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Bon Iver: “I Can’t Make You Love Me / Nick of Time” (Bonnie Raitt covers)
Every ’80s soft rocker has an Aughties hipster who loves them, and few are more devoted than Iver’s Justin Vernon, who brings all of his warbly, falsetto-y goodness to bear on this piano-based cover.
DSharp: “Last Friday Night (TGIF)” (Katy Perry cover)
Even Katy Perry songs sound classy when they’re played on a violin.
Calvinist: “Yo-Yo” (Pylon cover)
New Yorker magazine writer Sasha Frere-Jones and Sleigh Bells singer Alexis Krauss tackle this 1983 classic from Athens, Ga., indie rock outliers Pylon.
Britney Spears: “Burning Up” (Madonna cover)
Madonna’s original was a heat-seeking missile of sexual purposefulness and grim determination. Spears’s version, released in conjunction with her tour, sounds like what would happen if an AutoTune machine gained sentience.
Tennis: “Is it True?” (Brenda Lee cover)
The husband-and-wife duo faithfully re-create Lee’s 1964 hit, which featured a pre-Zeppelin Jimmy Page, then a session player, on guitar.