Top 50 Cover Songs of 2015 (50-26)

Here’s the list of My 50 Favourite Covers of 2015 (50-26). (Original artist is in parentheses.)

50. FKA Twigs – Elastic Heart (Sia)

 

49. Houndmouth – Runaround Sue (Dion)

 

48. E^ST – Bittersweet Symphony (The Verve)

 

47. Sympathy and The Lion – Glory Days (Bruce Springsteen)

 

46. Ezra Furman – Crown of Love (Arcade Fire)

 

45. Years and Years – Hotline Bling/Dark Horse (Drake/Katy Perry)

 

44. #1 Dads – Two Weeks (FKA Twigs)

 

43. Brandi Carlile – Murder In The City (The Avett Brothers)

 

42. Watkins Family Hour – Steal Your Heart Away (Fleetwood Mac)

 

41. Milky Chance – Shake It Off (Taylor Swift)

 

40. The Killers – The Bucket (Kings of Leon)

 

39. The Vaccines – Night Changes (One Direction)

 

38. Charles Bradley – Changes (Black Sabbath)

 

37. Muse – Lies (Chvrches)

 

36. PVRIS – Talking Body (Tove Lo)

 

35. Walk Off The Earth – Cheerleader (OMI)

 

34. Bob Wayne – Skyfall (Adele)

Cool cover. Can’t find a link to share at present.

 

33. Chvrches – What Do You Mean (Justin Bieber)

 

32. The Belligerents – Praise You (Fatboy Slim)

 

Bonus: Patti Smith – Smells Like Teen Spirit (NIrvana)

 

31. Lucius – Wake Me (Bleachers)

 

30. Ben Gibbard – Archie, Marry Me (Alvvays)

 

29. Catfish And The Bottlemen – Read My Mind (The Killers)

 

28. Missio – Zombie (Cranberries)

 

Bonus: Kasabian – Sesame Street Theme/Good Vibrations (Beach Boys)

 

27. Disclosure and Sam Smith – Hotline Bling (Drake)

 

26. Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires – Mutineer (Warren Zevon)

 

Top 20 Songs of April 2015

My 20 Favourite songs of April, 2015:

20. Of Monsters and Men – Crystals

 

19. Walk Off The Earth – Rule The World

 

18. Modest Mouse – The Best Room

 

17. The Mowgli’s – I’m Good

 

16. Courtney Barnett – Depreston

 

15. American Authors – Believer

 

14. Action Bronson – Easy Rider

 

13. Florence And The Machine – What Kind Of Man

 

12. Jack U – Where Are U Now f. Justin Bieber

 

11. Ms Mr – Painted

 

10. Sufjan Stevens – Should Have Known Better

 

9. Tame Impala – Let It Happen

 

8.┬áThe Helio Sequence – Stoic Resemblance

 

7. Hot Chip – Need You Now

 

6. Destra Garcia – Lucy

 

5. Dear Rouge – Black to Gold

 

Bonus: Awolnation – Hollow Moon (Bad Wolf)

Already made one of my lists earlier in the year, but that beat kept on coming. This song is a monster.

 

4. Brandon Flowers – Can’t Deny My Love

Can’t deny how brilliant and hook-filled this lead single to Flowers’ 2nd solo album is.

 

Bonus: Heems – Soup Boys (from Jan 2013)

Just came across this behemoth. The lyrics are funny and the beat is enticing like cake is with icing.

 

3. Bear In Heaven – Autumn

It’s so easy to get lost in the majestic haze of this song. A testament to its power, as soon as it’s finished, I want to immediately press replay.

 

2. Rihanna – Bitch Better Have My Money (Handbag House vs. Krazy Kat Bootleg Mix)

So absurd. So gitchy. So good. Way, way better than the original.

 

Bonus: Manic Street Preachers – The Holy Bible (entire album)

I saw these Welsh legends perform The Holy Bible in its entirety when their tour stopped in Toronto — man, am I thankful I decided to go to that show. I’m ashamed to say that I didn’t get into this album when it was released in 1994. I’m elated to say that I finally found it. And what a revelation it’s been to me in the brief time I’ve come to know it. It’s massive, melodic, a monument of rock ‘n roll, punk, and art. I’m in love with the entire album, front to back. This album dominated me in April as I played these tracks time after time. Here are a few of the outstanding tracks from that seminal, jaw-breaking record:

 

1. A Silent Film – Tomorrow

Couldn’t get enough of this track. This is a nostalgia-inducing, melody-indebted, mountain-climbing, mega-sized gem of a song. “Tomorrow, tomorrow, you’ll find out tomorrow…” Over and over and over, until the number on the calendar changes. Then I can sing it again, tomorrow.