Is there a better feeling than watching an artist you love, cover another artist you love? Maybe taking your pants off after a long day but I digress, it’s a pretty great feeling none the less.
This year brought us some truly outstanding covers from the likes of Father John Misty (covering Arcade Fire), Ben Gibbard (Alvvays), BØRNS (The Weeknd), and many more. Take a listen to the best of 2015 below.
Father John Misty – “The Suburbs” (Arcade Fire Cover)
Josh Tilman took the title track from the Grammy award-winning Arcade Fire record The Suburbs, stripped it down to a purely acoustic track and made absolute magic.
Catfish and the Bottlemen – “Read My Mind” (The Killers Cover)
Singer Van admits that they’ve ripped The Killers off too much already, so he decided to take the acoustic route on this cover, giving it a completely different feel.
Haim – “Cause I’m a Man” (Tame Impala Cover)
It says “remix” but the Haim sisters did a hell of a lot more work on this song than just rearranging a few things. They added their beautiful voices to the track and somehow made the song even more chill than it already was.
Wolf Alice – “Matilda” (Alt J Cover)
Aside from accompaniment by a string section, Wolf Alice’s cover stays fairly true to the original form and that’s definitely not a bad thing.
BØRNS – “Can’t Feel My Face” (The Weeknd Cover)
BØRNS brings out an almost southern vibe to one of the biggest tracks of 2015.
Metric – “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards” (Tame Impala Cover)
Emily and Jimmy from Metric stepped into our Collective Arts Black Box and surprised us with an acoustic rendition of Tame Impala’s psychedelic tune “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards”. Get ready for some feels.
Ryan Adams – “Bad Blood” (Taylor Swift Cover)
Ryan Adams actually went a little crazy and covered T. Swift’s entire record 1989 but this one’s our favourite. Folky, slower, and much more sad than the original.
Ben Gibbard – “Archie, Marry Me” (Alvvays Cover)
As if this song could get any more sad, Ben Gibbard pairs his vocals with soft piano to create the ultimate tear-jerker.
Vance Joy – “Fake Plastic Trees” (Radiohead Cover)
The pride of Australia aka Vance Joy channels his inner Thom Yorke on his cover of the Radiohead classic, “Fake Plastic Trees”. If you were worried he wasn’t going to hit those high notes, worry no more.
Hozier – “Problem” (Ariana Grande Cover)
Even if you despise Ariana Grande with every ounce of your being, Hozier smashes this cover out of the park. It’s dancey, it’s fun, and the back up vocals are on point.
Florence and the Machine – “Times like These” (Foo Fighters Cover)
After Dave Grohl broke his leg, The Foos had to cancel their headlining set at Glastonbury. Florence was moved up to the headlining slot that day and paid respects to Foo Fighters fans by performing a powerful cover of “Times Like These”.
Bon Iver – “Inside Out” (Spoon Cover)
This may be the biggest transformation on our entire list. Justin Vernon performed this cover as a video to get people excited for his new Eaux Claires music festival. He took away all of the synthy layers and got it down to just his voice and some piano.
George Ezra – “I Try” (Macy Gray Cover)
Was he even alive when this song came out? The fresh-faced George Ezra goes back to the 90s for a baritone version of Macy Gray’s “I Try”.