blue”
15. The Enemy – “Hung Up”
14. John Wesley Harding – “Like A Prayer”
13. Juliana Hatfield – “Gone”
12. Miniature Tigers – “Take A Bow”
11. The Prayers – “Cherish”
10. Teenage Fanclub – “Like A Virgin”
9. Ciccone Youth – “Into The Groove(y)”
8. Jonathan Wilson – “La Isla Bonita”
7. Drop Nineteens – “Angel”
6. Young Galaxy – “Open Your Heart”
5. Jon Auer – “Beautiful Stranger”
4. Lavender Diamond – “Like A Prayer”
3. Ryan Adams – “Like A Virgin”
2. Giant Drag – “Oh Father”
1. The Flaming Lips With Stardeath & The White Dwarfs – “Borderline”

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