a-ha, "Take on Me" [The Twelves Remix]
Shouldn't there be a million and a half remixes of this song? Wasn't everyone born after 1986 played this in the womb? We're fairly sure this is now Rhode Island's state song. What gives, Internet? All we've been able to find is this revved up Twelves remix and >this endlessly watchable video.
Keri Hilson, "Since U Been Gone" [Kelly Clarkson Cover]
We're tiptoeing slowly back toward being OK with "Gone" covers. For a while there, every new version of this song seemed about as witty and original as your co-worker who's still showing off his Borat impression. If you're an indie rock band, you should not ever cover this song. If you're Keri Hilson, and you're going for a slipper R&B version, we'll let it slide.
Bjrk, "Nattura" [Switch Remix]
Superproducer Switch has accomplished the impossible: he's managed to make Björk even weirder. This song sounds like it's set in some Pixar version of Jamaica, and Bjork is reduced to a jabbering phantom who shows up for a few minutes to speak her mind before vanishing into the local greenery. In other words, this remix is a mind-blower.
Easy Star All Stars ft. Frankie Paul, "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds" [Beatles Cover]
The Easy Star All-Stars song-by-song reggae cover of Sgt. Pepper finds the Fab Four's weird rasta center, and recontextualizes every song in such a way that there can finally no be debate — this time, every song is indeed about drugs.
We Are the World, "Why Can't I Be You?" [Cure Cover]
We wish this cover was by the group of musicians who recorded the original "We Are the World," because we'd really love to hear Dan Aykroyd get his pipes around this one.