With the cast of “Glee” belting out theatrical versions of classic pop songs all year round and, over in the UK, the Christmas Number One being snapped up by a poppy version of a rock anthem, 2010 was the year of cover song celebration.
They say imitation is the highest form of flattery, and judging by this list we’re quick to agree. Pop stars give nods to indie idols, and buzz bands bravely participate in the ultimate form of hero worship.
First up is UK “X Factor” winner Matt Cardle, who (after much competition) won the coveted title of Christmas Number One with his rendition of Scottish rockers Biffy Clyro’s “When We Collide” (originally titled “Many of Horror”). With Biffy landing at #33 in the Last.fm Best of 2010 chart, it looks as though Matt’s success with the song, currently at 23,321 scrobbles, could elevate him to a similar level next year.
LA’s Warpaint have toured their way to wide recognition throughout the year, and the release of their debut album, The Fool has bolstered the band’s already impressive stats up to 1,522,363 plays overall. However, this little known track, released as part of the We Were So Turned On War Child compilation, is a fitting tribute to Bowie and stays true to the original version, whilst swapping the glamour and bite for a more psychedelic, swooning trip. And with 22,735 scrobbles, it looks as though a lot of you share the love. Major Tom would approve.
After hitting our Hype Charts back in October, This Century’s pop-rock version of M.I.A’s huge hit Paper Planes has soared up the Last.fm charts and earned the Phoenix quartet 32,823 scrobbles. They’re got a long road ahead if they want to beat M.I.A though, as the original version clearly still holds a place in many Last.fm listener’s hearts, standing at 5,570,671 plays.
It’s a huge risk to take on one of the most well-known love songs of our time (most famed for its inclusion on the soundtrack to 2001 musical Moulin Rouge), but Ellie pulls it off with quiet elegance. Her understated version is working its way up the charts, currently hitting 179,842 scrobbles, but she still has a long way to go; Elton’s original stands at a whopping 1,442,788, with 344,424 unique listeners.
On their second self-titled album released this year, Crystal Castles chose to take on Canadian new wavers Platinum Blonde, but it’s this version featuring The Cure’s Robert Smith that really strikes a nostalgic chord. Though the original only charts at 3,881 scrobbles, this cover takes the track to a wider audience, with a total of 512,725 listeners.
Check back tomorrow to find out who topped the Last.fm Trends’ cover song chart.