Generally speaking, I don’t usually dote on cover bands or people covering other artists’ music. But lately, I’ve been on a real music cover bender and I’m not even ashamed. In the words of Bop It!, some people just, “do it the same but, uh, better!” While there are hundreds – nay – thousands of re-dos and remixes, I narrowed down my top ten picks you can enjoy as a respite from this cold.
1. Capital Cities – Stayin Alive (originally Bee Gees)
Always a classic. Plus, absolutely superb in concert. Close second is Fitz and the Tantrums covering Sweet Dreams by the Eurythmics.
2. Lily Allen – Somewhere Only We Know (originally Keane)
Keane’s album “Hopes and Fears” will always be a favorite of mine but there’s something about a slowed down British version of this song that is so relaxing.
3. Obadiah Parker – Hey Ya (originally Outkast)
I love someone who can take a song and completely make it their own. Obadiah Parker does just that in his Hey Ya cover. There’s always some hilarity involved in taking down the tempo of a rap song too.
4. Iron and Wine – Such Great Heights (originally The Postal Service)
I would be lying if I said this wasn’t on my nap playlist… But it is sleepy in the best way.
5. Birdy – Young Blood (originally The Naked & Famous)
The original of this song will always remind me of my time living in Prague because it was one of my favorites at the time. I found this version a few months back and love it just as much as the original – a tough feat!
6. Ellie Goulding – Your Song (originally Elton John)
I love Elton John as much as the next person but… I think Ellie does this one better. Sorry, Sir!
7. The Bird and The Bee – I Can’t Go For That (originally Hall & Oates)
It’s no secret The Bird and The Bee is popular around these parts. Mixed with a little Hall & Oates and I am one happy camper.
8. Tracy Bonham – Crazy In Love (originally Beyonce)
Anyone who covers Beyonce and pulls it off deserves the world’s biggest high-five.
9. Pomplamoose – September (originally Earth, Wind & Fire)
Pomplamoose. Pomplamoose. Pomplmoose. Just keep saying that over and over again as you listen to this jam.
10. Beautiful Small Machines – Paper Planes (originally M.I.A.)
This one I definitely favor over the original. Play. End. Repeat.