Top 10 | Covers

Some people think that the first time is always the best, but we think the second or third time can be even better. We re-visit some of our fave covers... 

The Fugees - Killing Me Softly 

One of the first things that comes to mind when thinking of Killing Me Softly is that painful scene in About A Boy when Marcus performs at his school. The second is The Fugees' cover of the Roberta Flack classic.


Mark Ronson ft. Amy Winehouse - Valerie

Never mind covers, this is one of our favourite tracks of all time. Enough said really...

MNEK - A Thousand Miles

While Vanessa Carlton's version is made for a break-up, MNEK's is ready to make up.

Erykah Badu - Cel U Lar Device

So not technically a cover, but Ms Badu's re-imagining of Drake’s Hotline Bling is one of the most original we've heard.

Birdy - Skinny Love

Bon Iver's mellow tune got the Birdy treatment and we fell back in love with it again.

Florence + The Machine - You've Got The Love

We thought Candi Staton's disco classic couldn't get better, but then Florence Welch came along and made it one of the biggest songs of 2009.

James Blake - Limit To Your Love

When producer James Blake gets his hands on something, you know it's gonna be good - like when he covered this Fesit track three years after its original release. 

Labrinth - Express Yourself

You might recognise the sample from N.W.A, but the original came out wya back in 1970 by Charles Wright & the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band. Mouthful or what... 

D’Angelo - Cruisin'

D'Angelo can make anything sound like it was covered in treacle and this version of Smokey Robinson’s 1979 track is no different.

Aretha Franklin - Respect

Aretha is bada$$ enough you'd be forgiven for thinking this was the OG, but she nicked it from Otis Redding and slayed!