Best Covers

20 Covers Of Radiohead’s “Creep,” Rated

By Ryan Leas / November 26, 2014 - 2:37 pm
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In the never-ending curious case of Radiohead, you have a slew of their most iconic songs out there — beloved, covered, cited. Songs that have little to nothing to do with them now, whether they’re off The Bends or even something like “No Surprises.” First and foremost of those, of course, is “Creep,” from their… More »


10 Cover Songs By Chvrches, Ranked

By Claire Lobenfeld / November 17, 2014 - 12:04 pm
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It was just over two years ago that Glasgow trio Chvrches first tapped their synth keys into our hearts with their dark, romantic pop. Aside from their Recover EP and full-length debut The Bones Of What You Believe, the band has given us a lot of listening material, covering songs by many other artists at… More »


R.E.M.’s 10 Best Cover Songs

By John Everhart / September 18, 2014 - 1:06 pm
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From the looks of the R.E.M. setlist site remtimeline.com, early R.E.M. gigs were glorified bar-band hootenannies. Before they’d written Murmur and Chronic Town, the band cut their teeth seemingly as philistines, playing sloppy, drunken versions of everything from Creedence to the Sex Pistols. Time passed, R.E.M. became more sophisticated, and their covers eventually became more… More »


Edgy And Dull: 20 Covers Of Bruce Springsteen’s “I’m On Fire,” Rated

By Ryan Leas / August 6, 2014 - 11:10 am
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A few weeks back, we premiered Low’s cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “I’m On Fire,” and it was great (more on that below). It’s their contribution to a forthcoming Springsteen tribute titled Dead Man’s Town, a compilation marking the thirtieth anniversary of Born In The U.S.A. (and taking its name from that album’s title track). Betwee… More »


The 20 Best Indie Rock Madonna Covers

By Scott Lapatine / March 27, 2012 - 11:01 am
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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… More »


The 10 Best xx Covers

By Corban Goble / October 19, 2011 - 2:19 pm
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The xx’s music is fertile ground for imaginative covers, thanks to the space that the band creates and maintains within its own songs. Inspired by yesterday’s Tracey Thorn w/ Ben Watt cover of “Night Time,” we’ve collected nine more of the best xx tributes. Including a bonus Taylor Momsen cover! Score! Previously: The 10 BestMore »


The 10 Best Indie Rock Beyoncé Covers

By Stereogum / October 14, 2011 - 10:24 am
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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 to… More »


Weezer’s 30 Best Cover Songs

By Scott Lapatine / July 14, 2011 - 11:03 am
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Since winning our nerdy hearts in the mid ’90s, Weezer have surprised us with weirdo career moves that may alienate some old-school fans but bolster their off-kilter appeal to a new generation. For example, naming and designing an album around a character from Lost. Or branding their own Snuggie. Or collaborating with Kenny G and… More »


Download Bat For Lashes’ 10 Best Cover Songs

By Scott Lapatine / June 7, 2011 - 3:29 pm
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Yesterday we posted a live version of an ethereal new tune Bat For Lashes did at Australia’s Vivid Festival. The second part of the Opera House set was performed acoustic with a string quartet — six songs of which five were covers (The Cure, Depeche Mode, Peter Gabriel, Radiohead, Dimitri Tiomkin/Ned Washington). Over the past… More »


Download Radiohead’s 20 Best Cover Songs

By Scott Lapatine / May 26, 2011 - 2:20 pm
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If you watched Radiohead’s 2007 thumbs_down webcast (or perused the occasional Dead Air Space office chart or Low End Theory playlist) you have a good sense of Thom Yorke and band’s wide-ranging and occasionally obscure musical taste. For this latest installment of our Best Cover Songs series (previously: Death Cab For Cutie, Bon Iver) I… More »


Download Bon Iver’s 10 Best Cover Songs

By Scott Lapatine / May 17, 2011 - 1:41 pm
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On “Calgary,” Justin Vernon’s vocals lay in a cloud of gloomy synths and anxious electric guitar tones, suggesting a sonic shift from the grainy For Emma formula. But not too much has changed — the ghostly falsetto remains Bon Iver’s calling card. JV’s voice has also been unmistakable on recent collaborations (GAYNGS, Volcano Choir, MyMore »


Download Ben Gibbard & Death Cab For Cutie’s Best Cover Songs

By Scott Lapatine / April 11, 2011 - 11:35 am
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Last month Death Cab For Cutie returned to the spotlight with “You Are A Tourist,” the great first single and video from their forthcoming Codes And Keys. A sunny addition to our spring playlist, it recalls brighter moments of mid-period Cure when it’s not channeling “Float On.” That’s fitting given how Ben Gibbard’s got five… More »