Yesterday we shared the first half of our top 10 cover versions of 2010, and now it’s time for the final five tracks.
Featuring huge hits, quieter odes of admiration and unexpected treats galore, our list charts Last.fm Trends’ favorite renditions.
Zooey Deschanel and M.Ward’s collaborative album, Volume 2 was one of the highest scorers in the Last.fm Best Of 2010 chart, checking in at #47, and since March both cover songs on the album have received a lot of love. The duo’s country-tinged version of Skeeter Davis’ melancholy “Gonna Get Along Without You Now” is currently sitting pretty at 271,055, with their homage to NRBQ’s “Ridin’ In My Car” tailgating just behind, in at 270,315 scrobbles.
Gleeks unite! Ever since they first hit our screens, the all-singing and dancing cast of Glee have been taking the concept of the cover song to a wholly new and extravagant level. Although it was first released in 2009, their cover of Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’” has continued to climb the Last.fm charts throughout 2010, and after being rereleased this year, we though it only right to pick this upbeat classic. The track currently checks in with 553,414 scrobbles, and in the past year Journey’s original track has received a boost, holding court at the top of their chart with 3,006,773 plays.
Covered by Shakira, jj, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark and The Pretty Reckless, The xx certainly gained many a celebrity fan this year, but it’s Damon Albarn’s posse of cartoon musicians that steal the cover version crown. Rather than altering the mood completely, Gorillaz maintained the same fragility but changed the alternating male-female vocals to a single voice, and their take has earned them 21,803 scrobbles, with a quarter made up of unique listeners.
Cee Lo has had a great year with his own release, Cee Lo Green Is The Lady Killer, and here he gives the beardy band’s rock ballad a little extra soul. In the past two months alone, “No One’s Gonna Love You” has reached 76,138 scrobbles, though the original track will prove tough to beat, as it currently stands at a huge 1,387,745. Could it be only a matter of time before the self-named Soul Machine catches up with the original?
We’re pleased to announce that the cover song top spot goes to the 21 year old’s cover of Feist’s “Limit To Your Love.” The mysterious British newcomer took the track to an even more stunning and sparse level towards the end of 2010, and though it may be a late addition, since it hit our charts in October it’s gone sky high. James’ version is currently at 58,324 scrobbles, with 10,849 unique listeners, whilst the original is still standing tall with 1,117,827 scrobbles.