Here’s a list of the best pop songs from each year, based solely on Billboard’s year-end Hot 100 charts. Boots Riley and Tom Morello’s socially-conscious rap/rock outfit spent much of the year promoting their middling cover of M.I.A.’s “Paper Planes.” Big mistake. Julien Baker: “Ballad of Big Nothing” (Elliott Smith), 11. The EDM craze is upon us. “Ballad of Big Nothing” is the story of a man in self-imposed isolation who sinks deeper into heroin addiction. Arctic Monkeys don’t change much of the original song structure, but it’s quite remarkable to see one of the biggest rock bands in the world covering its most famous pop star. Armed with nothing but a single microphone, their voices absolutely soar in transforming The Kinks. Had they been released earlier, they would have been included here. Sure, Weird Al builds every one of his polkas the same way, but if it ain’t broke… He composed the latest offering for his next album, but debuted it live this summer. Can you guess the number one R&B song in 2010? 48. Here Are the 100 Best Songs of the 2010s Get ready for the ultimate throwback with our playlist. Pink and Nate Ruess - 'Just Give Me a Reason' Pink collaborated with Fun lead singer Nate Ruess for this love song duet about the hopes of holding on to a relationship even when it looks as if it is coming to an end. It's worth the inclusion because Psalm One likens herself to an oasis in the wilderness. “Up All Night” – Drake 73. The existential doubt in Tim Buckley’s telling of the Odyssey takes the helm in this banjo-led cover. Stripped of its Old West saloon-style pianos, ambling bass line and orchestral underpinnings, “The Suburbs” proves beautifully bleak and subdued, just the way Misty likes it. Cooper and Gaga's chemistry in the film and on the song was incredible, and it later won an Oscar for Best Original Song. 71. —Max Freedman, Lorde must have been a Donnie Darko fan. —Lizzie Manno, I was recently informed that Charles Bradley’s “Changes” is, in fact, a cover, and a Black Sabbath cover, no less. All Rights Reserved, 30. —Steven Edelstone, Covering Bruce Springsteen is nothing new (and covering “Dancing in the Dark” is nearly obnoxious at this point), but Faye Webster’s version of the Born in the U.S.A. classic is beautiful and interesting in an innocent sort of a way. “Let Her Go” – Jasmine Thompson 72. Street Sweeper Social Club Sunflower Bean: “Harvest Moon” (Neil Young), 21. White’s searing solos explode through your speakers, making us all the more antsy for him to get out from behind the kit. 43. Big up the Bristol massive! It’s hard not to hear the lyrics and think of her past relationships, or to marvel at the fact that—holy crap!—Rihanna is covering a Tame Impala song. The Best Cover Songs of 2010: #50-41 [ Read our introduction here.] —Lizzie Manno, Haim has had enough comparisons to late ‘80s/early ‘90s pop artists for us to have seen this one coming, but that doesn’t make it any less awesome. Rihanna’s eighth album featured more soul and straightforward pop and R&B, mostly staying away from the more dance-y material of album’s past. 47. In the original version—dry, energetic, with wryly-delivered vocals—the chorus (“You can do what you want to, whenever you want to / You can do what you want to, there’s no one to stop you”) seems to reference the man’s self-destructive embrace of his independence. Runnin’ with the Devil (Van Halen cover) One of their most listened-to songs, though, isn’t even their own: Cayetana’s cover of New Order’s 1983 classic “Age of Consent” is their most-streamed song on Spotify, and—though we know this will sound blasphemous—their version rivals the original. Chromatics replace Young’s proto-grunge squall and atonal tenor with crystalline guitars and Ruth Radelet’s silken, dejected voice, but they don’t stop there—to really drive home the original’s desolation, they add reverberant quarter-note pianos too. List of songs on Billboard 's 2010 Year-End Hot 100 chart; No. J Mascis: “Fade Into You” (Mazzy Star), 14. It’s that good. They sing chillingly bleak lyrics, many about drugs and self-loathing, to hushed guitar accompaniment. March 6, 2010 The Black Eyed Peas "Imma Be" 2 982 March 20, 2010 Taio Cruz featuring … 41. With some lovely backing “ooohs” from frontwoman Julia Cumming, this isn’t a cover that is looking to reinvent its source material, but simply to give it a low-key interpretation that pays deference to a master songwriter in Young. “My Backwards Walk” is off Frightened Rabbit’s beloved 2008 album The Midnight Organ Fight. It’s a beautiful moment that was fortunately captured by the dozen or more filmers who contributed to the video. He puts on a clinic vocally speaking, showing off an impeccable falsetto and even filling in the track’s closing guitar riff with a whistle solo. Gentle Gwen (Trad. Here are the best cover songs of the 2010s. Phoebe Bridgers: “Friday I’m in Love” (The Cure), 4. 49. The Microphones’ album The Glow Pt. “Wrecking Ball” – Miley Cyrus 76. That may seem like a bold move for an artist who was 16 at the time, but her wide-eyed worldview is exactly what makes hearing her sing this song so delightful. It represents song requests from over one hundred thousand events ranging from Weddings to Birthday parties and is dynamically created by Gigbuilder, the most popular web-based event management system in the world.. Popular artists from our decade include Maroon 5, LFMAO, Bruno Mars, and many more. It goes through fourteen songs in under five minutes, transforming hits by Lady Gaga, Owl City, and Taio Cruz into a sound that would have brought your great-grandparents to the dance floor. Chromatics: “Into the Black” (Neil Young), 13. He layers his vocals using the same twang-ified AutoTune effects used on his 2018 album Dying Star. 30 Best Hip-Hop Albums Of The 2010s, Ranked Music If “Hannah Hunt” is the best Vampire Weekend song of them all (and I will argue that until the day I die), then surely I’m With Her’s marvelous take on the track is the best cover of a Vampire Weekend song ever rendered?! I was recently informed that Charles Bradley’s “Changes” is, in fact, a... 2. Best Cover Songs Of 2010 : All Songs Considered The most successful cover songs honor a classic, bring out an odd pairing or allow listeners to rethink an established staple. Ain’t No Cure for Love (Leonard Cohen cover) The late Dolores O’Riordan’s heavenly and distinctly Irish lilt is one of the most recognizable voices in popular music, and this is arguably the band’s greatest song. When he hasn’t been sitting behind a drumkit with the Dead Weather, Jack White has been perched beside the production boards at his own Third Man Records. —Steven Edelstone, The Italo disco band Chromatics have long been as well known for their numerous covers as for their melancholic, noir originals. Here, though, Sunflower Bean is at their most restrained and delicate, imbuing “Harvest Moon” with some warm, dreamy reverb that makes you want to drift off into a very comfortable nap. Nothing can ever beat the old-school classics, but the 2010s was a time when the music industry experimented with new genres while refining old ones that have been neglected over time. A competent artist gives the song new life while still respecting the original recording. Charles Bradley: “Changes” (Black Sabbath). While the indie world produced fewer massive stars in the 2010s than in the previous decade, the recorded output was as strong as ever. Cobain himself probably would have approved of such artistic liberty. The rendition must succeed while resembling the original—to a reasonable degree—and also incorporating new elements that make it different. Franklin worked with André 3000, Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, and longtime collaborator Clive Davis to produce the 10-track record, which features covers of classics like Etta James’ “At Last,” Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive” and The Supremes’ “You Keep Me Hangin’ On.” The first single from the record, and the most modern cover in the compilation, is the Queen of Soul’s take on Adele’s “Rolling In The Deep.” Franklin adds some auxiliary diva to Adele’s already diva-loaded hit, and brings her own blend of punch, spice, and Aretha. The end of the world, maybe, but are we sure she means this world? While not unsympathetic to the character, Smith is still scornful of him, whereas Baker’s mournful voice and echoing electric guitar emit nothing but pity for the man; she seems to regret that “there’s no one to stop you.” Smith’s version is darker, while Baker’s is sadder. And after all, this is a “best covers” list, not a “best dance moves” one. Kelly’s version, a song from his EP of emo and emo-adjacent covers, Dirt Emo, is even sadder and even more autumn-y than Swift’s original. The 200 Best Albums of the 2010s. The Israeli singer’s slight lisp makes the narrator sound all the more fragile on lines like “I call to you, I call to you, but I don’t call soft enough.”. 42. The End of the World (Skeeter Davis cover) Lorde: “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” (Tears For Fears), 12. Ben Gibbard, lead singer of Death Cab, remained close with Hutchison following the tour. Maybe it won’t make you dig out your old Crow CDs, but it’s a fine slice of work from a decade that Haim was a product of. The Vatican Cellars earn double points for being the only group on the list to show up on both this year’s list and last year’s, where they delivered Springsteen’s “Darkness on the Edge of Town.” Cello leads this latest folksy duet, which brings to mind Robert Johnson’s idea of the devil more than David Lee Roth’s. In a similar way, Rihanna’s ANTI was also quite a change for her. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); 50. Earlier last year, Frank Ocean dropped a … If ANTI is Rihanna rediscovering herself, “Same Ol’ Mistakes” is her becoming a completely new entity. —Jim Vorel, Before they included this classic Kinks track on their 2018 compilation album NUDES, Lucius showed us their breathtaking performance of “Strangers,” which was shot by a large crowd of fans at Lagunitas Brewing Co. in Petaluma, Calif. in 2014 and then presumably reassembled by someone with the band or the brewery. The 200 Best Songs of the 2010s Avicii: “Levels” (2011) Stormzy: “Big for Your Boots” (2017) dvsn: “The Line” (2016) Icona Pop: “I Love It” [ft. Charli XCX] (2012) John Maus: “Believer” (2011) Cloud Nothings: “I’m Not Part of Me” (2014) Lil B: “Wonton Soup” (2010) Nilüfer Yanya: “Baby Luv” … Frank Ocean: “Moon River” (Henry Mancini), 1. LCD Soundsystem: “Seconds” (The Human League), 5. The Delfields The standout track may have been made even better in Misty’s more-than-capable hands. Allison’s haunting vocals bring an entirely different interpretation to the lyrics and more heavily emphasize any melancholic themes contained within. —Steven Edelstone, Along with a joint show at the famed Sydney Opera House, Kevin Morby and Waxahatchee recorded a cover of Bob Dylan’s “It Ain’t Me Babe,” from his 1964 album Another Side of Bob Dylan, in 2018. Aretha Franklin: “Rolling In The Deep” (Adele), 20. It’s almost a country song, with the swirling fiddles and rolling acoustics, but Bridgers’ version is closer to dream-pop, the strings replaced by electronic swells and twinkling effects. —Tyler Kane, Deep in their album cycle for AM, Alex Turner & co. brought lounge chic to Drake’s “Hold On, We’re Going Home,” then the biggest song in the world, completely unmissable if you were within distance of a car radio or a bar playlist. Turns out a Jersey quintet with a few synthesizers can be just as powerful. From Drake, Future, and Kanye West to Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, and Young Thug, here are the best hip-hop albums of the last decade. “Blurred Lines” – Robin Thicke ... appear near the top of our Best of 2019 list. But Japanese Breakfast’s Michelle Zauner doesn’t mess around with the religiously beloved arrangement—she attempts to capture its silky bliss with her own characteristically dreamy vocals and calming presence. “Hold On, We’re Going Home” by Arctic Monkeys (Drake), 25. Mama Said Knock You Out (LL Cool J cover) In doing so, Sunflower Bean tipped its hand a bit in implying the evolution of their sound that would occur between 2016 debut Human Ceremony and 2018’s acclaimed follow-up Twentytwo in Blue, presaging the subtle move away from from indie rock psychedelia in the direction of a poppier sound informed heavily by 1970s classic rock, which continued on 2019 EP King of the Dudes. 50. The 30 Best Cover Songs of the 2010s 1. Among their top-tier covers alongside classics such as “Running Up That Hill” and “I’m on Fire” is “Into the Black,” their take on the Neil Young and Crazy Horse song that Kurt Cobain immortalized in his suicide note. After 11 years of Orthodox Jewish schooling, Jesse Rifkin began to doubt his faith. “Every time I do it, I want to cry.” It’s hard not to have the same reaction as a listener, especially in light of Bradley’s death, which lends yet another new layer of heart-rending sadness to the song. Covered 20 years after the song’s initial release, Mascis’ slow drawl and acoustic guitar chops morphs the ’90s classic into a gorgeous folk song, injecting it with an extra shot of weary emotion and a stunning guitar solo. Bojangles” (Jerry Jeff Walker), Five Good Covers: “What’s Up” (4 Non Blondes), Five Good Covers: “Hurt” (Nine Inch Nails), Five Good Covers: “What A Fool Believes” (Kenny Loggins / The Doobie Brothers). In a year that saw more than its fair share of changes, no one captured all that anguish quite like Bradley, who speaks for us all near the end of “Changes” when he howls, “It hurts so bad … ” Despite the stupefying power of its raw emotion, this song—Charles Bradley’s song—is a reminder that pain is a part of being human. —Ross Bonaime, Only James Murphy could take a new wave rumination on the death of John F. Kennedy (“It took seconds of your time to take his life”) and transform it into an LCD dance hit. These artists refreshed and revived songs that didn’t even need improvement—yet, it’s like hearing these tunes for the very first time. —Marissa Matozzo, Sunflower Bean’s cover of this classic Neil Young track came as part of a four-song, 2016 EP of covers titled From the Basement, which also contained tracks from bands like T-Rex and The Modern Lovers. A track with so much baked-in longing and nostalgia that even the opening guitar reverberations can make tears start to roll is a high mountain for any artist to climb. Our staff list of the 100 most important songs of the decade, from "Baby" to "Old Town Road." Anika —Paste Staff, On her last album, Aretha Franklin Sings The Great Diva Classics, Aretha Franklin does just that—cover songs from some of the loudest, sassiest divas in history. “You Da One” – Rihanna 79. Rihanna doesn’t change Tame Impala’s original at all, simply getting rid of Kevin Parker’s vocals in exchange for her own, but it almost works better as a Rihanna song. —Scott Russell, © 2020 Paste Media Group. —Tyler Kane, Julien Baker and Elliott Smith are something like musical cousins separated by a couple of decades. The singer/songwriter, now an indie staple after the release of her album Atlanta Millionaires Club earlier this year, included “Dancing in the Dark” on her 2013 debut album Run and Tell. Shurely shome mishtake – you must mean Geoff ‘Not Jeff’ Barrow of Portishead, who moonlights as the lean, mean drumming machine in BEAK> and provided the soundtrack/score to Banksy’s tremendously cheeky Exit Through The Gift Shop film. The following list contains the top 100 requested songs of our current decade, the 2010s! Definition: The term "cover version" originally referred to a rival version of a tune recorded to compete with the recently released version of a song.Eventually it went on to have a more general meaning including any performance or recording by someone other than the original artist or composer of a previously recorded, commercially released song. The story of country music in the 2010s is largely the arc of bro country, which rose and faded within the confines of the decade. Father John Misty: “The Suburbs” (Arcade Fire), 16. Beautiful little vocal flourishes are also thrown in by bassist Bridget Kearney and drummer Mike Calabrese, while the more stoic Mike “McDuck” Olson lays on some lovely supporting trumpet. Some of their most popular and frequently performed covers, including George Michael’s “Faith” or Hall & Oates’ “Rich Girl,” can be found on 2012 covers EP Fun Machine, but it’s the same recording’s take on The Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back” that catapulted Lake Street Dive to an entirely different platform of exposure. 2 shows how much emotional heft a man with an acoustic guitar can wield. I came across it by using Bing and I must confess that I am currently subscribed to the website, it is quite decent (; Georg Bee! Fans longing for the old fiery guitarist need look no further than this cover though. On Sturgill Simpson’s sophomore record Metamodern Sounds in Country Music, he dutifully reimagined When in Rome’s 1988 hit “The Promise,” softening its synth-sharp edges with a balladeers perspective on bumbling romantic miscues. As the opener of the band’s sprawling 2012 album Kill for Love, “Into the Black” introduces listeners to Chromatics’ newly hi-fi, nocturnal take on dream pop world while rendering the story of Johnny Rotten as potent as when Young first told it. Regina Spektor: “No Surprises” (Radiohead), 9. You can catch glimpses of the surrounding Sydney Harbour as the two sing beautifully, both in unison and apart. Perhaps not, but the folk supergroup’s Spotify Singles version of the already-stellar track from Vampire Weekend’s 2013 album, Modern Vampires of the City, is immaculate. Consequence of Sound reveals its picks for the Top 25 Rock Songs of the 2010s. “Down On Me” – Jeremih 77. The 200 Best Songs of the 2010s By Pitchfork. 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