This tournament will often have two posts up at any given time, so you can still vote on Day 1 matchups until tomorrow at midnight.
Welcome to Day 2! You can listen to all of the songs here except for Sex on Fire, and vote in the comment section before 11:59pm on Thursday, November 27. There are plenty of old and plenty of mellow artists in this tournament, but our first matchup is all glitz and glamour:
#8 Sex on Fire (Beyonce) vs. #9 Toxic (Mark Ronson). Bey needs no intro. Neither does this Kings of Leon hit. For those who remember this song from our tourney a few years ago, we have a better version now. On the flip side, we’ve seen a lot of interesting Toxic covers over the years, but no one does Britney better than Mark Ronson, who was also the force behind Amy Winehouse’s cover of Valerie.
Play-in: More Than a Woman (Tavares) vs. You’ll Be a Woman Soon (Urge Overkill). It’s the battle of movie soundtracks! (Saturday Night Fever v. Pulp Fiction.) It’s also the battle of two of the great hitmakers of modern pop/rock, Barry Gibb (origin of the name, Bee Gees) v. Neil Diamond. Both writers took their own stabs at these songs, but the covers bring a bit more to the table.
Play-in: I Fought the Law (Clash) vs. Black Magic Woman (Santana). These are both classics, well-familiar to music fans. They both lost disappointingly early in the last Covers tournament, so making this matchup a play-in is a balancing act between seeking new blood and giving these legends another shot.
Play-in: Bohemian Rhapsody (Jake Shinabukuro) vs. Blitzkrieg Bop (Yo La Tengo). Instrumentals bring their own loveliness to the game. Here are two brilliant reinterpretations of classic radio songs by Queen and the Ramones.
#7 I Heard it Through the Grapevine (Creedence Clearwater Revival) vs. #10 Feelin’ Alright (Joe Cocker). Once you’re done voting on this one, treat yourself to John Belushi’s Joe Cocker duet with Joe Cocker. Feelin’ Alright was originally done by Traffic, an underrated 60s band featuring Steve Winwood, and Grapevine was of course done by Marvin Gaye, another 60s figure who may have become underrated at this point.