We absolutely love cover songs. It’s probably because, most of the time, they are like something that is familiar but new, which is an interesting dichotomy in and of itself. Plus, recording cover songs can be a risky venture for almost any artist; the more well-known and beloved the original song, the more scrutinized any cover song will be. On the most part, at least in our experience, most cover songs just do not work, and others are absolutely dreadful. But there are others that stick out.
We have two different types of cover songs playlist mixtapes that we’ve been posting for years. We’ve put together playlists of classic cover songs, but mostly new, and lesser known, cover songs. This installment includes cover songs (except for music fanatics, of course) by The Black Keys, The Golden Bloom, The Laureates, My Jerusalem, The Afghan Whigs, Sun Kil Moon, Nada Surf, Guards and others.
Note: Many covers were not officially released, and therefore, we don’t have an album link to offer, but where they’re available, we have, including the album links for the originals as well. Enjoy.
“Rake Song” (The Decemberists) – Ruby Isle
“Baby’s On Fire” (Brian Eno) – Shearwater from unreleased single (circa 2008)
“You Got Lucky” (Tom Petty) – Setting Sun from single release (2009)
“Kaleidoscope World” (The Chills) – People Press Play from Not Given Lightly – A Tribute To the Giant Golden Book Of New Zealand`s Alternative Music Scene (2009)
“66” (The Afghan Whigs) – My Jerusalem
The original: “66” – The Afghan Whigs from 1965 (1998)
The original: “Where Is My Mind” – The Pixies from Surfer Rosa
“Can’t Stand It” (Velvet Underground) – The Laureates from unreleased single (1999)
“Never Ending Math Equation” (Modest Mouse) – Sun Kil Moon
“King of Carrot Flowers, Part One” (Neutral Milk Hotel) – Neutral Uke Hotel
“Taxi Cab” (Vampire Weekend) – Guards
“I’m on Fire” (Bruce Springsteen) – The Morning Birds
Want more cover songs? Browse through the Cover Songs archives.