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Download this: 10 Covers to Have in Your Music Collection

I was listening to Luther Vandross’s cover/medley of “Superstar” and “Until You Come Back to Me (That’s What I’m Gonna Do)” and it got me thinking about how the quality of cover songs has gotten off track since the YouTube era began. Ideally a good cover holds its own as a piece. In other words, I need a reason to listen to it besides the fact that I already like the original. Creating a memorable cover begins with the artist finding a way to pay genuine homage to the original artist and work. Musicians should realize that there’s a thin line between irony and authenticity.

With all that said, I can’t blame anyone for the endless churning out of covers because it’s simply a sign of the times. Today’s technology makes it so easy for an artist to mindlessly come up with an arrangement, record on high quality equipment, and have a song available online for the public within a day.

I made it my own personal challenge to find 10 songs from the past 5 years to include in this feature. It turned out to actually be pretty difficult because there was a whole lot of less-than-average stuff to sort through in my music library, but I’m happy to report that I managed to do it. Artists include Cee Lo Green, Florence + the Machine, and Neon Hitch.

Tracklist:

  1. Neon Hitch, “Gucci Gucci” (Kreayshawn Cover)
  2. The Knocks, “Midnight City” ft. Mandy Lee (M83 Cover)
  3. Cee Lo Green, “No One’s Gonna Love You” (Band of Horses Cover)
  4. Lissie, “Pursuit of Happiness” (Kid Cudi Cover)
  5. Theophilus London, “Oops (Oh My)” (Tweet Cover)
  6. Meshell Ndegeocello, “Love You Down” (Ready for the World/INOJ Cover)
  7. Jamie Cullum, “Don’t Stop the Music” (Rihanna Cover)
  8. Birdy, “1901” (Phoenix Cover)
  9. Florence + the Machine, “Take Care” (Drake Cover)
  10. Dr. Dog, “Heart It Races” (Architecture in Helsinki Cover)
Download the playlist here.
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About Camille G.

Camille's passion for music began at the advent of the very illegal Napster, which she maaay or may not have used at the time. This interest made a natural progression into learning and teaching herself how to play various instruments for fun. Due to a lack of actual talent and the desire for job predictability, she graduated from Seton Hall University in nursing. When she has time off from her job as a registered nurse in NJ, she enjoys digging through the internet for new things to listen to. Sharing her discoveries and favorite songs with friends through mix CDs, playlists, blogs, and parties is the part of the music experience she enjoys the most, so this is a great opportunity for her to do just that.

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