Charli XCX's Punk Cover of Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off" Is Perfection

by Elizabeth Thompson

In addition to generally ruling with her own music (her recent album Sucker is great), Charli XCX knows her way around a cover, whether it's an ambient version of the Backstreet Boys' "I Want It That Way" or her own "Boom Clap," in effortless Japanese. Her latest is a re-working of Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off" as a break-neck new-wave punk anthem, as performed above during a visit to BBC's Live Lounge, and it's really fun. She leaves the "this sick beat" part out for obvious reasons, but it rocks nonetheless.

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