10 Times Taylor Swift Slayed A Cover Song

Originally posted on BuzzFeed

Taylor Swift is known for being an amazing songwriter and singer But her covers of other people’s music are also fantastic.

10. “Dancing in the Dark/ Livin’ on A Prayer,” Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi

She only does a small portion of each song, but they are amazing.

9. “Bette Davis Eyes,” Kim Carnes

Taylor infuses this song with an innocence the original is lacking. Beautiful and heartfelt.

8. “Cowboy Take Me Away,” Dixie Chicks

Martie Maguire, one of the original members of the Dixie Chicks, was in the audience at this show, making this performance even more special.

7. “White Blank Page,” Mumford and Sons

True, she didn’t so this one on her own, and had her backing band help her out, but this cover is pretty awesome.

6. “Untouchable,” by Luna Halo

This song was covered for the Platinum addition of her album Fearless, and she makes some artistic risks with this cover, turning a rock song into a ballad. And it’s wonderfully flawless.

5. “Riptide,” Vance Joy

Seeing as she’s taking Vance Joy on the road with her for the 1989 tour, Taylor’s cover of his smash “Riptide” makes sense musically and in terms of getting her headliner a bit more attention. Plus, it’s just her and a piano for most of it, and it rocks.

4. “This Love,” Maroon 5

Once again turning a rock song into a sad ballad, Taylor manages to infuse more despair and meaning into this cover than the original.

3. “Run,” George Strait
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Taylor opened for George on tour, so she got to watch him perform many times. Still, this cover feels relevant and interesting, as well as being one of her best live vocal performances of all time.

2. “Nashville,” David Mead

Not a famous song, Taylor chose this song because she liked it — and she took a risk by covering the entire song to an audience that wouldn’t be able to sing a long. But her voice carries this song, making it emotional, sincere, and heartfelt. And her vocals are killer as well.

1. “Drops of Jupiter,” Train

Her best cover by far. Her vocal are flawless, and it’s such a great song that many years later, the audience still knows all the words. But Taylor was able to make it fun, sweet, and sad all at the same time, with just her voice and an acoustic guitar. I think I speak for everyone when I say, “YAS, BITCH YAS!”

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