Top Ten Cover Songs of the Decade

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There have been billions of songs written in the last decade but sometimes it's not the new ones that matter, it's the reimaginings. Some people argue a great cover song is decided by it's accuracy to the original, others want something new to be brought into the mix. The collection below includes both as we've taken a long hard look at a lot of cover songs from the last decade. Any of your favorite's we've missed?

10. Firewater - "The Beat Goes On" (original by Sonny and Cher)
This jangly post-rocking version of "The Beat Goes On" is a bit darker than the original, but with lines like "drums keep pounding rhythm to the brain" what the hell are we supposed to expect?

9. My Morning Jacket - "Tyrone" (original by Erykah Badu)
It's probably true this made the list only because we like saying "Badu" a lot, but My Morning Jacket's rendition of this smooth R&B track adds to the ever growing wonder and amazement of the band. We're never entirely certain if My Morning Jacket's over-the-topness is a joke or not, but on this track we don't care.

8. Sparklehorse - "Wish You Were Here" (original by Pink Floyd)
Sparklehorse manages to remain true to the original version of this song while still adding something new. This might be a tried and true-Guitar Hero-karaoke style cover, but that doesn't make it any less worthwhile.


7. Gnarls Barkley - "Gone Daddy Gone" (original Violent Femmes)
We're not exactly sure what it is about Cee-Lo voice, but when he sings "Gone Daddy Gone," it's almost more fitting than Gordon Gano's original high-pitched squeal. Maybe it's just Dangermouse's eccentric backing music and hilarious bell choice, though.

6. Grizzly Bear - "Owner of a Lonely Heart" (original by Yes)
For those that want a cover song to be identical to the original, you might want to check your ego at the door -- Grizzly Bear's rendition of the pompous Yes single is hushed, slightly creepy and nearly beautiful.


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