One of our favorite interview questions this year elicited a number of beautiful responses. We thought it would be nice to compile them all into one article.

"If you could take credit for any song and claim it as your own, what would it be and why?"

Katie Earle, The Mowgli’s

“Gangsta’s Paradise”

 

Josh Hogan, The Mowgli’s

“Since You’ve Been Gone”

 

Colin Dieden, The Mowgli’s

“X Factor,” by Lauryn Hill

 

Erica Driscoll, Blondfire

New Order “Bizarre Love Triangle”

 

Aaron Eisenberg, The Soft White Sixties

“I Want You Back” by Jackson 5. The writing, the performance, the recording of it, I think it’s all perfect. I never get tired of that song.

 

Octavio Genera, The Soft White Sixties

“As Long As I Can See the Light” by Creedence Clearwater Revival is a good one. Definitely songs that inspire you to write something are good ones.

 

Zach Carothers, Portugal. the Man

I’m gonna do two, but they go together. “Brain Damage,” and “Eclipse.” Dark Side of the Moon, Pink Floyd.

 

Wes Miles, Ra Ra Riot

I wouldn’t want to do that… A Zeppelin song, because I grew up listening to so much Zeppelin. I would always sing all of Robert Plant’s stuff. So some Zeppelin song, any Zeppelin song.

 

Crash, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

Wow, credit for any song? That’s a golden question. Oh man, I’d say, “Your Motion Says” by Arthur Russell.

 

Alex Ebert, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

Well, I would’ve liked to have written certain songs. You know, it’s not so much the song writing, as it is the performance. I’m very into performance. So I would like to do James Brown’s TAMI Show, 1968, Teenage Music Awards.

 

Darren Weiss, PAPA

"This Magic Moment" performed by The Drifters. That recording in particular, even more than the song, but that recording to me is the most perfect sounding recording of all time in pop music. But also maybe "Clair de Lune" by Debussy. It's a classic piece. That to me is the most beautiful piece of music ever. Any time I listen to it I can only put it on when I know I'm not gonna be around other people and if I try to put anything on after within like a half hour, no matter what it is, it could be The Beatles, sounds like trash to me. It's kind of like I have to listen to it, meditate, then come back to the world. So I'd say that.

 

Van Pierszalowski, WATERS

There’s so many I would take credit for — right now it would be that Sia song “Chandelier.” In terms of more classic stuff, probably “Dear Prudence” by The Beatles.

 

Andy Grammer

“Fix You” by Coldplay is a super badass song. Or – what else is there that is so well written – “Make You Feel My Love” by Bob Dylan is really really good too. The ones that somehow get underneath the skin, those are the one I’d really want.

 

Joaquin Pastor, James Supercave

I’ll take "Starman" off of Bowie’s hands.

 

Mikel Jollett, The Airborne Toxic Event

“Suzanne,” by Leonard Cohen. It’s a beautiful, gorgeous song that’s haunting and every word is exactly right, and has ten layers of meaning. It’s just a masterpiece. Maybe “Thunder Road.” It makes me want to get in an old car and drive fast. Maybe “Home” by LCD Soundsystem, it’s beautiful. “All My Friends,” LCD Soundsystem is just a genius, I admire the fuck out of that guy.

 

Daniel Zott, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.

“Hallelujah,” that ones pretty impeccable. Everyone wants to cover it and sing it.

 

Josh Epstein, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.

Probably Randy Newman’s “Living Without You.” That’s my favorite song.


 

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