What’s Your Favorite Cover Song?

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

1. So you hear your favorite song come on, and you’re immediately stoked.

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2. Then, suddenly, the song doesn’t sound quite right.

It’s the same words and the same music, but something’s off.

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3. It’s a cover!

You were expecting to hear the real thing, but you’re kind of loving this one too!

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4. Some covers are a performer’s hat tip to a song that inspired them.

Mumford & Sons

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Simon & Garfunkel

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5. Like this cover of Simon and Garfunkel’s “The Boxer” by Mumford & Sons:

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Fun Fact: Paul Simon accompanied Markus Mumford on this track, offered exclusively on Mumford’s Babel: The Deluxe Edition.

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6. And some covers are an artist’s new interpretation of a song.

Ellie Goulding

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Nate Ruess of Fun.

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7. Like this cover of Fun.’s “Some Nights” by Ellie Goulding:

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Fun Fact: Ellie Goulding sung this live at the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge.

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8. Maybe your favorite cover is done by an artist who normally sings songs from a completely different genre.

Taylor Swift

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9. Like this cover of Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” by Taylor Swift:

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Fun Fact: Taylor Swift covered a different song by a local artist in each city of her Speak Now Tour.

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10. So tell us below! What’s your favorite cover song?

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