5 of the best cover songs of 2011

It’s easy to write and record your own smash hit, just look at The Beatles. What is far more challenging is to take someone else’s carefully crafted song, mess around with it and end up with something that is just as good (if not better) than the original. Many have failed, but here are five of the best attempts of this year…

The Civil Wars

The Civil Wars – Billie Jean

Nashville duo The Civil Wars brought out a delightful collection of country-pop songs on the Grammy-nominated Barton Hollow in 2011. Here, they add their country lilt to one of Michael Jackson’s greatest releases, and the result is all the more pleasant when you realise John-Paul White could be Johnny Depp’s long-lost brother.

John Legend – Rolling in the Deep

2011 may well be referred to as the year of Adele overkill, but John Legend’s a cappella version is a refreshing take on one of the most heard tracks of the year.

Beyoncé – You Oughta Know

Beyoncé used her headline show at Glastonbury 2011 to stand up for all the  Independent Women of the world (whilst secretly carrying the child of a man who refers to women as ‘bitches’ butletsnottalkaboutthat), incorporating You Oughta Know by cranky Canadian Alanis Morissette into her set list.

James Vincent Mcmorrow – Higher Love

James Vincent Mcmorrow, touted by some as ‘Ireland’s answer to Bon Iver’ has spent 2011 touring his beautiful album Early in the Morning. His cover of Steve Winwood’s 1986 hit single, Higher Love, has featured in Love Film’s latest tv advert, bringing Mcmorrow’s eerie falsetto to the masses.

Bon Iver – I Can’t Make You Love Me

Talking of Bon Iver, Justin Vernon’s cover of Bonnie Raitt’s I Can’t Make You Love Me is rather pleasing too.


Feel free to share any of your favourite cover songs of this year below!


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