Freddie Mercury is back! Music tournament veterans know that from 2010-2012, no artist dominated our music tournament landscape like Queen. One of Freddie’s solo numbers headlines a list that includes the Stevie Wonder and Radiohead. You can listen at the bottom of this playlist and vote by commenting below before 11:59pm on Thursday.
#4 The Great Pretender (Freddie Mercury) vs. #13 Mary Don’t You Weep (Bruce Springsteen and Seeger Session Band).
#4 Sloop John B (Beach Boys) vs. #13 Fiona Apple (Across the Universe). Fiona had the highest scoring Beatles cover of the pre-lims, but now she goes against the vocal onslaught of the Pet Sounds-era Beach Boys covering the Kingston Trio.
#5 Ceremony (Radiohead) vs. #12 Atlantic City (The Band). The video of Radiohead covering New Order, clearly one of their influences, is fun and a little intense. Bruce is all over this tournament, including this seemingly anachronistic Band cover.
#2 Mr. Tamburine Man (Byrds) vs. #15 The Passenger (Kid Loco). When the Byrds first broke on the scene, they were called a cross between the Beatles and Bob Dylan, which makes sense, because they were basically imitating the Beatles sound while covering Dylan songs. This one is particularly stunning. Meanwhile, Kid Loco’s Iggy Pop cover did quite well in the pre-lims.
#3 We Can Work It Out (Stevie Wonder) vs. #14 The Orchids (Califone). Califone may have gotten out of the pre-lims, but they are running smack into a legend who just sounds like he’s having a blast with this cover.