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Got It Covered / A Few Of My Favorite Things…(Best Covers of 2011)

By Bekah Touma

The New Year is always exciting for me. I love to look back and make lists of some of my favorites of the previous year. It has been a ritual of mine for a while as a way to keep a nostalgic record of the years. Music is obviously a big part of how I experience life.  A favorite covers list is actually something I had yet to do until now, but I already feel that it’s going to be a necessity moving forward. That said, this was an extremely difficult process.  After a couple weeks (or a few months) of repeatedly listening to hundreds of tracks, I was able to narrow my engorged list down to 15.  Here they are below in no particular order – to rank them would have delayed this article until the Spring:

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Got It Covered / Introduction and the Rules of a Great Cover Song

A look at the art of the perfect cover and some impactful pairings with visual mediums

By Bekah Touma

 

 

 

 

 

 

The first few notes sound oh so familiar…you may start to hum or sing along but soon realize something seems to be slightly off.  Ah yes, this must be a cover.  After racking your brain for the original the cover starts sinks in.  Here is where I decide if I love it or hate it.

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Valentunes: Save The Drama (For Your Mama)

They say fighting in a relationship is healthy, but where’s the line between “save the drama” and “see you later”? Below are some songs to get you through those tough times..or just fuel the fire…

1. Lady Gaga “Bad Romance” (video in honor of Alexander McQueen, RIP)

2. Junior Boys “Hazel”

3. Adele “Cold Shoulder”

4. Imogen Heap “I Am In Love With You”

5. Amy Winehouse “Back To Black”

6. Katy Perry “Hot N Cold”

7. Band of Skulls “Light Of The Morning”

8. Avril Lavigne “It’s Complicated”

 

What songs have I missed that MUST be included? Great scenes from movies or TV that use any of the above in a particularly great way?

I want your thoughts!

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