The definite guide to Such Great Heights [music]

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The decade is drawing to a close and the internets are a’buzzing with lists trying to decide which song really was the greatest to come out of the 00s. Pitchfork just completed their 500 list and the swedish music magazine Novell invited music journalists to create lists of their 100 greatest songs which will be presented on new years eve. Pretty much amazing is on a similar quest trying to decide the best album from each past year of the 2000s (leaving the give up album out of the 2003 poll is a bit of a shame though).

I will not attempt any of that.

Instead I decided to collect such great heights covers for you to enjoy. I’m not saying it’s the best song to come from this decade just that since it’s release in 2003 (wikipedia has the story) it’s always had a reserved spot in my playlists and whenever you play it to someone it has a certain ability to go straight to their heart. I think it’s because of this so many indie acts have decided to cover it. So here goes, about 20 covers split over 3 playlists in 3 services so you all can enjoy it. There are some overlap but also some exclusives to every playlist so be sure to check them all out if possible.

Spotify playlist

Most notable inclusions here are The Section Quartet which does and awesome string quartet take on the song. Frankmusiks piano version is ok but he adlibs and changes to much on some parts that what makes the song great to begin with is lost. Too bad, it had potential. The confide version is somewhat of a guilty pleasure, mentioned by some as the worst thing to ever leave a couple of speakers I think it has some qualities beyond being annoying in it’s special kind of screamo way.

Playlist
Tracklist:
The Postal Service – Such Great Heights
Iron & Wine – Such Great Heights
The Section Quartet – Such Great Heights
Frankmusik – Such Great Heights (piano version)
Confide – Such Great Heights
Green Envy – Such Great Heights

Mixtape.me playlist

Here we have a gameboy blip take courtesy of Firebrand boy which is a must hear. Don’t miss The wrong trousers either which really shines in it’s playfullness while keeping true to the original.

Playlist
Tracklist:
The Postal Service – Such Great Heights
Iron & Wine – Such Great Heights
Ben Folds – Such Great Heights
The Wrong Trousers – Such Great Heights
MIT Logarhythms – Such Great Heights
The New Standards – Such Great Heights
Firebrand boy – Such Great Heights (game boy version)
Amanda Palmer – Such Great Heights

Youtube playlist

This is the only source to sport both of frankmusik’s versions. I must say I do like the frankmusik mix better than the piano version. Youtube is also choir contry, where all those american a capella groups publish their concerts, and I must say, some of them are pretty awesome in their creativeness.

Playlist
Tracklist:
Frankmusik – Such Great Heights (FrankMusik mix)

Frankmusik – Such Great Heights (New piano version)
Confide – Such Great Heights

The Postal Service – Such Great Heights
Ben Folds – Such Great Heights
The Achordants – Such Great Heights
Voices in your head (University of chicago)
MIT Logarhythms – Such Great Heights
Green Envy (Tulane University) – Such Great Heights
UMD TrebleMakers – Such Great Heights
Umass Dynamics – Such Great Heights (some imogen mixed in)

The Beat – Such Great Heights (99 Red Balloons mashup)

I will end this little journey with two brothers, two ukuleles and a rooftop. Inspiring to say the least.

I know I called this the definite guide but I’m humble enough to admit there might be other great covers out there, please shout if you know of any.

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