Music obsession: covers

  1. “You Really Got a Hold On Me” by She & Him (I could listen to this on repeat for hours. Hours! and you can too — check out the video below!)
  2. “Just Breathe” by Willie Nelson (Willie covering Pearl Jam = awesome)
  3. “Wild Horses” by Chantal Kreviazuk (a beautiful acoustic piano version of the Rolling Stones tune)
  4. “Killing in the Name” and “Ain’t No Sunshine” by Tyrone Wells (Tyrone’s a local guy, one of my favorite singers and I love seeing him live. He’s got two shows coming up – here’s more info).
  5. “Call Me Maybe” by MacKenzie from The Voice — this guy makes the song sound beachy and like something I’m not afraid to be caught listening to.  That’s saying something!
  6. “Sea of Love” by Cat Power
  7. Use Somebody — both Tyrone Wells and Paramore have done great covers of this popular song.
  8. “One Fine Day” by Natalie Merchant, a lovely and slow cover of The Chiffons uptempo original.
  9. Ray LaMontagne smoothed out and slowed down the sass from “Crazy” by Gnarls Barkley.
  10. “How You Like Me Now” by Tona Lucca, one of my favorites from season 2 of The Voice he also covered Britney Spears’ “Baby One More Time” and a cleaned-up-for-tv version of Jay-Z’s “99 Problems” (though on that one, I like the original way better). See the perfomance here.

[Note: this video version of She & Him seems to be a bit rushed (at least more so than their album version Volume One, which I prefer)]

There are a million other great covers out there — check out Esquire’s huge list! — and I’m looking forward to hearing your favorites.