Dec 062016
best cover songs

Over the past few months, we’ve been hard at work making our list of The Best Cover Songs of 2016. Narrowing it down to 50 caused some excruciating choices, that’s how many great covers there were this year.

We’ll be posting the full list next week (and “Best Cover Albums” this Thursday), but as a little appetizer, here are our Honorable Mentions, covers we loved and still wanted to spotlight as among the best 2016 had to offer.

Alarm Will Sound – Revolution #9 (The Beatles cover)

Amber Arcades – Which Will (Nick Drake cover)

Brennan Villines – Crazy Train (Ozzy Osbourne cover)

Colvin & Earle – You Were On My Mind (We Five cover)

The Decemberists – Death Defying (Hoodoo Gurus cover)

Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi – Keep Your Lamp Trimmed and Burning (Blind Willie Johnson cover)

Dewolff – Waitin’ Around to Die (Townes Van Zandt cover)

Donny McCaslin – Warszawa (David Bowie cover)

Dungen – Alberto Balsalm (Aphex Twin Cover)

Eric Clapton – I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine (Bob Dylan cover)

Hayes Carll – Let’s Get Drunk and Get It On (Old 97’s cover)

Jane Kramer – Down South (Tom Petty cover)

Julian Casablancas – Run Run Run (Velvet Underground cover)

Liz Vice – Nothin’ (Townes Van Zandt cover)

Martyn Lenoble and Christian Eigner feat. Mark Lanegan & Dave Gahan – Cat People (Putting Out Fire) (David Bowie cover)

Michael Stipe – Ashes to Ashes (David Bowie cover)

Mothers – The Heat Is On (Glenn Frey cover)

Nowhere – Search and Destroy (Iggy and The Stooges cover)

Regina Spektor – While My Guitar Gently Weeps (The Beatles cover)

Sam Moss – Working On A Building (Traditional cover)
Say Lou Lou – Stayin’ Alive (Bee Gees cover)

St. Vincent – Something On Your Mind (Karen Dalton cover)

Steve ‘n’ Seagulls – November Rain (Guns ‘n’ Roses cover)

Swale – Black Boys on Mopeds (Sinéad O’Connor cover)

Theosophics – New Age (Velvet Underground cover)

Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Shakedown Street (Grateful Dead cover)

Van Morrison – Share Your Love With Me (Bobby Bland cover)

Waxahatchee – With You (Jessica Simpson cover)

“Weird Al” Yankovic – What Is Life (George Harrison cover)

Whitehorse – Wang Dang Doodle (Howlin’ Wolf cover)

Check back on Monday for our list of The Best Cover Songs of 2016!

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  6 Responses to “The Best Cover Songs of 2016: Honorable Mentions”

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  1. Jings, how did I miss that Lanegan/Gahan Cat People? Reminds me that it’s about time Soulsavers toured UK (with either or both)

  2. You were on my mind is written by Sylvia Fricker, now Sylvia Tyson. I don’t know who We Five are but Sylvia Tyson wrote this song in 1962 and originally recorded it with Ian Tyson when they were Ian & Sylvia (a duo).

    • You are correct on all counts! We Five were the group that had the big hit with the song, only a year later after I&S’s came out. Colvin and Earle have said they based their cover on the We Five version.

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