Since the No. 1 album in the country right now is a cover album – Sugarland’s Live on the Inside DVD includes a bonus CD of them taking on Pearl Jam, Kings of Leon, R.E.M., and Beyonce – we thought it was a particularly opportune time to re-ask a perennial question: What’s your favorite cover song?
I’ve got a new one of late: Jay-Z taking on the Beastie Boys’ “No Sleep Til Brooklyn” while subbing in for them at this year’s All Points West music festival. It was a classy move, and it’s a fierce rendition:
A quick staff poll turned up some other classic suggestions, like the White Stripes’ “Jolene,” Jeff Buckley’s “Hallelujah,” Johnny Cash’s take on “Hurt,” and the we’re-secretly-15-years-old duo of Alien Ant Farm’s “Smooth Criminal” and the Ataris’ “Boys of Summer.” (Love that Black Flag shout-out.) But we sit around and listen to ourselves talk all day. We want your picks, Mixers! Give us enough good ones, and maybe we’ll make us a playlist! It worked for the heartbreaking songs, didn’t it?
More from EW’s Music Mix:
The Les Paul guitar’s greatest hits
Glenn Beck: You’ll never guess who his favorite band is
Paramore, “Ignorance”: See the new video here
Radiohead track(?) “These Are My Twisted Words” mysterously leaks: Hear it here
Led Zeppelin record a new song? No. But close!