Ever wasted hours of your life watching barely audible live videos of your favourite bands mauling someone else's song on YouTube? Or maybe The Onion's AV Undercover series, which often veers from the sublime to the outright car wreck in the space of a week? Perhaps you’ve just drunkenly mullered the odd track at karaoke? Us too. We love a good cover (and even the occasional shit one). Here, members of Team 405 share a few favourites…

Chloe Eversfield

Ideally, this covers feature was designed to fill your mind with covers unknown and aplenty, but when I actually sat down to compile this list of wonderment and delight, I hit a brick wall. The problem is, sometimes a good cover means you don't know it's a cover at all – disregarding general music ignorance of course. For me, a good cover either makes you want to revisit the original (reminding you why it was great, or – in some cases – not so great in the first place) or invites you pick to apart the journey which saw the artist move from one version to the other.

High Highs – 'Live in Dreams'
Originally by Wild Nothing

High Highs turn Wild Nothing's jaunty Smiths-esque track into what they do best: dreamy synth-ridden shoegaze.

First Aid Kit – 'Tiger Mountain Peasant Song'
Originally by Fleet Foxes

It was this cover of the Fleet Foxes classic that sent this Swedish sister duo's internet popularity spiralling, eventually leading to an appearance alongside Fleet Foxes themselves at a gig in Holland.

The Gossip – 'Careless Whisper'
Originally by George Michael

The Gossip utterly transform George Michael's 80s dream into an unrecognisable fantastic anthem, so different from the original that it is almost impossible to remember how it used to sound.

The Cure – 'Purple Haze'
Originally by Jimi Hendrix

The Cure's cover of 'Purple Haze' was the first track featured on the 1993 tribute album Stone Free: A Tribute to Jimi Hendrix, for which "artists were encouraged to not only record one of their own personal favourites but to also place their stamp on Jimi's songs".

Local Natives – 'Cecilia'
Originally by Simon and Garfunkel

Stumbling through many YouTube videos during a Local Natives binge, I came across this delight. Filmed in a courtyard garden, with tree percussion and energetic harmonies, it does profound justice to the original.

Annie Lennox – 'Don’t Let It Bring You Down'
Originally by Neil Young

Annie Lennox's wonderfully unique voice transforms what is already a classic into perhaps an even greater lament.

Christopher O'Riley – 'Knives Out'
Originally by Radiohead

Bridging the gap between classical and contemporary, Christopher O'Riley re-imagined two of Radiohead's albums into pieces for classical piano, capturing not just the instruments, but the electronic blurts and vocal howling into one stream of sound. All designed, in his words, to help listeners discover the essence of what Thom Yorke was really playing.

José González – 'Heartbeats'
Originally by The Knife

I constantly move back and forth between favouring José González's pensive, quiet cover or the electro duo's energetic original.

Nouvelle Vague – 'Love Will Tear Us Apart'
Originally by Joy Division

A many-covered track from Joy Division sees Nouvelle Vague trying their hands at recreating the track in a bossa nova/easy listening style.

The Futureheads – 'Hounds of Love'
Originally by Kate Bush

The Futureheads master Kate Bush's storytelling with a single which peaked at number eight in the UK singles charts on its release.