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35 Covertracks that might just be better than the originals

Here’s a list of some of my favorite covertracks, counting down to the very best. I’m absolutely sure that I have forgotten some songs that should be on the list, so look out for vol. II sometime in the future.

35: Sinéad o´Connor – “Nothing Compares 2 U”
– Originally: Prince.

34: Fugees – “Killing Me Softly With His Song”
– Originally: Lori Liebermann.

33: Talking Heads – “Take Me To The River”
– Orginally: Al Green.

32: Bettye LaVette – ” I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got”
– Originally: Sinéad o´Connor.

31: Teitur – “Great Balls Of Fire”
– Originally: Jerry Lee Lewis.

30: Israel Kamakawiwo’ole – “Over The Rainbow”
– Originally: Judy Garland.

29: Siouxsie And The Banshees – “This Wheel’s On Fire”
– Originally: Bob Dylan.

28: Rolling Stones – “Not Fade Away”
– Originally: Buddy Holly.

27: Maxwell – “This Womans Work”
– Originally: Kate Bush.

26: The Goons – “Unchained Melody”
– Originally: Todd Duncan.

25: Feist – “Inside And Out”
– Originally: The Bee Gees.

24: The Beatles – “Twist And Shout”
– Originally: The Top Notes.

23: José González – “Heartbeats”
– Originally: The Knife.

22: Carpenters – (They Long To Be) Close To You
– Originally: Burt Bacharach.

21: Nina Simone – “I Put A Spell On You”
– Originally: Jay Hawkins.

20: Florence + The Machine – “You’ve Got The Love”
– Originally: Candi Staton.

19: Regina Spektor – “Real Love”
– Originally: John Lennon / The Beatles.

18: Al Green – “How Can You Mend A Broken Heart”
– Originally: The Bee Gees.

17: Scissor Sisters – “Comfortably Numb”
– Orginally: Pink Floyd.

16: Kate Bush – “Lord Of The Reedy River”
– Originally: Donovan

15: Mark Ronson Feat. Amy Winehouse: “Valerie”
– Originally: The Zutons.

14: Soap&Skin – “Janitor Of Lunacy”
– Originally: Nico

13: Michael Andrews Feat. Gary Jules – “Mad World”
– Originally: Tears For Fears.

12: Cat Power – “I Found A Reason”
– Originally: Velvet Underground.

11: Aretha Franklin – “RESPECT”
– Originally: Otis Redding.

10: Barry White – “Just The Way You Are”
– Originally: Billy Joel.

9: Björk – “It’s Oh So Quiet”
– Originally: Betty Hutton.

8: Billy Paul – “Your Song”
– Originally: Elton John.

7: Bat For Lashes – “I’m On Fire”
– Originally: Bruce Springsteen.

6: Earth, Wind & Fire – “Got To Get You Into My Life”
– Originally: The Beatles.

5: The Clash – “I Fought The Law”
– Originally: Sonny Curtis.

4: Patti Smith – “Gloria”
– Originally: Van Morrison / Them.

3: The Jimmy Hendrix Experience – “All Along The Watchtower”
– Originally: Bob Dylan

2: Johnny Cash – “Hurt”
– Originally: Nine Inch Nails.

1: Jeff Buckley – “Halleluja”
– Originally: Leonard Cohen.

So here you have them, if you disagree, agree or or simply have a suggestion for other great covertracks, please leave a reply below.

Gallows – CocoRosie

Written by CocoRosie, from the album “Grey Oceans” 2010.

This is one of the most haunting and mesmerizing tracks by sisters Sierra and Bianca Casady.
Rarely has a song and a video enhanced each other more than this track has. Both the song and the video tells the story of a tragic love between ” The Bloody Twins”, and a man that loves them both.

In an interview with POPMATTERS, Bianca Casady said: “. There’s all kinds of mythology in characters that have come out of our music that sometimes start from the voice. Like we have this character called The Bloody Twins, which are kind of gothic Siamese twin sisters. We did a song called “Bloody Twins” on our third record and then on the next album there’s a song called “Gallows”, and there’s a video, and it was an image on our record cover. It started actually with an experiment in our studio, a vocal experiment. Sierra was singing with these two voices really really close together, a certain double, and for us it was this clear image of these twins, and all this imagery, a story, started to pull out just from something that happened vocally.”

A quick summary of the plot, the way I understand it: The twins and the man are in love. He proposes – they accept, but this bigamy seems to be illegal, so he is sentenced to be hanged. The twins commits suicide by poison under their favorite tree, in order to become part of nature, and when all three are dead, their souls walk together into the sunset.

Both the song and particularly the video is smack full of symbolism.