MIIRRORS: “Gunshot Glitter” (Jeff Buckley), 6. Don't forget to let go of the things that aren't serving you. Covering Buckley is a near herculean task—Buckley had one of the biggest vocal ranges in music history, after all—and MIIRRORS pass with flying colors. All the ups and downs are normal, but girls can face anything. Franklin’s version also added what has become one of the tune’s most iconic passages. Some people might think you need them in your life, but that's not true. All you need is your BFFs when you're down. It's awesome being a woman and don't you ever forget it. Most empowering lyric: "You put on a show / 'Cause you don't want the world to know / That you lost a girl who got it on her own / It'd be good for you to let it go", Most empowering lyric: "So you say I'm complicated / That I must be outta my mind / But you had me underrated, rated, rated / What's wrong with being, what's wrong with being, what's wrong with being confident?". A song that's been continuously reimagined and reperformed, it embodies the often tangled relationship between very different and differently beloved iterations of art, in this case even inspiring an entire book (Alan Light's great The Holy or the Broken). With Matt Johnson, original Buckley studio and touring drummer in tow (he notably left the band before the Sweetheart the Drunk sessions and now tours with St. Vincent), the band do a very convincing job giving “Gunshot Glitter” the life it never had. Most empowering lyric: "Question, tell me how you feel about this / Try to control me, boy, you get dismissed / Pay my own fun, oh, and I pay my own bills / Always fifty fifty in relationships", First Time Voter? If The Waterboys saw the crescent, Fiona Apple sees the whole of the moon. Seventeen picks products that we think you'll love the most. Phoebe Bridgers: “Georgia Lee” (Tom Waits), 1. Sometimes the harshest critic is the one in the mirror. I feel like a woman!". —Amanda Gersten, New Chicago group MIIRRORS did the impossible: successfully covered Jeff Buckley and gave the song the production it always deserved. Killer take on Led Zep’s song. Most empowering lyric: "I go hard, I go hard / Get what's mine, take what's mine / I'm a star, I'm a star / 'Cause I slay, slay", This song puts a modern spin on the 1970s lyric "I am woman, hear me roar. Goals, honestly. Most empowering lyric: "Baby girl, don't you hang your head low / Don't you lose your halo / Everyone's gonna be okay". We selected 13 of the best refreshed, reinvented reprises from this year and listed them here. This is the band’s first ever single, and outside of a few basic facts, their publicist has kept his mouth zipped up despite my repeated questions. —Lizzie Manno, Fiona Apple leaves an indelible imprint on everything she touches—from The Beatles to The Beach Boys to The Waterboys. Tamara Fuentes is the entertainment editor for Seventeen and covers celebrity news, pop culture, television, movies, music, and books. Once a common way to have music cover more territory, so-called “cover songs” are now largely novelties or tributes. Julien Baker: “The Modern Leper” (Frightened Rabbit), 3. There's nothing wrong with flaunting a little self-love. Most empowering lyric: "And I can be all the things you told me not to be / When you try to come for me, I keep on flourishing / And he see the universe when I'm in company / It's all in me". Ain’t That A Shame-Cheap Trick. / Why you gotta mess with mine? —Lizzie Manno, Folk trio Lula Wiles have clearly been taking notes from other all-female folk and country groups. Most empowering lyric: "When did you get too comfortable? We can find ourselves somewhere in there, and that's why we keep coming back to it. Across four top-10 lists in 2014, Treble made a deep dive into how modern covers albums explored past artists and songs. Sometimes, you just have to shake all the haters off. Most empowering lyric: "Them old mistakes are gone, I won't do them no more / That's old news there's new news, I done did that before / I turned nothing to something, my comeback on one hunnid' / Less talking, more action, you just gon' see CiCi coming / I just keep elevating, no losses, just upgrading / My lessons, made blessings I turned that into money / Thank God I never settled this view is so much better / I'm chilling, I'm winning, like on another level", Most empowering lyric: "Who says I must conceal what I’m made of? It’s a rather sad concept—a toxic love that brings only “misery” and anxiety—but the three women don’t sound woebegone on their cover. On top of taking home a slew of awards, the song went on to sell over 14 million copies, making it one of the bestselling songs by a female vocalist, ever. Accordingly, the tunes on this best covers songs list don’t disappoint. Most empowering lyric: "And I can't help lovin' myself / And I don't need nobody else /If I was you I'd wanna be me, too". Most empowering lyric: "Write what you want, say what you want 'bout me / If you're wondering, know that I'm not sorry. While the Soft Cell’s cut is more danceable, Toy’s version is far more icy, atmospheric and expansive and—dare I say—far superior to the original. In order to qulaify for this list the song's lead singer(s) must be women. —Steven Edelstone, Indie acts have really enjoyed covering country songs in years of late—boygenius famously tackled the Dixie Chicks’ “Cowboy Take Me Away” at KEXP this year, whereas Maggie Rogers did a number on Taylor Swift’s “Tim McGraw” for Spotify in 2018. However, when emerging Father/Daughter artist Sir Babygirl took on the song, it truly captured the liberated spirit of the original. Toss on some Salt -N-Pepa for ways to serve up the right amount of sass. Comprehensive as it was, we left open the question of what might be the world’s greatest individual covers. Most empowering lyric: "I know you've had a rough time / Here I've come to hijack you (hijack you), I'll love you while / I'm making the most of the night". As any film viewer knows, many movie remakes are duds. Lula Wiles: “The Pain of Loving You” (Trio: Dolly Parton, Linda Rondstadt & Emmylou Harris), 11. This girl group reminds us that our friends will always be there to lift us up. Most empowering lyric: "But who are you to judge / When you're a diamond in the rough / I'm sure you got some things / You'd like to change about yourself / But when it comes to me / I wouldn't want to be anybody else". Say it with us now: R-E-S-P-E-C-T. For a song as heavy with melancholy as “Hurt” already was, Cash's straightforward reading of it still somehow added weight. She wrote it about her former producer Dr. Luke, whose several-year lawsuit continues to rage, and when she brought on Camila Cabello, Bebe Rexha, Cyndi Lauper and other big-name female musicians to perform it with her in front of the most powerful suits in music, it became a literal embodiment of speaking truth to power. The Seattle grunge heroes performed this David Bowie tune during their now-legendary 1993 MTV Unplugged appearance, effectively exposing it to a completely new audience—which resulted in young concert goers occasionally telling Bowie it was cool he was playing a Nirvana song. Hendrix was by all accounts a superfan, and recorded a number of pristine Dylan covers, but years on “Watchtower” remains the cream of the crop. It’s one of the most arresting songs on the record. Appearing in 1964, just a few years after Ben E. King's recording became a hit, Redding's version is notable not for any dramatic structural changes, but as evidence of just how much power an incomparable vocalist has over a performance. It sounds entirely her own. 4:12 0:30. 1. Together, they sound completely free—and completely at home. Time Out is a registered trademark of Time Out America LLC. / 'Cause I'm too good for that, I'm too good for that", Most empowering lyric: "And I don't really care if nobody else believes / 'Cause I've still got a lot of fight left in me". KEXP finally unveiled boygenius‘ 2018 performance this spring, and with it came the proper recording their radio- and tour-only rendition of “Cowboy Take Me Away.” Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers and Lucy Dacus’ tribute to fellow trifecta Dixie Chicks is full of a melancholy yearning that makes it feel like a spiritual companion to boygenius closer “Ketchum, ID.” Trading verses about longing to be held under the stars and to stand alone under sublime skyscraper-free skies, the trio share the same conflicting desires that made them want to “dissolve the band” and “move to Idaho”: to find solitude and to find belonging, for stability and for freedom. But the covers didn’t stop and end with “Cowboy Take Me Away”: Lana Del Rey, Lucy Dacus, Fiona Apple, Julien Baker and so many others shared fresh takes on old favorites. As the song builds upon ebullient piano and synth, your heart is sure to swell, too. Otis's unrivaled pipes bring the song to soaring, desperate heights. But nothing is known about MIIRRORS. Most empowering lyric: "I love me / Can’t help myself, no, I don’t need anybody else / Anytime, day or night". Play on Spotify. I Feel Like A Woman" - Shania Twain, "Making the Most of the Night" - Carly Rae Jepsen, "Independent Women (Part 1)" - Destiny's Child. / Girls". Paired with programmed drums and electric guitar, this stirring version is the perfect display of solidarity with Kesha. Now don’t confuse these for easy karaoke songs—many of these cover tunes are even more audacious and hard to replicate than the originals. Most empowering lyric: "You know some days you feel so good in your own skin / But it's okay if you wanna change the body that you came in / 'Cause you look greatest when you feel like a damn queen / We're all just playing a game in a way, trying to win at life", Most empowering lyric: "A girl can do what she wants to do and that's what I'm gonna do". Most empowering lyric: "What's the matter with your life? Most empowering lyric: "Now I am invincible / No, I ain't a scared little girl no more / Yeah, I am invincible / What was I running for / I was hiding from the world / I was so afraid, I felt so unsure / Now I am invincible another perfect storm". By entering your email address you agree to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy and consent to receive emails from Time Out about news, events, offers and partner promotions. 40. P!nk is always there for anyone needing to release a little pent-up rage. Hendrix does the opposite here, metamorphosing folkie Dylan into a churning rock n' roll freight train, fueled by the urgent, fluid guitar licks that only Jimi could pull off. 4. Countless artists have adopted Al Green's 1974 sleek soul number as their own over the years, including Foghat, Tom Jones, Courtney Love, and Big Mouth Billy Bass. —Clare Martin, © 2020 Paste Media Group. All the more impressive then that Buckley's interpretation remains the definitive one. Most empowering lyric: "Wondering if I'd get there quicker / If I was a man / And I'm so sick of them coming at me again / 'Cause if I was a man / Then I'd be the man". Most empowering lyric: "Ladies all across the world, listen up, we're looking for recruits / If you with me, let me see your hands, stand up and salute / Get your killer heels, sneakers, pumps or lace up your boots / Representing all the women, salute".

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