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30 Fun Indie-Artist Covers of Pop Tunes

March 29, 2011  |  7:00am

Covering a song can be tricky, but covering an extremely well-known song is downright dangerous. Most pop songs are either deeply loved or grossly hated and attempts to cover either can fall flat. We’ve compiled a list of the greatest pop covers by some of our favorite indie artists (taking liberties with the words “pop” and “indie”).

30. Ingrid Michaelson- “Toxic” (Britney Spears)
Michaelson’s ukulele is a pleasant surprise in this rendition of Spears’ “Toxic,” coupled with her powerful vocals this song becomes surprisingly enjoyable.

29. The Beggar Folk- “Buy You a Drink” (T-Pain)
Once you get past the laughter of the audience, you’ll discover that this cover is not only entertaining, it’s actually pretty good.

28. Jukebox the Ghost- “I Love You Always Forever” (Donna Lewis)
Lewis would be pleased with this fun and fresh performance of the song, and so will you. Staying close to the original, Jukebox the Ghost play upon the sweet simplicities of the song.

27. Atlas Sound- “Walk A Thin Line” (Fleetwood Mac)
Atlas Sound do the original justice, giving new life to a great song.

26. April Smith “Bottoms Up” (Trey Songz)
A completely different song, Smith transforms this R&B hit into sultry, southern tune that would easily fit in at any saloon-styled joint.

25. Punch Brothers – “Reptilia” (The Strokes)
If you are going to attempt a Strokes song you better be prepared, and the Punch Brothers are, showcasing their own talent while respecting the original.

24. Pavement – “The Killing Moon” (Echo and the Bunnymen)
Pavement’s cover is an excellent tribute to Echo and the Bunnymen, playing a smooth rendition of the original track.

23. Cake- “I Will Survive” (Gloria Gaynor)
A song loved far-and-wide, Cake keeps the strength of the vocals and adds some awesome guitar riffs, bringing some funky rock ‘n’ roll to the anthem.

22. Jem- “Maybe I’m Amazed” (Paul McCartney)
Covered by many, and often mutilated, this beautiful tune has been relegated to the position of a cheesy wedding tune. Jem returns it to its former glory.

21. Tegan and Sara – “Umbrella” (Rihanna)
Tegan and Sara add some grit to this rendition, powerfully owning the pop ballad.

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