I love cover songs. This probably dates back to my highschool "emo" phase when I was obsessed with "Punk Goes Pop" for some strange reason. 

A cover song is truly great when it takes a song you know already and just completely flips it around.  So here's ten of my favorites. I haven't included any of the amazing covers (Buckley, Wainright, JT) or Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" because they could probably fill up a blog post of their own. Also, I didn't consider songs first made famous as a "cover" (e.g. Hendrix performing Dylan's "All Along the Watchtower"). 

In no particular order:

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Ben Lee: MGMT's "Kids"

Bright Eyes: Elliott Smith's "The Biggest Lie"

The Gaslight Anthem: Kelly Clarkson's "I do not Hook Up" 

Wilco: Daniel Johnston's "True Love Will Find You in the End"

Magnolia Electric Company: Warren Zevon's "Lawyers, Guns, and Money"
(mainly because I love this song, and not because it's a particularly novel take on it)

Matt the Electrician: Journey's "Faithfully"

(embedding was disabled, but this is by far the best version)

Stevie Wonder: The Beatles' "We Can Work it Out"
... BAM

And finally, a personal favorite-
Steve Carell & Dane Cook: Pete Townshend's "Let My Love Open the Door"

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