10 of the Best Covers Albums in Music History

Cat Power — The Covers Record

Chan Marshall’s fifth studio album does exactly what it says on the, um, cover — it’s an eclectic selection of cover versions, encompassing everything from The Rolling Stones’ “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” to traditional folk song “Salty Dog” and one of Marshall’s own songs (“In This Hole,” which originally appeared on her 1996 album What Would the Community Think). And yet, despite the diverse source material, this spins like a coherent record of originals, mainly because Marshall makes the songs completely her own, dismantling their arrangements and rebuilding them as stripped-back, live recordings. It’s like she’s sitting there in your lounge, playing for you — only better, because she’s not embarking on long monologues or hiding under the piano.