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Catch All Music

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.

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