The phrase “cover music video” is something of a misnomer. The fact that these songs were originally performed by other artists has, in all cases but one, nothing to do with the video. We might more accurately call this list “Best Music Videos for Songs That Just So Happen to Be Covers.” Still, the cover angle gives us a chance to look at some brilliant music videos that mostly flew somewhat under the radar.
Did Holmes’ “Bicycle Race” video whet your appetite for more animation-based cover videos? Well, you’re in luck. MGMT has just released a video for their Bauhaus cover “All I Ever Wanted Was Everything” and it’s an old-fashioned, brightly-colored slice of animated fun.
The LateNightTales mixtape series rarely disappoints. The premise (get an artist to compile a set of songs they love) is a good one and the kicker (make said artist record a new cover for the occasion) is even better. We’ve already heard Midlake cover Black Sabbath and Trentmøller cover Chris Isaak for the series this year and now we’ve got a third. It’s MGMT, who covered Bauhaus’ “All We Ever Wanted Was Everything” for their installment.
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• Despite being all of 15 years old, U.K. singer Birdy is quickly becoming a reliable hitmaker on the back of her cover songs. “Skinny Love” hit the British charts first, followed by a cover of the xx’s “Shelter.” She hit Radio 1 this week to perform the latter and threw in a third cover: Ed Sheeran’s “The A-Team.” As usual, Birdy uses her huge voice to craft a heartbreaking piano ballad.
MP3: Birdy – The A Team (Ed Sheeran cover)
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