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.