Top Ten Cover Songs of the Decade
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?
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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.