The 10 Best Smiths Covers

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After hearing a pretty decent cover of “This Charming Band” by Skaters this morning, I decided to add it to my “10 Best Smiths Covers” playlist on Soundcloud. So now there are 11 songs on it.

It includes everyone from Balance and Composure and At The Drive In to Radiohead, Death Cab For Cutie and Owen.

Not included is Jeff Buckely’s stunning cover of ” I know it’s Over” because it’s not on Soundcloud and I can’t upload it due to copyright infringements….

Listen here:

The 10 Best Smiths Covers

“I Would Go Out Tonight…”: covering “This Charming Man”


Countless bands have covered and paid tribute to The Smiths over the years, which makes sense because they were such a hugely influential force in the world of what’s now known as indie rock. NYC indie rockers “Skaters” just covered one of their most popular, beloved songs, “This Charming Man,” giving it a slightly grungy, gritty, but still danceable feel.

Right after I listened to it, I felt like I needed to listen to the only other good cover of the song I know, by the Canadian indiepop band, Stars. Their cover has a much more subdued sound and vibe, which gives the listener a whole new way of experiencing the song.

I think both covers work well, and it’s just always interesting to hear how bands reinterpret other artists’ songs. The Smiths are one of my all time favorite bands, so I can never resist a good Smiths cover.

Listen to both covers here:

Skaters cover

Stars cover

Death Cab For Cutie’s Ben Gibbard covers Stars’ “Set Yourself on Fire”


Death Cab For Cutie’s Ben Gibbard has a cover of Stars’ “Set Yourself on Fire” on his soundcloud page, and it is absolutely beautiful. If you’re a fan of either band or if you just love well crafted, chill indiepop, you definitely need to hear it:

He also released an amusing Ol’ Dirty Bastard mashup he just made today, which is totally worth listening to. Bonus!