Best Cover Songs of All Time

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  1. Alex_de_Large

    Alex_de_Large 1,000+ Posts

    Sorry I can't do something as awesome as Borna Horn, but I've been thinking about this then Danny Balis did something like on The Ticket the other day. His was actually the WORST Cover Songs of all time like LImpbizkits Behind Blue Eyes uuuuggggghhh!

    Some of the best IMO are:

    You Really Got Me and Pretty Woman - Van Halen

    Smokin' In the Boyz Room and Helter Skelter- Motley Crue

    Johnny B. Goode - Judas Priest

    Turn the Page - Metallica

    Walk This Way - Run DMC

    Let's hear some more. Maybe Borna Horn can do a big list?
  2. kbrown

    kbrown 1,000+ Posts

    This one is really obscure and unless you have the video you have never heard it but Natalie Cole did a great version of "Ticket To Ride" at a Lennon tribute concert back in the late 89's or early ninties. way cool!
  3. Basketball Jones

    Basketball Jones 500+ Posts

    Pat Boone singing "Enter Sandman" [​IMG]
    The Link
  4. Alex_de_Large

    Alex_de_Large 1,000+ Posts

    Pat Boone's Heavy Metal Favorites!!

    FAST FRED 500+ Posts

    "All Along The Watchtower" - Hendrix covering Dylan.

    "Missing You" - Tina Turner covering John Waite.

    "Respect" - Aretha Franklin covering Otis Redding.

    "Baby, Now That I've Found You" - Alison Krause covering The Foundations.

    "With A Little Help From My Friends" - Joe Cocker covering The Beatles.

    "Ain't That A Shame" - Cheap Trick covering Fats Domino.

    Linda Ronstadt deserves special mention for great covers of Roy Orbison's "Blue Bayou," Doris Troy's "Just One Look," Martha & The Vandella's "Heat Wave," Smokey Robinson's "The Tracks of My Tears" and his "Ooh Baby, Baby," The Rolling Stones' "Tumbling Dice," The Eagles' "Desperado," Dylan's "I'll Be Your Baby Tonight," Buddy Holly's "That'll Be The Day," "It Doesn't Matter Anymore" and "It's So Easy," Little Feat's Lowell George's "Willin'," Betty Everett's "You're No Good," The Everly Brothers' "When Will I Be Loved," Chuck Berry's "Back in the USA" and Warren Zevon's "Poor, Pitiful Me," plus some others.

  6. kbrown

    kbrown 1,000+ Posts

    The Byrds version of Dylans "You aint goin nowhere" is fantastic as is Eric Clapton's version of "Don't think twice its alright" from the Dylan tribute concert
  7. The Eyes of Texas

    The Eyes of Texas 500+ Posts

    Gary Jules version of Tears for Fears' Mad World is a ton better than the original.

    I also like Guns n Roses cover of Knockin' on Heavens Door and Metallica's cover of Turn the Page
  8. Alex_de_Large

    Alex_de_Large 1,000+ Posts

    Pantera covering "Planet Caravan" by Black Sabbath was very good.
  9. Mesohorny

    Mesohorny 1,000+ Posts

    Jimi Hendrix's "Little Wing" covered by:

    Derek and the Dominos
    Def Leppard
    Carlos Santana
    Steve Vai
    Joe Satriani
    Eric Johnson
    Frank Zappa
    Pearl Jam
    etc etc...

    best cover = SRV.......but not as good as Jimi's original [​IMG]
  10. bevo barry

    bevo barry 500+ Posts

    Ike & Tina Turner's rendition of the John Fogerty/CCR classic, Proud Mary.
  11. YoLaDu

    YoLaDu Guest

    Dinosaur Jr - The Cure's "Just Like Heaven"The Link
    Aztec Camera - Van Halen's "Jump" The Link
    The Antlers - My Bloody Valentine's "When You Sleep"
    Bauhaus - Pink Floyd's "Lucifer Sam"
    Luna - Velvet Underground's "Ride Into The Sun"
    Yo La Tengo - Daniel Johnston's "Speeding Motorcycle"
    Los Campesinos! - Black Flag's "Police Story"
    The Cherubs - Blondie's "Dreaming"
    Sixteen Deluxe - Brian Eno's "Here Come the Warm Jets"
    The Delgados - ELO's "Mr. Blue Sky" The Link
    Final Fantasy - Bloc Party's "This Modern Love" The Link
    Flying Saucer Attack - Sloan's "the Drowners"
    Jovenes y Sexys - Breeder's "Divine Hammer"
    Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks - the Verlaines "Death of the Maiden"
  12. uisge beatha

    uisge beatha 1,000+ Posts

    Pat Boone covering Metalica - great find

    I'll add
    Austin Lounge Lizards cover of Pink Floyd's Brain Damage
    or Flying Lizards cover of the Beatle's I Want Money
  13. pasotex

    pasotex 2,500+ Posts

    Devo - Satisfaction

    Lenny Kravitz - American Woman

    Power Station - Bang a Gong

    Joe "King" Carrasco - 96 Tears

    UB40 - Many Rivers to Cross

    Eric Clapton - I Shot the Sheriff

    Earth, Wind & Fire - Got to Get You Into My Life

    Los Lobos - La Bamba
  14. Hornius Emeritus

    Hornius Emeritus 2,500+ Posts

    Joe Ely's version of "Not Fade Away" by Buddy Holly.

    LITNIN HORN 1,000+ Posts


    Turning Japanese - Kirsten Dunst

  16. Statalyzer

    Statalyzer 10,000+ Posts

    Guns N Roses covering Bob Dylan - Knockin' On Heaven's Door

    Cake covering Gloria Gaynor - I Will Survive

    Manfred Mann's Earth Band covering Bruce Springsteen - Blinded By The Light
  17. PFD

    PFD 1,000+ Posts

    The Sundays - "Wild Horses"

    The Fugees - "Killing Me Softly"

    Reel Big Fish - "Take On Me"

    Type O Negative - "Summer Breeze"
  18. The Eyes of Texas

    The Eyes of Texas 500+ Posts

    The Fugees Killing Me Softly was HORRIBLE

    Dynamite Hack doing Boys in the Hood is good for comic relief.
  19. Alex_de_Large

    Alex_de_Large 1,000+ Posts

    Is Blinded by the Light an actual cover or did Springsteen just write it? I never heard the original.
  20. MAROON

    MAROON 250+ Posts

    Bruce recorded it on his first album and released it as a single in 1973, Mann released it in 1977.

    Two pretty good covers I heard live last night by Billy Idol - L.A. Woman and Mony Mony
  21. SunBurntOrange

    SunBurntOrange 500+ Posts

    Elton John - Pinball Wizard
    Linda Ronstadt - Desperado
    Jimmy Buffett - Brown Eyed Girl
    LeAnn Rimes - Me and Bobby McGee
    George Thorogood - One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer
    Aerosmith - Come Together
  22. VYFan

    VYFan 2,500+ Posts

    Janis Joplin covered "Me and Bobby McGee" by Kris Kristofferson

    Patsy Cline covered "Crazy" by Willie Nelson

    Johnny Cash covered "A Boy Named Sue" by Shel Silverstein [​IMG]
  23. Basketball Jones

    Basketball Jones 500+ Posts

    Another great cover, second only to Pat Boone's heavy metal covers:

    William Shatner covers "Mr. Tambourine Man"The Link
  24. nych 1

    nych 1 250+ Posts

    House of the Rising Sun- The Animals
    Reason to Believe- Rod Stewart
    Hallelujah- Jeff Buckley
    (What's So Funny 'bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding- Elvis Costello
    Hurt- Johnny Cash
    Woodstock- CSNY
    After Midnight- Eric Clapton
    Alabama Song- The Doors
    Babe I'm Gonna Leave You- Led Zeppelin
    Black Magic Woman- Santana
    Blue Suede Shoes- Elvis Presley
    Blueberry Hill- Fats Domino
    China Girl- David Bowie
    Cocaine- Eric Clapton
    Cum On Feel the Noize- Quiet Riot
    Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood- The Animals
    Hound Dog- Elvis Presley
    I Want Candy- Bow Wow Wow
    It's My Life- No Doubt
    Last Kiss- Pearl Jam
    Louie Louie- The Kingsmen
    Love Hurts- Nazareth
    Mustang Sally- Wilson Pickett
    Night Time is the Right Time- Ray Charles
    Once Bitten, Twice Shy - Great White
    Only You- The Platters
    Piece of My Heart- Big Brother and Holding Company
    Shake, Rattle, and Roll- Bill Haley and the Comets
    Somebody to Love- Jefferson Airplane
    Statesboro Blues- The Allman Brothers
    Tainted Love- Soft Cell
    The Air That I Breathe- The Hollies
    Time Is on My Side- The Rolling Stones
    Train Kept a Rollin- The Yardbirds
    Turn, Turn, Turn- The Byrds
    Whiskey in the Jar- Thin Lizzy
    Whole Lotta Shakin Goin On- Jerry Lee Lewis
    Wild Thing- The Troggs
    Without You- Harry Nilsson
  25. OrngNugz

    OrngNugz 500+ Posts

    White Zombie - Children Of The Grave link

    Faith No More - War Pigs link
  26. elface

    elface 250+ Posts

    A favorite is The Faces - (I Know) I'm Losin' You.
  27. PFD

    PFD 1,000+ Posts

  28. Texanne

    Texanne 5,000+ Posts

    I agree with PFD regarding The Fugees" Killing Me Softly. I thought it was amazing.

    My favorite cover is Joe Cocker's A Little Help From my Friends. Rarely, in my opinion, does a cover exceed the original (almost all of them are just different, but not better) but Cocker nails it.
  29. Alex_de_Large

    Alex_de_Large 1,000+ Posts

    Texanne, are you saying you think Stringsteen's Blinded by the Light is as good as Manfred Mann? I thought you hated The Boss.
  30. Texanne

    Texanne 5,000+ Posts

    I do hate Springsteen. That's why I haven't heard his version -- I don't listen to him.

    There are thousands of covers I've never heard, but of the ones I have, I've thought the original was better in almost all of the cases.

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