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11 cover songs that beat the originals

2014-05-22 07:30

Cape Town - We have an obsession with covers because they often highlight a lyric or mix up a beat in a way that's unexpected and addictive to listen to.

This is our countdown of our 11 favourite covers that give us eargasms.

Obviously there are about 100 more we would love to include but we won't torture you like that boo. Unless you're into that kinda thing? Then meet us later with leather and paddle...

Just kidding! Here are the videos :

1) Adele – Promise This (Cheryl Cole Cover)
We kick things off with the incredibly talented Adele’s cover of English tabloid darling Cheryl Cole’s top 10 smash. There’s nothing better than stars fan-girling over other stars like the Rolling in The Deep singer does in this clip.

2) Lorde and Haim – Are You Strong Enough To Be My Man? (Sheryl Crow cover)
Teenage prodigy Lorde and up-and-comers Haim in a duet is what we imagine finding a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow must feel like. Listen to them do a live cover of this 90s classic.

3) Miley Cyrus – Jolene (Dolly Parton cover)
Before Miley started loving Molly and grinding on everyone she recorded a live session, of mostly covers, in a backyard somewhere. It was beautiful and our favourite cover of one of her buxom Godmother’s finest works.

4) Arctic Monkeys – Feels Like We Only Go Backwards (Tame Impala Cover)
Alex Turner (lead singer of the Monkeys) has a voice akin to the crooners of days gone by but with a lovely English twang that can make even the simplest melody improve ten-fold. Listen to him re-work this indie smash from about two years ago.

5) Chloe and Halle – Pretty Hurts (Beyoncé cover)
We know that we’re living dangerously when we say that ANYONE covering Queen Bey might give her a run for considerable money but just give this beautiful cover by two talented girls a chance. Beyoncé herself loved it and posted it on her Facebook wall and do you REALLY want to question Mrs. Carter?

6) Erato – Call Your Girlfriend (Robyn Cover)
Did you know that you can make music with empty margarine/yoghurt tubs? Well, you can, and it sounds AMAZING. These girls were retweeted by Gwyneth Paltrow in 2011 and their video went viral.  


7) John Mayer – Free Fallin’ (Tom Petty cover)
John Mayer might have an ego the size of a small country but that doesn’t diminish his considerable talent. This cover of a golden oldie will have you singing along just like Tom Cruise did to the original in the film Jerry Maguire.

8) Tori Kelly – Suit and Tie (Justin Timberlake Cover)
This cover was so good that Justin Bieber’s manager Scooter Braun signed Tori Kelly off the back of it and we can see why. That sweet voice and great phrasing had us picking her versions over old JT’s.

9) James McArthur – Impossible (Shontelle cover)
This singer was on the UK’s version of the X-Factor and won with this cover of Shontelle’s RnB smash hit.

10) Lorde – Retrograde (James Blake cover)
Yes this is the New Zealand singer’s second appearance on our countdown, but we couldn’t resist this cover of James Blake’s sleeper hit from last summer.

11) Chvrches- Do I Wanna Know? (Arctic Monkeys cover)
Chvrches are the type of talented where all we want to do is curl up and listen to them all day. And, as evidenced earlier in the list, we do also love the Arctic Monkeys, but Chvrches have them licked with this cover. They introduced a new and fresh sound to the track that we didn’t know could happen.

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