Eight Covers of Gotye's "Somebody That I Used To Know," From Great To Just Awful

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Gotye? More like "got ya," am I right???
Tomorrow night sees the arrival of unstoppable force Gotye, as the Belgian-Australian singer and his cohorts take over a sold-out Verizon Theater to play a bunch of songs no one wants to hear till he closes the show with "Somebody That I Used to Know." The song plays on the radio every few minutes, has been given the Glee treatment, and was even parodied on Saturday Night Live. It has also become roughly the most covered song ever, thanks to groups and individual singers posting video after video of their take on the hit. Below you will see eight takes on "Somebody," ranging from the sublime to the awful.

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It should be noted that each of these takes is being rated on the 1 to 10 covers index, with 1 being Smash Mouth's cover of "I'm a Believer" and 10 being The El Michaels Affair's cover of "Shimmy Shimmy Ya."

PS22's chorus-only version
These kids are adorable, and already stole the show at the 2011 Oscars with their rendition of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow." Now they're here to lay down the cover law.
Score: 9. This is about as awesome as They Might Be Giants' cover of "Tubthumping."

Karmin's version
The second most hated performer on Saturday Night Live last year returns to what made them famous and belts out a cover for Sirius radio. Honestly, I only made it a few seconds in.
Score: -2. Karmin is worse than every crime Will.I.Am has ever committed.

Walk off the Earth's version
Do you like gimmicks? Well you'll love this video: It's FIVE PEOPLE PLAYING ONE GUITAR! FUCKING UNIQUE, RIGHT? This sucks. Seriously, someone let me know when Harptallica does a version.
Score: 1. This is Leann Rimes covering "Purple Rain" bad.

Pentatonix's acapella version
Fuck you, Glee. Seriously, this shit is all your fault. Remember when acapella groups knew their place and just did commercial jingles and PBS game show themes? The worst part is the overtly dramatic beat-keeping these people do. LOOK AT ME, I'M HARMONIZING VIOLENTLY WITH MY BODY.
Score: 4. This is like the first season of Glee's constant use of "Don't Stop Believin'" terrible.


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GenoS
GenoS

Funny, maybe I'm out of the loop though I'm actually going to ACL! I know that song is catchy and is pseudo-popular, but I didn't know it was THAT popular. Wow. The song still never

debdoingdallas
debdoingdallas

@JaimesonPaul thx a lot. Now I have listened to some of those. Great.

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