We’ve presented the best albums from 2013, the albums that kept rock alive and well, the most watched music videos, and the most Google’d songs. Our look back at the year that was continues with 10 of our favorite cover songs.
1. Gene Wilder’s “Pure Imagination” by Fiona Apple
Damn you, Chipotle, you manipulative bastards. You sell burritos and tacos — I shouldn’t have an emotional attachment to you, except for the two hours after I eat a burrito bowl, when I’m furious at your existence. But you just HAD to go and get Fiona Apple to sing “Pure Imagination,” and it’s superb. Don’t you get any idea, Qdoba.
2. David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” by Chris Hadfield
Back in May, astronaut Chris Hadfield was floating in outer space when he took the premise of a Flight of the Conchords song to its logical conclusion and did his best David Bowie impression. Unlike Major Tom, though, Hadfield returned safe and sound to Earth, so the world will be spared his take on “Hallo Spaceboy.”
3. Black Sabbath’s “Changes” by Charles Bradley
The soul legend slows down the metal gods, resulting in something inexplicably great (and heartbreaking).
4. Bruce Springsteen’s “Born to Run” by Patrick Stickles ft. Diarrhea Planet
“Born to Run,” as it should be covered: loudly, covered in sweat, and by a dude from Jersey.
5. Pearl Jam’s “Even Flow” by Prince
It’s a shame Prince’s wailing cover of “Even Flow” doesn’t last longer than 90 seconds. But it’s a relief that the Oh So Purple One has seemingly resolved his long-standing conflict with the Internet. He was on Twitter! He announced pajama dance parties! He gave in and put Dave Chappelle on an album cover! Welcome to 2004, Prince.