The 10 best Like A Versions of 2016

Like A Version is without a doubt, the best musical radio segment out there. Every week, an artist or band trundles into the triple j studio, armed with a cover to unleash upon the nation. Over the years, it has produced some stellar radio moments, including Arctic Monkeys covering ‘Feels Like We Only Go Backwards’, Remi doing The Avalanches’ ‘Since I Left You’, Dirty Projectors giving Usher’s ‘Climax’ a burl.

This year has been no different, from Guy Sebastian’s fiery triple j debut with Paces for LDRU’s ‘Keeping Score’, Sarah Blasko honouring David Bowie with ‘Life On Mars’, or the DMA’s breathing new life into Cher’s ‘Believe’, there have been some golden moments. We went through and picked the best of them.

10. Paces feat – ‘Keeping Score’ feat. Guy Sebastian

Guy Sebastian has made somewhat of a indie crossover move this year. The Australian Idol/Eurovision alumnus has always had a golden set of pipes, it just took a while for the triple j crowd to realise. Then came a handy feature with producer Paces, also appearing on this LDRU cover. Before you knew it, Sebastian was making his debut at Splendour In The Grass.

9. Violent Soho – ‘Lazy Eye’

Violent Soho had a pretty great 2016. They took home a couple of ARIAs, landed in some Best Of lists, and played a career defining set at Splendour In The Grass. For their turn in the triple j studio, they took on one of the 2000s most underrated rock jams – Silversun Pickups’ ‘Lazy Eye’. The Mansfield boys can do no wrong at this point.

8. Broods – ‘One Dance’

It was a big year for the NZ duo. They released their acclaimed second record, Conscious, and followed it up with a huge headlining tour here and overseas. In the midst of the tour, they dropped by the triple j studios to deliver their cover of the biggest song of the year.

7. Sarah Blasko – ‘Life On Mars’

Let’s be real, 2016 was a shitty year for a lot of reasons, not least because it saw the departure of too many musical legends. In January, just days after the release of his album Blackstar, David Bowie shuffled off the mortal coil, leaving behind an incredible musical legacy. Sarah Blasko paid him tribute.

6. Ta-Ku & Wafia – ‘Leave (Get Out)’

If you were alive in the mid-2000s, you will know this song. Turns out 10 years later, it’s still a jam. Ta-Ku and Wafia have had a good year off the back of single ‘Love Somebody’, and the release of collaborative EP (m)edian. For their turn on LAV, they gave JoJo’s track a much needed triple j spin.


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