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31 Best Covers of 2013: Miley Cyrus, Adam Lambert, Jared Leto, 1D & More

Plus Lana Del Rey, Adam Levine, Morrissey and many more cover their favorite tracks

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Miley Cyrus - Lana Del Rey's "Summertime Sadness"

Beneath all the midget fondlingweed-smoking and accusations of bullyingMiley sometimes finds time to engage in another hobby: singing. Her raspy twang sounds remarkably right at home on this LDR cover.

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Chvrches - Whitney Houston's "It's Not Right But It's Okay"

The Scottish synthpop band put a blippy/synthy spin on Whitney's 1999 comeback track from her fourth studio album, My Love Is Your Love. It's so expertly crafted we're curious why it wasn't included on Chvrches' debut album, The Bones of What You Believe.

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Adam Lambert - Lady Gaga's "Marry the Night"

Adam Glambert attacks the Born This Way single with gusto, bringing a theatrical, classic rock wail to Gaga's electro-pop banger. If his covers are this good, maybe an album full of 'em isn't such a bad idea...

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Tori Kelly - Justin Timberlake's "Suit & Tie"

One listen to YouTube star Tori Kelly's take on the JT hit and you'll see why her channel boasts over 700,000 subscribers. After signing with Scooter Braun this year—manager to Justin Bieber, Carly Rae Jepsen and Psy—this 20-year-old should be making big waves in 2014.

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The 1975 - One Direction's "What Makes You Beautiful"

Genre-blending Manchester quartet The 1975 dropped by BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge to cover "What Makes You Beautiful" by fellow Brits One Direction. The boy band's original version is an upbeat, fun pop super-hit, but in the hands of The 1975, it's a heart-wrenching piano ballad with sweeping guitar and yearning vocals from frontman Matt Healy.

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Adam Levine & Usher - Stevie Wonder's "Superstition"

Get funky! With the "Sexiest Man Alive" on guitar and a full brass section in back, Adam Levine and Usher delivered a spot-on version of the '70s classic on The Voice.

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Morrissey - Lou Reed's "Satellite of Love"

Morrissey decided to honor his friend, the late Lou Reed, by officially releasing a Reed cover he recorded in 2011. "He has been there all of my life," the Smiths frontman said in a statement. "He will always be pressed to my heart. Thank God for those, like Lou, who move within their own laws, otherwise imagine how dull the world."

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Thirty Seconds to Mars - Rihanna's "Stay"

30 Seconds to Mars got all sentimental on us covering Rih's tearjerker "Stay." We're thinking that's maybe why Jared Leto kept his sunglasses on. His performance was so emotional that he was probably crying... or is that just us?

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Florence Welch & Dev Hynes - Icona Pop's "I Love It"

The Brit songbird teamed with the indie songwriter/producer for a performance at a Human Rights Campaign benefit in New York City, and the result is just... incredibly heartfelt.

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Ellie Goulding - Alt-J's "Tessellate"

Ellie Goulding transformed the psychedelic indie band's single "Tessellate" into a stark, electro-pop joint with layered harmonies, slinky synths and saxophone, leaving only the vaguest hint of the original.

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One Direction - Blondie's "One Way or Another" & The Undertones' "Teenage Kicks"

For a special charity single, One Direction brought their boy band charms to a mashup of two rock classics—Blondie's "One Way or Another" and the Undertones' "Teenage Kicks." The result was a worldwide smash hit. 

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Iceage - Sinead O'Connor's "Jackie"

The underground punk band turned in a dark, snarling version of Sinead O'Connor's 1987 song "Jackie" that should certainly make the Irish singer happy...even if Miley Cyrus has been picking on her again.

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Jessie Ware - Rihanna's "Diamonds"

The Devotion singer turns in a super sultry cover of Rih's No. 1 hit.

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Kings of Leon - Robyn's "Dancing on My Own"

Despite its bubbly pop sound, the Swedish dance queen's ubiquitous hit is one of the saddest around—have you heard the lyrics? KOL turned the depression factor up to 11. Grab the tissues!!!

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Charli XCX - Backstreet Boys' "I Want It That Way"

Rather than a karaoke-style cover drenched in irony, Charli XCX treats us to an earnest, synth-pop version of the ubiquitous Backstreet Boys ballad.

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Janelle Monae - Jimi Hendrix's "Little Wing"

While Jimi Hendrix's original showcases his loose, laid back style, Janelle Monae hit each syllable and note with punctuation. There's a killer solo from her guitarist, Kellindo Parker, that recalls Hendrix's famous skills.

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Tears for Fears - Arcade Fire's "Ready to Start"

Tears for Fears' first two albums—1983's The Hurting and 1985's Songs From the Big Chair—are New Wave classics. And while the duo have been quiet since 2004's Everybody Loves a Happy Ending, they recently returned with a skittering, orchestral electro-pop cover of Arcade Fire's "Ready to Start."

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Lana Del Rey - Leonard Cohen's "Chelsea Hotel No. 2"

The pouty-lipped songstress' heart-crushing cover of Cohen's "Chelsea Hotel No. 2" reminds fans and naysayers that she does indeed possess an arresting voice.

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Ed Sheeran - Bob Dylan's "Masters of War"

British singer-songwriter puts his stamp on Dylan's anti-war classic for Bono's One Campaign, which aims to influence leaders at the upcoming G8 Summit to end war.

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JoJo - Alex Winston's "Sister Wife"

Not only has JoJo introduced us to Michigan singer-songwriter Alex Winston with her new cover "Sister Wife," but she also managed to turn a song about sister wives—yes, the TLC kind—into a soulful pop ballad. No small feat, ladies and gentlemen.

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Atlas Genius - The xx's "Islands"

Atlas Genius lead vocalist and guitarist Keith Jeffery strips down the xx's haunting "Islands," reminding us not only of what a greatsong "Islands" is, but also what a great voice this guy has.

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Katharine McPhee - Death Cab for Cutie's "Some Boys"

Starring as Karen Cartwright in Smash, NBC's now-cancelled drama about actors in a Broadway musical, Katharine McPhee replaces DCFC's heavy pianos and perma-heartbroken frontman Ben Gibbard's reverbed vocals with her tender coo and a single acoustic guitar.

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Ghost B.C. - Depeche Mode's "Waiting for the Night"

The moody, sonically expansive Depeche Mode track lends itself well to a hard rock reworking, especially one that emphasizes the pervading sinister vibe. 

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HAIM - Miley Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball"

The biggest difference when Miley Cyrus sings "Wrecking Ball" and when our favorite sister trio cover it? The amount of clothes they wear.

(Both sound great, though.)

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Flaming Lips - David Bowie's "Heroes"

Far from your standard late-night performance, Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne donned a skin-colored speedo and performed the David Bowie track on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.

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Hyolyn - Beyonce's "End of Time"

Hyolyn is a member of K-pop girl group SISTAR and is often referred to as the "Korean Beyonce." Impressively, the South Korea native performed every word of the English track, even hitting the quick, staccato notes after the second chorus.

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London Grammar - Chris Isaak's "Wicked Game"

If you've heard London Grammar frontwoman Hannah Reid's deep, soulful voice on single "Strong," then you understand why the band has added Chris Isaak's '89 sex jam, "Wicked Game," to their repertoire.

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Tame Impala - OutKast's "Prototype"

Psychedelic rockers Tame Impala covered Andre 3000's OutKast jam "Prototype," from 2004's The Love Below, for Aussie radio station Triple J. Listen and watch above. Then make babies in outer space.

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Solange - Nivea's "Laundromat"

As vocally awesome as Solange's cover of R&B singer Nivea's 2002 duet with R. Kelly is, we love this cover mostly for the fact it was performed in an actual laundromat.

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Bonnie McKee - "Hits...A Musical Portrait"

Bonnie McKee delivers an acoustic, piano mash-up of the pop hits she helped write, including Katy Perry's biggest hits along with Britney Spears' "Hold It Against Me," Taio Cruz's "Dynamite" and Ke$ha's "C'Mon." This girl is pop music!

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Astronaut Chris Hadfield - David Bowie's "Space Oddity"

In 1969, David Bowie originally released "Space Oddity," the very same year Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon. 

This year, Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield covered the song... from space... and put it on YouTube the same day. The future is now!!!

More of Fuse's Best of the Year:
-The 40 Best Songs of 2013: Fuse Staff Picks
-14 Songs That Should Have Been Hits in 2013
-The 25 Best Live Performance Shots of 2013

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