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10 Best Cover Songs of 2013

Surprising homages, old-school funk jams and a touching Lou Reed tribute

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Lorde, "Swinging Party"

Lorde's tales of empty bottles and empty selves in the suburban wilderness could be transported to any other city on the planet – including Minneapolis 30 years ago. So, it's no shock she knocked her version of this 1985 Replacements classic out the park. The 16 year-old pop-rap star slows down Paul Westerberg's beery song about getting old and boring before you know what's happening into mumble-soul with a scary undercurrent of blankhearted teenage terror.

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