best of 2012: top five covers

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Kicking off “Best of 2012″ week a little early with my top five cover songs from this year.  Next week, I’ll post my favorite EPs, songs, and albums, along with some of Dan’s favorites (and least favorites) of the year.

As I’ve ranted about before, covers can be a tricky thing, particularly if you’re a fan of the original song.  Too close to the original, and its karaoke.  Too far from the original, and it’s blasphemy. Here are a few I thought hit that sweet spot.


Honorable Mentions:

Lykki Li – “Silver Springs” (Fleetwood Mac cover)
Belle & Sebastian – “Crash” (The Primatives cover)
Memoryhouse – “This Will Be Our Year” (The Zombies cover)

5. Titus Andronicus – “Oh Bondage! Up Yours!”
(X-Ray Spex cover)

 

permanent wave

 

4. Buxton – “Psycho Killer” (Talking Heads cover)

 

buxton talking heads

 

3. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti & Dam-Funk – “Baby”
(Donnie & Joe Emerson cover)

 

ariel pink dam-funk cover baby

 

2. TRAILS AND WAYS – “Sure Thing” (Miguel cover)

 

trails and ways

 

1. Zola Jesus – “Diamonds” (Rihanna cover)

 

zola jesus

 

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8 comments
  1. I have to get googling I have never heard of any of these bands either… your making me feel old!

    • Haha, well be sure to check some of them out – all good.

  2. carly said:

    have you heard Ben Howard’s “call me maybe” cover?

    • who hasn’t covered that song?! trying to decide if i’m going to include a call me maybe mashup on my list of best songs

  3. The Ariel Pink and Trails and Ways covers are definitely great.

    • trails and ways gets extra points for being creative with the lyrics

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