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When a Talented Musician Covers a Phenomenal Song by an Incredible Artist

Very few things eclipse the experience of a talented musician reinterpreting a song from a great artist. Herewith, a few exhibits for the court's consideration:


1. Kings of Leon covering Robyn's "Dancing on My Own" for a cry-your-eyes-out win.


2. Eddie Vedder taking on Hunters & Collectors "Throw Your Arms Around Me." There's a reason this is one of Australia's all-time favorite songs. The lyrics, people. So shed your skin and let's get started.



3. This Mortal Coil (with vocals by the incomparable Elizabeth Fraser) covering Tim Buckley's "Song to the Siren." Shivers.



4. HAIM does everything right. Always. Here are the HAIM sisters having fun with coffee cups, cans, and Selena Gomez's "Bad Liar."


5. Miley Cyrus is a person who does what she wants. And when Miley Cyrus wants to sing Blondie's "Heart of Glass," I want that, too.



6. Spiritualized's space-rock update of The Troggs' "Anyway that You Want Me" is magic.



7. Pet Shop Boys snatched the "Always on My Mind" baton from Brenda Lee, Elvis, and Willie Nelson, and turnt it into an '80s pop hit. And now it's always on my ... you know. The Killers and PSB performed the song at Glastonbury in 2019, and they did a fine job of it.



8. I was giddy when Walk the Moon brought back Talking Heads' "Burning Down the House." They attack this song like little kids who've just learned how to play instruments. They're having a blast and so they painted a sign and invited their friends over to hear them play in their basement. I'll bet their mom made really good brownies for them to eat afterward.



9. Lucinda Williams' "Righteously" is so sick (as the kids say these days), like whiskey neat in a smoky bar. Anna Ash's version is smooth as hell, like an old fashioned at a garden party. Choose a version based on today's mood.


10. Buddy Holly. I love Buddy Holly. And I love Buddy Holly singing "Love Is Strange," the song first made popular by Mickey & Sylvia and repopularized by Dirty Dancing in the nineteen hundred eighties. But long before Patrick Swayze, there was Buddy Holly.



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