Covers Tournament Retrospective: The Originals

Perhaps an egregious oversight on our part, but I thought it might be fun to revisit the Sweet Sixteen from the Covers Tournament and look at how that playlist compared to the originals. As you all remember, we invited the larger audience of viewers to submit nominations for the best cover of all time and after a fierce few months of match-ups and voting, “With A Little  Help From My Friends” came out on top. How do those songs compare to their originals? This isn’t a new tournament or anything (we’re brainstorming ideas for that still, look for an announcement in the coming months,) but I thought it’d be fun to provide a playlist of our Sweet Sixteen pool. Here’s a version with just the originals, and here’s a version with the originals followed by the covers that competed in the tournament. Except for some exceptions where I couldn’t find the actual song but found a close version. And except for the Beatles, who hate Grooveshark. As a bonus, instead of the covers I also included a Band/Staples duet of “The Weight” as well as a Lily Allen/Mick Jones duet for “Straight To Hell.” Song list below if you can’t remember- enjoy!

Sweet Sixteen Originals
Sweet Sixteen Originals and Covers

Somewhere Over The Rainbow (Judy Garland/Israel Kamakawiwo’ole)
In The Pines (Lead Belly/Nirvana)
Killing Me Softly (Roberta Flack/The Fugees)
Travelin’ Soldier (Bruce Robison w/ Kelly Williams/Dixie Chicks)
The Weight (The Band/The Staple Singers w/ The Band)
Proud Mary (Creedence Clearwater Revival/Ike & Tina Turner)
Valerie (The Zutons/Amy Winehouse w/ Mark Ronson)
I Found A Reason (The Velvet Underground/Cat Power)
I Won’t Back Down (Tom Petty/Johnny Cash)
Mad World (Tears For Fears/Gary Jules)
Black Magic Woman (Fleetwood Mac/Santana)
Straight To Hell (The Clash/Lily Allen w/ Mick Jones)
I Fought The Law (The Crickets/The Clash)
What A Wonderful World (Louis Armstrong/Joey Ramone)
With A Little Help From My Friends (Joe Cocker/The Beatles (YouTube))
Two Of Us (Aimee Mann & Michael Penn/The Beatles(YouTube))

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The day I was born, Michael Jackson's Thriller album was at the top of the Billboard 200. I've been trying my best to live up to that expectation ever since.
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