Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Year's Best Musical Coverage

To keep with the new weekly section, Cover Wednesdays, let's see what 2007 has brought to the table.

Starting off the countdown is Bono 's version of The Beatles' classic—I Am the Walrus at number 8. Although this isn't one of my favorite Beatles tunes, but the U2 frontman's rendition made me take another listen and give it a chance.

In September, pop-punkers Boys Like Girls recorded their version of Let Go by Frou Frou. With Martin Johnson's soothing voice and raw pairing of the acoustic guitars, the song enters the list at number 7.

The 1968 hit Helter Skelter by The Beatles has been covered by so many times throughout the years. But on Nov. 11, 2007, the Killers, the Vines, Howling Bells and Louis XIV did an unforgettable performance of the song in Sydney—so memorable it's at 6

At the 5 spot, there's a tie between teen R&B singer Chris Brown's Try a Little Tenderness (by Otis Redding) and Jay Legaspi's rendition of Snow Patrol's Chasing Cars using his beatboxing skills, soulful voice and a loop pedal.

In 1986, rockstars Aerosmith and hip hop godfathers Run DMC joined forces to produce a song that will forever rock the world. And in February 2007, British gal groups Girls Aloud and Sugababes remade the song to raise money for Comic Relief. Featuring some of the UK's superstars, the video and song not only hit number one on the UK singles chart but also was in the top ten for Poland, Croatia and Greece—and now 4 on my list.

Mark Ronson has been on the music scene since the 90's, producing and DJ-ing in the clubs around London and NYC. In '07, Ronson released his own album titled, Versions featuring many of today's big artists—two of which made the top three.

At number 3 is his work with Lily Allen on Oh My God originally by the Kaiser Chiefs. Lily may have only appeared in the video in animated form but still does a great job on the cover.

The list's number 2 spot goes to the collab between Mark Ronson and Amy Winehouse, Valerie. Like Lily, Amy didn't make it to her video shoot, but that didn't stop this Zutons original from going to number one in the UK R&B Chart.

And this year's number 1 cover is Brit band the Klaxons' version of No Diggity (originally by Blackstreet). This topped my list not only because it brought back a good throwback track, but the Klaxons sound strikingly similar to the 90's R&B group (with a hint of the Brit accent). This cover was part of the the Radio 1 Established 1967 compilation album, released in October.

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