Tuesday, February 10, 2009


"Thirteen" by Big Star has been one of my all-time favorite songs for years. The simple lyrics are absolutely perfect, the acoustic picking is charming, and the wavering harmonies tie the song together as probably the best song about young love, ever. Naturally, a song this good can't survive without being covered. Luckily, the covers I've heard are beautiful takes on the original that would make Alex Chilton proud.

From Wilco's piano-laced take on the tune to Elliott Smith's earnest rendition to Garbage's moody pop-rock ballad, these interpretations of the flawless song prove that it may be perfect, but it isn't without equal.

Which is your favorite cover?

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