The year of 2013 is almost at the close, and with the many song tributes from popular artists of the entire year we had to choose only a handful of our favourites but trust us, it was like choosing between our own children!
There was a lot of musical talent for the whole of 2013, so here are 13 of the coolest song covers we have heard.
Vampire Weekend’s “Blurred Lines”
Originally by: Robin Thicke
They’re probably the only band who can get away with covering something so sleazy and make it sound snarky instead. Take note at their nod to a fish, to cover up a swear word.
Arctic Monkeys’ “Hold On We’re Going Home”
Originally by: Drake
With the band’s new cool and ashy sound in their fantastic new album, their cover of Drake’s hit single sounds like Alex Turner’s second skin.
Miley Cyrus’ “Summertime Sadness”
Originally by: Lana Del Rey
With all the press and media attention she’s been getting, most people forget that this girl is pretty damn talented. Her cover arguably even surpassed the original.
Bastille’s “We Can’t Stop”
Originally by: Miley Cyrus
Speaking of the controversial songstress, rising stars Bastille covered her first hit from album “Bangerz” with a cheeky nod to her dad and used an Eminem instrumental to back it up!
Boyce Avenue and Fifth Harmony’s “Mirrors”
Originally by: Justin Timberlake
Not many people can cover a Timberlake song and do it justice but with a tinge of originality. Though Fifth Harmony’s hit single “Miss Moving On” is irritating, they showcased their hidden and incredible vocal abilities in this cover with Boyce Avenue.
San Cisco’s “Get Lucky”
Originally by: Daft Punk
The Australian indie act shot to viral video fame with their cover of “Get Lucky” during the hype of Daft Punk coming up with “Random Access Memories”, and boy, this version’s pretty dang diddly good.
Jimmy Eat World’s “We Are Never Ever Ever Getting Back Together”
Originally by: Taylor Swift
Though it’s not the best song ever, Jimmy Eat World grabbed the song by the balls and made the country based pop song sound like a pop punk anthem of the early 2000s.
Lily Allen’s “Somewhere Only We Know”
Originally by: Keane
The song is one of Keane’s most beautifully written songs, and Lily Allen covered it and made it sound more beautiful and melancholic. It gave us chills and the advert for ‘John Lewis’ that it tied in with was as unbelievably amazing as the cover itself.
Billie Joe Armstrong and Norah Jones’ “Long Time Gone”
Originally by: The Everly Brothers
Upon hearing that the Green Day frontman collaborated with Norah Jones to cover a whole Everly Brothers album took us by surprise, but it was a good surprise.
Andre 3000 and Beyonce’s “Back To Black”
Originally by: Amy Winehouse
“The Great Gatsby” by Baz Luhrmann had mixed reviews as a film but the tracklists, that Luhrmann is known to be very particular upon, is superb, and it included this dark and gritty cover of Amy Winehouse’s hit.
30 Seconds to Mars’ “Stay”
Originally by: Rihanna
This was already a really cool song, but Jared Leto’s strong vocals and dramatic attitude made it so much cooler than before.
Lorde’s “Everybody Wants To Rule The World”
Originally by: Tears for Fears
The original Tears for Fears song sounded like a joyous song to listen to when you want to live your dreams or do what you have always wanted to do, but Lorde’s tribute for the “Catching Fire” soundtrack had depression, anger, bitterness, revenge and it made us all want to rise to power. It was absolutely perfect for the theme of the movie.