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Noah covers many songs on his YouTube channel (username only1noah), but this is one of the most genius examples of a cover song exceeding the quality of the original. I was so surprised the first time that I heard this, and in the most pleasant of ways. Noah is totally awesome, you guys.
11. Haim covers "Oh Well" by Fleetwood Mac
One of my favorite musical discoveries of 2012 was the trio of sisters that make up the group Haim. Get them to cover Fleetwood Mac and I am basically done. Listen to them completely rock out and I guarantee your day will be 110% better.
10. Robert Ellis covers "Rene and Georgette Magritte With Their Dog After the War" by Paul Simon
4. Punch Brothers cover "Just What I Needed" by The Cars
In my next life I want to be Thile's little knitted cap. GOOD GOD YOU ALL. This is the best thing.
3. Sea of Bees covers "Leaving on a Jet Plane" by John Denver
I AM OBSESSED WITH SEA OF BEES AND I AM OBSESSED WITH JOHN DENVER AND THIS IS PERFECTION AND I CAN'T HANDLE HOW MUCH I LOVE THIS UUUUUUUUUUGH.
2. Mercy!Mid-Atlantic covers "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" by Taylor Swift
Easily the most-listened-to of all of the covers on my top list this year, Mercy! Mid-Atlantic has done the impossible. They have made me love Taylor Swift. Or, at least, this song of hers. This cover is genius and I love everything about it the end.
1. Alabama Shakes cover "How Many More Times" by Led Zeppelin
Prepare thyself for greatness unlimited.