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Hear Readers' Favorite Live Covers

Your picks include Jimi Hendrix's "Star-Spangled Banner" and Nirvana's "Where Did You Sleep Last Night?"

February 15, 2013 12:00 PM ET

A great artist takes someone else's song and manages to transform it into something else entirely. We asked our readers to vote for their favorite live covers. Listen to the results.

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