As you are surely aware, all week we are meticulously counting down the Best Cover Songs of 2011. While we do that list, though, other publications have been putting out their own best songs list. There is no firm consensus for #1, but we are seeing many of the same tracks pop up over and over again. So we tossed together a set of the best free covers of the best songs of the year.
Ever since its release last May, EMA’s debut Past Life Martyred Saints has been a sleeper indie hit (a Best New Music designation from Pitchfork undoubtedly helped the buzz). We’ve already seen her earn the hype as a performer in her thrashing cover of Nirvana’s “Endless, Nameless.” Now we can celebrate her as a songwriter with our first cover of Erika M. Anderson.