The Best Covers of R.E.M. Songs (Page 2)

Song previews provided courtesy of iTunes
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Vitamin String Quartet

Losing My Religion by Vitamin String Quartet

Anyone who is familiar with Vitamin String Quartet knows that they just kill it on every song that they cover. For those who aren't familiar, these guys do string quartet covers of rock songs... and they just kill it on every song that they cover. Buy it on iTunes (or hear longer preview)

12
Monroaw

Finest Worksong by Monroaw

Crisp and crunchy guitars highlight this simply rockin' version of Finest Worksong, which is, of course, a simply rockin' song. Buy it on iTunes (or hear longer preview)

13
Anouk

Losing My Religion by Anouk

A great live acoustic cover from Dutch singing sensation Anouk. You can really feel the connection she has with the crowd on this one. Buy it on iTunes (or hear longer preview)

14
Jenny Oaks Baker

Everybody Hurts by Jenny Oaks Baker

A great solo violin cover of this tune, Jenny really pulls the emotions out of it, string by string. Buy it on iTunes (or hear longer preview)

15
Danni Carlos

Losing My Religion by Danni Carlos

Though a fairly straightforward cover, the addition of Brazilian Danni Carlos' Portuguese accent gives this song a certain very cool flair. Buy it on iTunes (or hear longer preview)

16
The Reticent

Losing My Religion by The Reticent

A slow and downright haunting version of this tune with echoey broken chords on the electric guitar, topped off with a highly emotional vocal delivery. Buy it on iTunes (or hear longer preview)

17
Lindentree

Losing My Religion by Lindentree

No offense to Bill Berry, but the shuffling drums on this country-esque cover are really what draw you in. And hey, the accordian is a nice touch too. Buy it on iTunes (or hear longer preview)

18
Done Again

Radio Free Europe by Done Again

Okay, so generally I don't go in for straightforward note-for-note type covers, but this one not only hits the notes, it hits the feel of the original. Buy it on iTunes (or hear longer preview)

19
Pinn Panelle

Radio Free Europe by Pinn Panelle

A fast and punkyish cover. The guitar drives along and the slight chord changes make for an interesting twist at the end of the verses. Buy it on iTunes (or hear longer preview)

20
This Unique Museum

Try Not to Breathe by This Unique Museum

So, take REM, who defined the alternative sound of the 80s and perform one of their songs in the "adult alternative" style of the 2010s and this is what you get: sparse, haunting and cool. Buy it on iTunes (or hear longer preview)

21
Treebeard

It's The End of the World as We Know It by Treebeard

Let's turn this one into a raucous Irish pub-rock song, complete with fiddle. Right? Right! Buy it on iTunes (or hear longer preview)

22
Guitar Tribute Players

Losing My Religion by Guitar Tribute Players

This tune is a highlight on an album chock full of solo acoustic versions of some great songs. Buy it on iTunes (or hear longer preview)

23
Essential Duo

Everybody Hurts by Essential Duo

A beautiful, Italian-accented female voice (I love the way she pronounces "well hang on" as "well 'ang on") atop a soft harp (really, a harp!) give this tune a slow and dreamy feel. Buy it on iTunes (or hear longer preview)

25
The Huge

Losing My Religion by The Huge

A cool, jazzy version. Imagine that a 60s jazz lounge band got hold of this song from the future and added it to one of their sets. Buy it on iTunes (or hear longer preview)

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