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The Best Cover Songs of 2010

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This year saw quite a few bands taking cracks at covers of songs both new and old. From bare bones beautiful interpretations of The Smashing Pumpkins, Miike Snow, and LCD Soundsystem to full on genre flipping of Jay-Z and Justice, to a different blend of herbs and spices on Band of Horses and Beyoncé, it’s clear that there is no magic formula to a great cover. These are the one’s I loved the most this past year. You?

10. ♫ ceo – Halo (Beyoncé Cover)

9. ♫ Jackson Harris – Empire State Of Mind (Jay-Z cover)

8. ♫ Matisyahu – Use Somebody (Kings of Leon cover w/ beatboxing)

7. ♫ Hawa – D.A.N.C.E. (Justice Cover)

6. ♫ Telephoned – O.N.E. (Yeasayer x Gyptian cover)

5. ♫ Passion Pit – Tonight, Tonight (Smashing Pumpkins cover)

4. ♫ Sky Ferreira – Animal (Miike Snow cover)

3. ♫ Hugo – 99 Problems (Jay-Z Cover)

2. ♫ Cee Lo Green – No One’s Gonna Love You (Band Of Horses cover)

1. ♫ Stephen Francis – All My Friends (LCD Soundsystem cover)

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Brandon is obsessed with popcorn, sandwiches, and new music.

  • Andy

    Ellie Goulding – Sweet Disposition (Temper Trap Cover)?

  • Jean22

    Great list! I love that “Empire State of Mind” cover by Jackson Harris!

  • Whitey

    I like the Stephen Francis cover of All My Friends but I think the Franz Ferdinand version is funkier!

  • http://www.TheBurningEar.com/ Brandon @ TBE

    Hmm, haven’t heard it but looks good! Tracking it down now…

  • http://www.TheBurningEar.com/ Brandon @ TBE

    Yeah, it’s spot on!

  • Cooltothemaxx77

    The Jackson Harris cover is by far the best

  • Ritualman

    no it sucks

  • http://www.TheBurningEar.com/ Brandon @ TBE

    Yeah, I hear ya, but to me the FF cover just sounds like FF covering LCD. Nothing fresh is happening. Francis flips the song into a whole nother animal. At least to me!

  • http://www.TheBurningEar.com/ Brandon @ TBE

    no hateration in this dancery

  • http://www.TheBurningEar.com/ Brandon @ TBE

    it’s pretty darn good!

  • http://notificationsofnonsense.wordpress.com/ Nlooney10

    What about “Halo” by Major Lazer?

  • http://www.TheBurningEar.com/ Brandon @ TBE

    I never really got into their version.

  • http://www.TheBurningEar.com/ Brandon @ TBE

    I never really got into their version.

  • Anonymous

    The ‘All My Friends’ and ‘Tonight, Tonight’ covers are particular highlights for me.

  • KB

    Lissie – Pursuit Of Happiness

  • http://www.TheBurningEar.com/ Brandon @ TBE

    Nothing quite like a toned down cover to really pull out the magic of the original

  • http://www.TheBurningEar.com/ Brandon @ TBE

    Hmm, didn’t catch that one. Thanks.

  • wantto12.blogspot.com

    Barbara´s version of Pursuit of Happiness is just magic. Also, Javier Dunn´s version of Miike Snow´s Animal is great! Keep up the good work, I like your stuff!

  • http://www.TheBurningEar.com/ Brandon @ TBE

    True, Barbara’s cover totally slipped through the cracks on this list. My bad. Haven’t heard that “Animal” cover! Gotta get that!

  • Kristyn

    Your Best of 2010 song list was what I most looked forward to in 2011. Thanks for introducing me to The Dance Party, Miike Snow, Das Racist, The Rural Alberta Advantage, and so many more.

  • Kristyn

    Your Best of 2010 song list was what I most looked forward to in 2011. Thanks for introducing me to The Dance Party, Miike Snow, Das Racist, The Rural Alberta Advantage, and so many more.

  • http://www.TheBurningEar.com/ Brandon @ TBE

    Wooo! My pleasure Kristyn! How could I live with myself if you weren’t grooving to those jams!?

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  • Dan

    Awesome List Brandon, thanks for considering my email regarding Stephen Francis!

  • http://www.TheBurningEar.com/ Brandon @ TBE

    No Dan, the thanks go to you. Big ups for sending that along! What a recording!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HXZO26LF2N7PWD666EXQG4GAYM Jenine

    I have to say my favorite is Ashes to Ashes(David Bowie) by Warpaint. Check it out….it is amazing.

  • http://www.TheBurningEar.com/ Brandon @ TBE

    Cool! Thanks J

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