Track of the Day: 'Toxic' by Nickel Creek

Editor’s Note: This article previously appeared in a different format as part of The Atlantic’s Notes section, retired in 2021.

Reader Scott serves up a superb in-concert cover (but the version above is a bit better quality):

Keeping with the theme of alt-country/bluegrass covers in your series, one of the finest acts of the last decade is Nickel Creek. Here you will find them doing a fine cover version of “Toxic” by Britney Spears.

Jen Hance covered the cover eight years ago:

[It] was originally written for Britney Spears, and even won a Grammy in 2005 for Best Dance Recording. With the immense success of the song, there is no wonder why it has been covered numerous times by bands such as Local H, The BossHoss, The Zoo, and even Kevin Federline’s ex, Shar Jackson. [CB: We recently featured another cover by the group Joseph.] However, none of these versions has been quite as impressive as the one done by bluegrass group Nickel Creek.

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