Crowdsourcing Ladytunes, 2011: The Follow Up

Pre-holidays, I posted about my on-going project to highlight the best of Ladytunes Lady Singers in a series of mixes given to my daughter every Christmas. To expand my musical suggestions, I crowdsource this project every year, looking for singers I’ve overlooked or songs I’ve never heard of. I’ve been very fortune to receive fantastic recommendations, and this year was no exception.

I eventually decided to go with a cover song theme this year, which yielded up a lot of fantastic finds. The final double-CD song list is below. It somehow ended up heavy on the Nirvana and Led Zeppelin covers, but there’s nothing wrong with that. The playlist is available to listen to on Spotify; where the covers couldn’t be found, I substituted the original songs.

Ms. Claus’s Cover Project:

Disc 1

The Christmas Song ““ The Carpenters (org. Mel Tormé)

Hazy Shade of Winter ““ The Bangles (Simon and Garfunkel)

Refugee ““ Melissa Etheridge (Tom Petty)

The Weight ““ Aretha Franklin (The Band)

Because the Night ““ 10,000 Maniacs (Patti Smith)

Judy is a Punk  — Wild Flag (The Ramones)

Just Like Heaven —  The Watson Twins (The Cure)

Come as You Are —  Dani Siciliano (Nirvana)

Stairway to Heaven ““ Dolly Parton (Led Zeppelin)

Drain You ““ Coco (Nirvana)

There is a Light that Never Goes Out ““ Dum Dum Girls (The Smiths)

Wild Horses ““ The Sundays (Rolling Stones)

Wicked Game ““ Giant Drag (Chris Isaak)

Hallelujah ““ Regina Spektor (Leonard Cohen)

Can’t Help Falling in Love with You ““ Lick the Tins (Elvis Presley)

Disc 2

Immigrant Song ““ Karen O (Led Zeppelin)

The Battle of Evermore ““ Heart (Led Zeppelin)

Heroes ““ Blondie (David Bowie)

Gold Dust Woman ““ Hole (Fleetwod Mac)

Rocket Man ““ Kate Bush (Elton John)

Enjoy the Silence ““ Lacuna Coil (Depeche Mode)

My Way — Nina Simone (Frank Sinatra)

Lovesong ­““ Adele (The Cure)

You Don’t Own Me ““ Rasputina (Lesley Gore)

I Go to Sleep ““ Sia (The Pretenders)

Smells like Teen Spirit ““ Patti Smith (Nirvana)

Only Love Can Break Your Heart ““ St. Etienne (Neil Young)

Dream On ““ Kelly Sweet (Aerosmith)

(I Wanna Know) What’s Going On ““ The Detroit Cobras (Art Neville)

Use Somebody ““ Bat For Lashes (Kings of Leon)

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas ““ Rosemary Clooney (Judy Garland)


Are you looking for still more musical recommendations? Check out Liza’s post The Year in Lady Tunes, my article and the comments in 5 Albums That Changed My Life,  or Sally’s Songs to Make You Feel Better.

By [E] Slay Belle

Slay Belle is an editor and the new writer mentor here at Persephone Magazine, where she writes about pop culture, Buffy, and her extreme love of Lifetime movies. She is also the editor of You can follow her on Twitter, @SlayBelle or email her at

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