10 Cool Indie Rock Cover Songs
There's no better test of a song's excellence than its ability to stand up to another artist's interpretation. Musicians have been doing it forever: A hundred years ago, pretty much every performer was covering the same dozen songs. There are tons more great tunes to choose from these days, and many of them come from the '60s and '70s, like those on our list of 10 Cool Indie Rock Cover Songs.
The Black Keys, ‘She Said, She Said’
The bluesy garage-rock duo packs plenty of noise in its cover of the Beatles' freak-out, which comes from their revolutionary 'Revolver' album.
Bon Iver, ‘Come Talk to Me’
Bon Iver's six-minute cover of Peter Gabriel's 'Come Talk to Me' (the opening cut in 1992's 'Us') is all minimalist beauty.
Lykke Li, ‘Silver Springs’
The Swedish chanteuse adds layers of spooky to Fleetwood Mac's 'Rumours'-era leftover, one of Stevie Nicks' all-time best.
My Morning Jacket, ‘Rocket Man’
Somehow the Kentucky rockers make Elton John's hit about isolation and desperation sound even more desolate. It's all that echo, we think.
Of Montreal, ‘Trouble’
How appropriate: Weirdo studio perfectionists Of Montreal cover weirdo studio perfectionist Lindsey Buckingham's 1981 solo debut.
Phoenix, ‘Sad-Eyed Lady of the Lowlands’
Bob Dylan's original version of this 'Blonde on Blonde' classic runs 11 minutes. The French band's cover checks in at four and a half, but it's still kinda great.
St. Vincent, ‘I Dig a Pony’
It's just Annie Clark and her guitar on this stripped-down, but no less electrifying, cover of this Beatles song from their final album, 'Let It Be.'
The Tallest Man on Earth, ‘Graceland’
The Swedish singer-songwriter (born Kristian Matsson) tackles Paul Simon's 1986 South African-influenced classic with just an acoustic guitar.
Tennis, ‘Tell Her No’
The Denver duo — whose latest album is produced by the Black Keys' Patrick Carney — takes on the Zombies' terrific 1965 hit.
TV on the Radio, ‘Heroes’
David Bowie's art-rock classic from 1977 (part of his heralded Berlin trilogy) sounds like it was tailor-made for the Brooklyn art-rock band.