August 1, 2012

A 160+ Cover Song Playlist

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So. I know it’s Wednesday, but in light of my going AWOL last Friday I’m releasing two playlists this week. The first is very near and dear to my heart: freaking cover songs. I can’t get enough of cover songs, they are my musical weakness. This week more than ever, I want you commenting if your favorite is missing.

About the list: Of course, there are multiple covers of the same song. There’s like six “Hallelujahs” up in there (okay — there are three, and the one by Brandi Carlile is really worth a listen). There are also a few songs that are so heavily attributed to the person who covered them that it seems impossible that the song belonged to anyone else (“Nothing Compares 2 U” and every freaking Janis Joplin song come to mind. I assure you they are covers.) Finally, there’s a ton of bird and the bee because… obviously. The full list is below, but also — there are a few songs I absolutely adore that Spotify would not allow me to have, and so six of them are listed below as bonus listening material. Here is the playlist.

1. “Everywhere” — Vampire Weekend covering Fleetwood Mac

2. “Young Folks” — The Kooks covering Peter, Bjorn & John

3. “Knock on Wood” — The Knocks covering Eddie Floyd

4. “Band on the Run” — Foo Fighters covering the Wings

5. “Jolene” — The White Stripes covering Dolly Parton

6. “Creep” — The Afghan Whigs covering TLC

The playlist, in its entirety.

Kings Off Cash – A Little Less Conversation
The Black Keys – Dearest
She & Him – Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want
Cat Power – Sea of Love
Elton John – Signed Sealed Delivered
Nick Cave – She’s Not There
Pete Yorn – Ever Fallen In Love
Green Day – Tired Of Waiting For You
Richard Cheese – Creep
They Might Be Giants – Istanbul
Soft Cell – Tainted Love
Jose Gonzalez – Heartbeats
The English Beat – The Tears Of A Clown
The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Hound Dog – BBC Sessions
Superbus – Boys Don’t Cry
T.V. Carpio – I Want To Hold Your Hand
Megan Nicole – The Cave (acoustic cover version originally by Mumford & Sons)
Seu Jorge – Rebel Rebel
Tyler Ward – Teenage Dream (Katy Perry Acoustic Cover)
the bird and the bee – Rich Girl
Boyce Avenue – Disturbia
Red Hot Chilli Pipers – Low Rider
Gold Lake – Here Comes the Sun
the bird and the bee – I’m Into Something Good
Dinosaur Jr. – Just Like Heaven
Korn – Word Up!
Ben Folds – In Between Days
Ben – Seven Nation Army
The Shins – We Will Become Silhouettes – Performed By The Shins
Tyler Ward – E.T. (Katy Perry Acoustic Cover)
Ike & Tina Turner – Get Back
the bird and the bee – Heard It On The Radio
the bird and the bee – Private Eyes
the bird and the bee – She’s Gone
Nancy Sinatra – Day Tripper
Cat Power – (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction
Dynamite Hack – Boyz-N-The Hood
the bird and the bee – Sara Smile
Urge Overkill – Girl, You’ll Be a Woman Soon
The Smashing Pumpkins – Landslide
Nouvelle Vague – Dancing With Myself
Taken By Trees – My Boys
Charles Bradley (feat. Menahan Street Band) – Stay Away
Meaghan Smith – Here Comes Your Man
Cassettes Won’t Listen – Need You Tonight
Ani Difranco – Wishin’ and Hopin’
Blind Melon – Three Is A Magic Number
Stevie Wonder – We Can Work It Out
Florence + The Machine – Addicted To Love
Muse – Feeling Good
Reel Big Fish – Take On Me – Best Of
Fountains Of Wayne – …Baby One More Time
Maria Doyle Kennedy – How You Remind Me
Birdy – Skinny Love
The Kooks – Victoria
Jazzystics – Walking On Sunshine
The Kooks – Pumped Up Kicks (BBC Live Version)
Marilyn Manson – Tainted Love
Letters To Cleo – I Want You To Want Me
Violent Femmes – Crazy
Corinne Bailey Rae – I Wanna Be Your Lover
311 – Love Song
Cee Lo Green – No One’s Gonna Love You
Alien Ant Farm – Smooth Criminal
Marilyn Manson – I Put A Spell On You
the bird and the bee – Maneater
Keane – With Or Without You – Jo Whiley Show – BBC Session 24/11/2004
Bat For Lashes – I’m On Fire
Adele – Make You Feel My Love
Gary Jules – Mad World
Chromeo – I Can’t Tell You Why – Exclusive
Sia – Under The Milky Way
James Vincent McMorrow – Higher Love
the bird and the bee – I Can’t Go For That
Robert Palmer – I Didn’t Mean To Turn You On
Joss Stone – Fell In Love With A Boy
Johnny Cash – Hurt
Mark Ronson – Valerie featuring Amy Winehouse – Version Revisited
Lauryn Hill – Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You
Junior Parker – Taxman
Hercules – Shelter
Amy Winehouse – Cupid
Jay Smith – I Want It That Way
Anya Marina – Whatever You Like – Single Version
Creedence Clearwater Revival – I Heard It Through The Grapevine – Single Version
Social Distortion – Ring Of Fire
Sheryl Crow – Sweet Child O’ Mine – Rick Rubin New Mix
Señor Coconut & His Orchestra – Kiss
Hindu Love Gods – Raspberry Beret
The Magnets – Dog Days Are Over
Sergio Mendes & Brasil ’66 – Norwegian Wood
Anouk – Losing My Religion (Live At Oosterpoort)
Regina Spektor – Real Love
The Slits – I Heard It Through The Grapevine
She & Him – You Really Got a Hold on Me
Ben Lee – Float On
Sixpence None The Richer – Don’t Dream It’s Over – Top Ten Edit
Goldfinger – 99 Red Balloons
Michael Jackson – Come Together
Earth, Wind & Fire – Got To Get You Into My Life
Sister Hazel – Just What I Needed
Seal – Stand By Me
Kina Grannis – With Or Without You (feat. Kina Grannis)
The Beautiful South – Don’t Fear The Reaper
Petra Haden – Don’t Stop Believin’
Gillian Welch – I’ll Fly Away
Alanis Morissette – King Of Pain – Live/Unplugged Version
Spinners – Working My Way Back To You/Forgive Me, Girl
Halestorm – Bad Romance
Ryan Adams – Wonderwall
Save Ferris – Come On Eileen
Rufus Wainwright – Hallelujah
Ben Folds – Bitches Ain’t Shit
Iron And Wine – Such Great Heights
MxPx – (I’m Gonna Be) 500 Miles
Shiny Toy Guns – Major Tom
Butch Walker – You Belong With Me
Seal – Fly Like An Eagle
Jenny Owen Youngs – Hot In Herre
The Cramps – Fever
Constantines – Islands In The Stream
Passion Pit – Dreams
David Lee Roth – Just A Gigolo / I Ain’t Got Nobody
the bird and the bee – Kiss On My List
Nirvana – The Man Who Sold The World
Far – Pony
Midtown – Your Love
Snow Patrol – Crazy In Love
Scissor Sisters – Comfortably Numb
Janis Joplin – Piece Of My Heart
Orgy – Blue Monday
Obadiah Parker – Hey Ya
Iron Horse – Wherever I May Roam
Janis Joplin – Me And Bobby McGee
Communards with Sarah Jane Morris – Don’t Leave Me This Way
Chris Cornell – Billie Jean
Sophie Ellis-Bextor – Rebellion (Lies)
Jem – Maybe I’m Amazed
The Sundays – Wild Horses
Antony And The Johnsons – Crazy In Love
Fugees – Killing Me Softly With His Song
Cat Power – Moonshiner
Nada Surf – If You Leave
Marilyn Manson – Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) – Album Version (Explicit )
Placebo – Running Up That Hill
A Perfect Circle – What’s Going On
Ike & Tina Turner – Proud Mary
The Kaiser Chiefs – I Heard It Through The Grapevine (War Child)
My Morning Jacket – Rocket Man
Willie Nelson – The Scientist
Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwo‘ole – Over The Rainbow/What A Wonderful World
Fiona Apple – Across The Universe
Cake – I Will Survive
Sinead O’Connor – Nothing Compares 2 U
Michael Marc – All Along The Watchtower (Bob Dylan / Jimi Hendrix – Instrumental)
Dave Clarke – Cars (remix)
Mr Little Jeans – The Suburbs
Lowry – Africa
Polyphonic Spree – Lithium
The Delgados – Mr Blue Sky
My Morning Jacket – West End Girls
The Flying Lizards – Money
Chaka Khan – I Feel For You
Patti Smith – Gloria – Digitally Remastered 1996
Brandi Carlile – Hallelujah – Live at Benaroya Hall with The Seattle Symphony
Easy Star All-Stars – Paranoid Android
Patti Smith – Smells Like Teen Spirit
Jeff Buckley – Hallelujah
Manfred Mann’s Earth Band – Blinded By The Light TC mark

image – The Score
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