Seems these days even your grandmother has a ‘Best of the Year’ music list. We had three (Songs, Albums, Videos). Though exciting early on, by mid-December we’re all pretty sick of learning that – surprise! – another person likes Kanye West. So when Ace Reporter compiled his Best of 2010 list, he did it with a twist: He presented the list in cover song form.
For his top five albums, he covered a song from each. The tunes come as part of his ThreeSixtyFive project, where he’s been releasing a new song every single day this year. The production on these tunes makes the achievement that much more stunning. In 2011, maybe he should try sleeping.
First comes a soaring string run through the oft–covered “We Used to Wait,” from the Arcade Fire’s The Suburbs. Then we hit a thudding “Lemonworld,” from the National’s list staple High Violet. Things get even more indie for “O.N.E.,” off Yeasayer’s Odd Blood. Beach House’s Teen Dream gets honored with a downtempo “Walk in the Park.” Finally, “Airplanes,” off Local Natives’ beloved debut Gorilla Manor, becomes an acoustic ballad.
Check ‘em all out below.
Check out more songs at the ThreeSixtyFive project.