As we look back on 2010, we see a few loose ends here at MMT, and none looser than our “Cover My World” series. We left left you last September with a list of covers that eclipse the originals. Before that, we looked at artists covering themselves and Amanda Palmer’s ukulele take on Radiohead. Onward!
Snow angels. Mittens. Hot chocolate. Yes, it’s that time of year. Time for best, worst, top n, and death lists. Of all the lists we’ve seen so far, our favorite comes from Ana Marie Cox, Washington DC Correspondent for GQ Magazine.
And not because her slippers are on display at the Newseum. Well, not just because of that. Because her picks all meet the MMT criterion for the best covers: not just same song/different singer, but re-imaginings that amplify an undercurrent or illuminate hidden corners of the originals. Here goes:
- Coolrunnings, “Road to Nowhere”
- Local Natives, “Cecilia”
- Morning Benders, “I Wanna Be Like You”
- Horsefeathers, “Drain You”
- Surfer Blood, “Box Elder”
- Passion Pit, “Tonight, Tonight”
- Tallest Man on Earth, “Graceland”
- The Kills, “Pale Blue Eyes”
- The Soft Pack, “Fences”
- The Roots, “Wake Up”
While a couple of these might not technically be from 2010, that’s when I first heard ‘em, and that’s good enough for me. Wishing you the happiest of new years, we leave you with Local Natives joyous reading of “Cecilia.” Rock the tree, and go glockenspiel!
Get the complete AMC 2010 Best-Music list here.