The Top Ten Best Cover Songs of All Time

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What Makes a Great Cover Song

For good or bad there have been a lot of cover songs made over the years. While a good, technical rendition of a song from decades past is nice to hear, sometimes you just have to wonder why they even bothered. After all if I wanted to hear that song, I could easily just pop in the digitally remastered, greatest hits CD of the original band. But what separates a great cover from a good cover is when the band doing the remake breaths new life into the song and truly makes it their own. Taking a song that was great in it's own right and making it better is the holy grail of cover bands.

And so, I present my list of the top ten cover songs of all time (in no particular order). All of these feature the original, which for the most part were successful in their day, and a totally unique update.

Bryan Adams Original

MxPx Remake

Summer of 69

What better song for a punk rock anthem than one about a summer filled with oral sex, as pointed out by Bryan Adams during an interview:

BA:...I think 'Summer of '69' - i think it's timeless because it's about making love in the summertime. There is a slight misconception it's about a year, but it's not. '69' has nothing to do about a year, it has to do with a sexual position.

DM: Out of all the people who hear that song, how many do you think realize that as they listen to it?

BA: I don't know. At the end of the song the lyric says that it's me and my baby in a 69. You'd have to be pretty thick in the ears if you couldn't get that lyric.

Everybody deserves a summer of 69, accompanied by a kick ass punk beat.

Frank Sinatra Original

Sid Viscious Remake

My Way

It's probably hard to find two more different images than Frank Sinatra and Sid Vicious, but they both certainly did it their way. Paul Anka originally wrote the song for the "Chairman of the Board" after Sinatra remarked that he was going to retire, which literally never happened. Anka tried to write it in the persona of Sinatra and it was so fitting that it became his signature song.

Meanwhile, Sid Vicious' version was meant as more of a coming out in order to establish his post Sex Pistols career. However, the lyrics are uniquely appropriate for someone who has been described as the attitude of punk rock. They are also oddly appropriate being that Sid's end really was near. His arrest for murder and subsequent death by heroine overdose followed less than a year later.

Anka says that he gave Vicious permission to record the song because he felt that he was sincere about it. Sid literally did it his way because he didn't actually know the words and had to improvise many of the lyrics.

Nine Inch Nails Original

Johnny Cash Remake

Hurt

Johnny Cash hurt Trent Reznor by stealing his girlfriend when he recorded his cover version of the Nine Inch Nails song:

I pop the video in, and wow… Tears welling, silence, goose-bumps… Wow. I just lost my girlfriend, because that song isn't mine anymore… It really made me think about how powerful music is as a medium and art form. I wrote some words and music in my bedroom as a way of staying sane, about a bleak and desperate place I was in, totally isolated and alone. [Somehow] that winds up reinterpreted by a music legend from a radically different era/genre and still retains sincerity and meaning — different, but every bit as pure.

Johnny Cash was from a very different genre, but he wasn't exactly a stranger to drug abuse and depression. It was a very fitting retrospective for a legend who was so close to joining many others from his era in the great hereafter.

Eurythmics Original

Marliyn Manson Remake

Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)

In 1983, a really outlandish looking band with a really odd sounding name had their first hit with a new style of music that was completely different than anything before. They made a crazy, visually exhausting video for the song involving really intense colors and cameos by farm animals, that had everybody talking.Then in 1996, a really outlandish looking band with a really odd sounding name had their first hit with a new style of music that was completely different than anything before. They made a crazy, visually exhausting video for the song involving really intense colors and cameos by farm animals, that had everybody talking. Somehow, the actual song managed to sound as completely different as the groups looked and acted from each other, in spite of sharing the same lyrics. You could pretty much conclude that the earlier version is from the perspective of the one being used, while the latter represent the user.

Snoop Dogg Original

The Gourds Remake

Gin & Juice

Hip-hop meets Hop-along Cassidy and two great things taste great together:

Kev “Big Daddy” Russell: I just liked that song so much when I first heard it, which was sometime after the fact, probably 1994 or 95. My sister Erin played it for me over the Christmas holidays that year up in Denton,TX where my folks live. I wanted to figger [sic] out a way to play it, just for kicks. I could not rap, thank the Lord, so I had to come up with a melody that would support all those words. It was like learning “Louie, Louie” if Bob Dylan had written it.

One night at the Electric Lounge in Austin I told the guys to follow me on it and we would play it. They had never played it before. I told them it was just A and D chords, very simple, and we did it. Again, the place came unglued. I think we all were a bit disturbed by the reception of this monster song. It gained in popularity around these parts. Of course our record label at the time wanted us to record it, so we did. They went out of business before they could really work it.

It's gotta beat and you square dance to it. Plus, even Snoop Dogg likes it.

Diamondhead Original

Metallica Remake

Am I Evil? (Yes I Am)

Before there was Metallica there was Diamondhead, except with inferior vocals and really bad management. They pretty much created the musical sound that Metallica later became famous for. Then they got tired of playing heavy metal and broke up right as they were about to take off. Since Metallica was about 10 years away from the point where they would get tired of playing heavy metal, they picked up the baton and ran with it all the way to the bank.

It became one of their biggest hits and a staple in their live set list. Also, as stated previously, it became a huge influence on their sound in the following years. How could anyone not like an uplifting, feel-good tune about a mentally deranged killer, who gets pushed over the edge by his mother's death?

Louis Armstrong Original

Joey Ramone Remake

What A Wonderful World

This is one of those odd instance where a song about how great the world is owes a very good amount of its success to all the worst things in the world. Louis Armstrong's original rendition about green grass, blue skies, and friends saying "I love you" was pretty much a flop at the time and earned him a lot of criticism from the jazz community for "selling out" with a song aimed at the pop audience. However, it finally reached that audience when it was included in a scene from Good Morning Vietnam juxtaposed against wartime images of bombs exploding and people being beaten in the streets. Ironically enough, since then it has become the go-to video for anybody making a movie about war, in general, and Vietnam, in particular.

Joey Ramone's version is everything you would expect from a Ramones song, intense, energetic, and defiant. In spite of the fact that it was recorded as he was dying from lymphoma, it's not a mournful eulogy, but an exuberant, celebratory, act of defiance against death. The contrast between the original and the updated version enriches both.

The Turtles Original

New Found Glory Remake

Happy Together

According to Denise Sullivan of allmusic.com, the Turtles wrote this to try and break out of the top 40's mold and be taken more serious:

Striving to break from the vacuous Top 40 mold in which they'd been cast and swept up by the movement toward serious, Beatles/ Beach Boys conceptual pop, the TurtlesZombies-chucked all their pop, folk, psychedelia, and style harmony expertise into one song. As legend has it, a demo of "Happy Together," recorded in a sparse, acoustic guitar and handclap arrangement, was passed on by a number of popular artists of the day only to be unearthed by the Turtles. "Happy Together" has literally bounced through decades of AM-car-radio-play unharmed, perhaps owing to its multi-layers of contradictions: Teetering near the brink of bubblegum, it rises above it; it's a rock & roll song with a martial beat; the vocal is desperate and strident -- convincing the object of affection that the couple will be happy, dammit!; the horns are buried, yet entirely essential. And then there are the flourishes like the sound of a tinkling piano very audible after the line "if I should call you up, invest a dime," mimicking a phone line. Plus, there's an "in-joke" (an added bonus for a good single), when the question "how is the weather?" pops up during the final refrain of "so happy together." Though there were more Turtle hits and Mark Volman and Howard Kaylan, as Flo & Eddie, formed an enduring vocal partnership in the years after their group's egregious breakup, this is a most sublime slice of pop heaven. "Happy Together" was pop perfection and, in fact, was never beat in Turtleland -- it was their first and last number one.

I'm not so sure if recording a real poppy, bubble gum song about teenage love was the best method of doing that. I'm thinking they shoulda done it like New Found Glory's version.

The Mamas and the Papas Original

The Faction Remake

California Dreaming

The original, written by John and Michelle Philips of the Mamas and the Papas (prior to it's formation), is about homesickness and trying to avoid the cold by pretending to pray at a church:

"California Dreamin'" was about longing for another place, and it left a legacy strong enough to cement a place for its performers, the Mamas and the Papas, in the pantheon of popular music history.

"The words 'California dreamin' kept going through my mind," John Phillips recalled in an interview before his death. "I stared working on some chords for the song. And I went through more chord progressions and things that fit the melancholy of the song."

Michelle remembers waking up to John asking for her help. He didn't like writing alone. In this case, her homesickness had provided the initial inspiration, and after they put their heads together, life in the city informed more of the lyrics. A few days earlier, Michelle says, she had wanted to visit St. Patrick's Cathedral. "I just loved going into churches. And that's where we got the lyric for the second verse."

The factions version is pretty much just about how everywhere except California sucks and, unlike Suicidal Tendencies' classic "Institutionalized", longing for a Coke instead of a Pepsi.

The Original

The Sex Pistols Remake

God Save the Queen

Okay, I cheated. This isn't an actual remake, but it is a great song and the names are the same. Plus, it really pissed the Queen off during a national celebration in her honor and you gotta give credit for that:

There are not many songs - written over baked beans at the breakfast table - that went onto divide a nation and force a change in popular culture. No one had ever dared question the Monarchy so publicly; and it wasn't without its repercussions. Members of the band were attacked in the streets; and Government Members of Parliament even called for the Pistols to be hung at London's Traitors' Gate!

On June 7th - the week of the national celebration of the Queen's Jubilee - the Sex Pistols arranged their own tribute with a boat trip along the River Thames in full view of the Houses of Parliament. After playing a handful of songs - including 'Anarchy in the UK' and 'GSTQ' - Police boarded the boat and arrested several people; including the band's then manager Malcolm McLaren.

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St.James 7 years ago from Lurking Around Florida

Good List, Tough choices to vote on. The remakes are all pretty strong. I had to go with Sid...just because.


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EYEAM4ANARCHY 7 years ago from Las Vegas, NV. Author

Thanks..."just because" makes for a good description of anything involving him.


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Sufidreamer 7 years ago from Sparti, Greece

Had to go with Johnny Cash...just because! His Rusty Cage remake was not bad, either.

Some good stuff - Am I Evil is pure quality, and Joey Ramone can do no wrong.


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tony0724 7 years ago from san diego calif

Guns and Roses did a pretty fair remake of "Knockin on heavens door " . But we all know nobody can touch Bob Dylans version !And I am with Sufidreaner on the Johnny Cash choice ! And I saw the ramones like 6 times by 1980 great live band !


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Uninvited Writer 7 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

That was fun. I chose Happy Together. I love Punk cover versions.:)

Thumbs up.


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goldentoad 7 years ago from Free and running....

I think Metallica's Turn the Page was a great remake of the Seger song, so this one choice caught me off guard. I never heard this version of Gin and Juice, great remake, I just don't know if I would play it when I had bitches in the living room gettin' it on.

I would go with the Hurt remake as my fav.


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EYEAM4ANARCHY 7 years ago from Las Vegas, NV. Author

Sufi, I agree about the Rusty Cage cover; Hurt is just a little better IMO. Also, to me it was one of those songs where there's such a difference between the image of NIN and Johnny Cash that you would never think to pick it as a song for him to do; yet after the fact, it seems like a perfect match.

Tony, as much as I like some of GnR's early music, I always thought that Axl Rose was (and remains to this day) a colossal douchebag. You are a lucky man, the Ramones are one of those great bands that transcends pretty much everything, but unfortunately I never had a chance to see them live.

I'm with you Uninvited Writer. One of the things I've always loved about punk was that there's such a tradition of taking an old song and giving it a punk twist. In fact, when I first thought about writing this, it was going to be "The Top Ten Punk Rock Covers of All Time," but there were a few songs that I thought should go on the list which weren't by punk bands.

Goldentoad, I was actually pretty split between Am I Evil and their version of the Misfits' Last Caress, which has always been ne of my favorites. I kinda used the fact that Diamond Head was so obscure and probably would have been even moreso if not for Metallica covering some of their songs as a tiebreaker. As far as Turn the Page, I thought they did a good job of re-recording Seger's song, but I don't think they did much beyond that. I used to be a huge Metallica fan, but I really stopped listening after the Black Album. Personally, I think they've been phoning it in since then. I did like their cover of Whiskey in the Jar, though.

Overall, it's hard to argue with anyone that wants to pick Johnny Cash's version of Hurt as a favorite. I'm not a big fan of some of his stuff that is more traditional country, because it's just not my style of music; but the stuff that I do like (which is a lot) isn't just good, it's phenomenal. He's one of those rare guys that really changed the way music is played.

Thanks for the comments!


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Tom Rubenoff 7 years ago from United States

I learned a lot from this hub. I had only heard two of the above remakes previously.

An interesting phenomenon was the recent musical, Jersey Boys, which featured the Four Seasons discography redone by singer/actors. The guy who did Valli was truly amazing.


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Sufidreamer 7 years ago from Sparti, Greece

Agree about Metallica -The Black Album was not just their best album, but is one of my top ten of all time. Sadly, they gave up innovation after that.

I remember a little experiment we did during the Punk Festival in Morecambe, and asked everyone if they had a Johnny Cash album stashed somewhere - they all did. He was a true punk legend, both musically and in the way that he lived his life.


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EYEAM4ANARCHY 7 years ago from Las Vegas, NV. Author

Thanks Tom, punk rock can be a great educational tool.

I couldn't agree more about Metallica, Sufi. I did think that the Black Album was actually a bit of a step down for them compared to their earlier stuff, but if they had maintained that level, I'd still be a fan. It's really a shame what they turned into after that. I think they had the potential to be a real legendary band and they had the most loyal fans ever; so they coulda had some staying power. Instead they just kinda flamed out.


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tony0724 7 years ago from san diego calif

Yea Johnny Cash was a rebel In his heyday , and I always have a lot of respect for that . I have Live at Folsom on Vinyl somewhere around here,as well as having It on CD .Oh one last thing how could anybody not love God Save the Queen by the Sex Pistols ! They rocked a lot harder then people gave the credit for !


Soul Rebel 7 years ago

How could you pass up the cover of the Moody Blues classic 'Nights In White Satin' as performed by The Dickies?....... or for that matter, The Stranglers cover of 'Walk On By' by Burt Bacharach? Or 'Like A Virgin' by Stiv Bators and The Deadboys? Or Coldplay covering.... oh, never mind... Coldplay doesn't cover tunes they just steal melodies.


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EYEAM4ANARCHY 7 years ago from Las Vegas, NV. Author

Tony, there's two camps for the Pistols. One is they were just a bunch of posers, equivalent to the punk version of the Backside Boys. The other is that they created the attitude of punk rock. Personally, I think you just have to appreciate them for the great music and unbridled chaos that they created. While it's true that they were put together by Malcolm Mclaren and the members were picked based more on their "punk rock look" than their talent, with the exception of Sid, they all played and wrote their own music. Plus, that chaos was genuine. Mclaren might have set up the situations for them to create mayhem, but they really caused the destruction swirling around them.

Soul Rebel, I never cared much for the Dickies, but I'll go for "Get a Grip on Yourself," although on a different list, also I do love the Dead Boys. And yeah, looks like Coldplay is the new Led Zeppelin.


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Cris A 7 years ago from Manila, Philippines

Tough one! But I'd go for Annie Lennox's cover of Bob Marley's Waiting in Vain! What? Not included? Okay that makes it tougher. I'd go Johnny Cash - from Nine Inch Nails to him? Like how crazy is that? Though I wish Cash covered NIN's Closer instead! LOL Now i'm off to downloading each! Thanks for sharing E! :D


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Sufidreamer 7 years ago from Sparti, Greece

Cash covering Closer - that would have been funny. I wait for the Celine Dion version - a chance to redeem herself for that insipid and irritating Titanic thing. :)

Must admit, I never took to the Sex Pistols. Don't get me wrong, they needed to happen, for social reasons, and to kill off the pompous and overblown self-important crap that prog-rock had become. I was introduced to punk via the American bands - Dead Kennedys, Ramones and Black Flag. As far as UK punk goes, I preferred Crass. :)


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Cris A 7 years ago from Manila, Philippines

LOL funny indeed - probably up there with Incubus doing that TLC song!

Celine could have sunk with the Titanic for all I care! But I must admit she had some moments. :D


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Sufidreamer 7 years ago from Sparti, Greece

Agreed - don't know about the Philippines, but she was top of the charts for a few months in the UK. I only need to hear the first few bars of that evil tune and I immediately go into a killing frenzy. Death would have been too kind for her!


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EYEAM4ANARCHY 7 years ago from Las Vegas, NV. Author

Write-ins are allowed and even encouraged Chris. I never actually heard Annie's version until you mentioned it, but I think I like the original better. Johnny Cash and Closer would have been a match from heaven. As far as Incubus, if this was a top 12 list, their version of Like a Virgin would have been. Celine Dion makes me wish I was on the Titanic.

Sufi, I liked the Sex Pistols music and all the crazy shit they did, but they weren't anywhere close to my favorite band. I was a teenager in the early eighties and Vegas was a little town where the tourists outnumbered the people that actually lived there, back then. So, there was NOTHING for anyone under 21 to do except hide in the desert and listen to punk rock until the cops showed up and chased everybody away. I grew up on hardcore punk and especially the L.A. groups, since they were only three hours down the road. DK was on their own level and Black Flag was just a force. Crass is one of my all time favorites, along with D.O.A. (I wanted to include their cover of "Eve of Destruction, but I couldn't find a video for it), D.I., Reagan Youth, The Exploited, Icons of Filth, The Casualties, Suicidal Tendencies, etc...


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Cris A 7 years ago from Manila, Philippines

Sufi

Same here. And talk about the movie - it went on playing for months! That song and Whitney's I'll Always Love You almost drove me straight to the looney bin. And if they weren't bad enough as they were, they even released disco versions! Talk about overkill!

Hi Eye,

We were just writing off Celine, maybe three heads talking about it could make it come true!


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EYEAM4ANARCHY 7 years ago from Las Vegas, NV. Author

She signed a lifetime contract to play one of the Vegas casinos a few years back, so I have a particular interest in seeing her die.


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Cris A 7 years ago from Manila, Philippines

oh right, she's doing a debbie LOL


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Sufidreamer 7 years ago from Sparti, Greece

Maybe that is one of the levels of Hell. Number six is brimstone, flaying and a few hungry baby alligators down the underpants.

The seventh level, reserved for lawyers and mortgage advisors, is that Titanic song played for ALL ETERNITY.

Worse would be Bonnie Tyler's Total Eclipse of the Heart, but even Satan is not that evil.


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EYEAM4ANARCHY 7 years ago from Las Vegas, NV. Author

Yep, bad lounge singers don't die, they get theaters named after them in Vegas.


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goldentoad 7 years ago from Free and running....


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EYEAM4ANARCHY 7 years ago from Las Vegas, NV. Author

Nice GT, that one slipped my mind for some reason. Great video.


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goldentoad 7 years ago from Free and running....

and its shocking that no one has made a movie exclusively about midgets.


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EYEAM4ANARCHY 7 years ago from Las Vegas, NV. Author

The government would never allow it:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nO9NtP5Lc2E


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goldentoad 7 years ago from Free and running....

that was great. I was trying not to laugh so loud, last thing I want is the wife to bother me about what I'm doing.


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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

Great hub! I would have to agree NIN to JC is the odds-on favorite for unexpected, WTF is that all about? cover.

How about "Little Wing" by Hendrix then SRV.


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EYEAM4ANARCHY 7 years ago from Las Vegas, NV. Author

Definetly GT. You don't want to end up chewing socks again.

MM, it's one of those OMG moments where you realize what a genius Rick Rubin is. Little Wing is a good honorable mention; way too early for both those guys!


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ThePioneer21 7 years ago from Liverpool

I chose 'other' on your poll... you heard the punk version of 'I believe I can fly'? I don't know who the artist is (i've forgotten) but it much beats the very boring tones of R Kelly. If you can find it, download it!


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raiderfan 7 years ago from Arizona

Metallica kicks ass! Hell Yeah!


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EYEAM4ANARCHY 7 years ago from Las Vegas, NV. Author

Pioneer, that was actually on the list early, but it just didn't make the final cut. I love Me First and the Gimme Gimmes:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GDg0qnGkLQs

They used to Raiderfan. I used to be one of their biggest fans.


mark 7 years ago

Twist and Shout by the Isley Bros?

Sweet Jane - originally by the Velvet Underground.

All Along the Watchtower - This Bob Dylan song was covered by U2, Springsteen, Jimi Hendrix, and many many more. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twist_and_Shout#Other...

Big misses. Sorry


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EYEAM4ANARCHY 7 years ago from Las Vegas, NV. Author

Thanks for stopping by Mark. Twist and Shout was actually done by the Topnotes originally. I like the Beatles' version and Hendrix' Watchtower cover, but I just don't think they are in the top ten. Never cared much for Sweet Jane


Carlos The Jackal 7 years ago

1. Gang of Four's cover of Bob Marley's "Soul Rebel".

2. The Clash's cover of Willie Wiliams' "Armagideon Time".

3. The Red Hot Chili Peppers' cover of Stevie Wonder's "Higher Ground".


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EYEAM4ANARCHY 7 years ago from Las Vegas, NV. Author

Nice picks Carlos, Higher Ground is one of those ones that slipped my mind for some reason. Maybe this should have been a top 20 list.


orionsky60403 7 years ago

Lately, I've been listening to amateur cover songs on youtube. I really like acoustic covers. There's some talent out there. Then again, there are some terrible singers too :)


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EYEAM4ANARCHY 7 years ago from Las Vegas, NV. Author

I came across a lot of those when I was looking up the videos. Some of them were pretty decent, others not so much.

The brutal part was watching the ones where people decided to do their own videos for real songs. Those were pretty unfortunate.


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Zeke Brett Tyrus 7 years ago from San Francisco

Great piece. My respect for Paul Anka & Snoop Dogg went up. I've been brought to tears by Hurt & Joey's Wonderful World. I think it really showed Joey's personality. I do recall reading Trent said "This song doesn't belong to me anymore."


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EYEAM4ANARCHY 7 years ago from Las Vegas, NV. Author

Thanks Zeke,

Great music can truly have a powerful effect. Unfortunately, that does sometimes get lost in all the mindless drivel that ends up on the radio, but it's true nonetheless.

I'm glad that you enjoyed reading it.


Iphigenia 7 years ago

Had to go with 'Hurt' - so moving; What about New Found Glory's cover of Britney Spear's "Hit Me Baby One More Time" - it may not the the best cover - but it is freaking hysterical !


zinc 7 years ago

Some good songs in that list, slightly off topic but Ive never heard a bad version of Morning Dew and I'm aware of at least 7 covers of it.


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EYEAM4ANARCHY 7 years ago from Las Vegas, NV. Author

Thanks Iphi, Hurt seems to be the sentimental favorite, although the Gourds have been getting all the votes, thus far.

Actually Zinc that is the topic, thanks for the input. I might have to add some sort of "suggested in the comments" section to cover all the good input that I've gotten.


Sal 7 years ago

Man, "All Along the Watchtower" is an epic cover song...how'd you overlook it?


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EYEAM4ANARCHY 7 years ago from Las Vegas, NV. Author

Not so much a matter of overlooking it...


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DJ Funktual 7 years ago from One Nation Under a Groove

Yeah, you are overmatched by your topic to include PUNK covers. There are thousands of them, some bands do entire albums like that.

A cover is when someone takes a completely different interpretation.

Like Jimi - Watchtower, RHCP's Hgher Ground,

or in my case,

I'd argue for Your Love Keeps Liftin Me Higher by Rita Coolidge / Jackie Wilson


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EYEAM4ANARCHY 7 years ago from Las Vegas, NV. Author

Yeah, I've always felt that you have to bring something new to a cover in order for to really be memorable. Rita Coolidge's version is good, but Jackie Wilson should really be allowed to sue Tom Jones and Bruce Springsteen for defamation.


Kimberly Moore 7 years ago

It was extremely hard to choose! Great Article!!:)


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EYEAM4ANARCHY 7 years ago from Las Vegas, NV. Author

Thanks a lot Kimberly. It's a good dilemma, as far as dilemmas go.


Denise Kawaii 7 years ago

I'm surprised that Richard Cheese didn't make this list... he's awesome :)


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EYEAM4ANARCHY 7 years ago from Las Vegas, NV. Author

He is pretty funny.


rutherfranc 7 years ago

those are really good covers..


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mysticdave 7 years ago from Salt Lake City, Utah

This is one of the coolest hubs i have seen! I thougt my fav. was johnny cash and hurt, until i heard gin and juice! Classic:)


Shawn 7 years ago

Nice list, I voted for hurt. I know you have comented on one of my sites, check out my other at http://metalasylum666.blogspot.com. It is not updated as much as Short Attention Span but it is all about metal.


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EYEAM4ANARCHY 7 years ago from Las Vegas, NV. Author

Thanks Dave. Gin and Juice seems to be the runaway favorite. Even farmers need to keep their mind on their and their money on their mind. Especially, in today's economy.

Hey, thanks for stopping by Shawn. I like both your sites. Lots of good music and random stuff.


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Dolores Monet 7 years ago from East Coast, United States

Johnny Cash was great on Hurt. I was dissapointed that the Ramones version of Wonderful World is no longer here, but I'll find it somewhere. A lot of people have remade Wonderfu World. At the risk of being super corny my fav is Eva Cassidy's version - if that don't make you cry, nothing will. ever.


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EYEAM4ANARCHY 7 years ago from Las Vegas, NV. Author

I got a new vid up for Joey Ramone. Thanks for letting me know the original wasn't working Dolores. It's well worth listening to.

Speaking of worthy things, I love your new hub on Earthships: http://hubpages.com/huberz/hub/Live-Green---Earths...


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Bard of Ely 7 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

Some excellent choices there! Hurt gets my vote and now I'm going to watch the videos!


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EYEAM4ANARCHY 7 years ago from Las Vegas, NV. Author

Thanks Bard,

Having an excuse to watch a bunch of videos was the best part of making this hub.


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blondepoet 7 years ago from australia

Omg is that your pic in the link you sent me which one is you on the left or right ??


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EYEAM4ANARCHY 7 years ago from Las Vegas, NV. Author

On the right...probably...


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gusripper 7 years ago

I dont know the best but i know that the craziest is ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK by SEX PISTOLS,


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EYEAM4ANARCHY 7 years ago from Las Vegas, NV. Author

There's a very thin line between best and craziest.


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apeksha 7 years ago from India.

nice...join me 2...


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blondepoet 7 years ago from australia

Oh Eyes I am a big fan of these songs xox


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EYEAM4ANARCHY 7 years ago from Las Vegas, NV. Author

Then I can officially consider this hub a success Blondie.


Raeden 7 years ago

Hey nice work. You really put a lot of effort and research into it and I guess it paid off. Great!


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EYEAM4ANARCHY 7 years ago from Las Vegas, NV. Author

Thanks Raeden. It was entertaining research though.


THEDARKNESS 7 years ago

You Forgot Red Hot Chili peppers Higher Ground remake by stevie wonder That is one of the best remakes of all time

and their remake of Fire by jimi Hendrix


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EYEAM4ANARCHY 7 years ago from Las Vegas, NV. Author

It's not so much an issue of forgetting, but Higher Ground is a good candidate for #11.


connie 7 years ago

i must say that the band framming hanley did a great cover of the hip hop song lollipop! its pretty rockin.


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EYEAM4ANARCHY 7 years ago from Las Vegas, NV. Author

Yeah, that's not half bad Connie.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iSEZsfVwbHY


Adam B 7 years ago

Some of my favorite cover songs are the following:

Spiderbait - Black Betty

Union Underground - Call Me

Pantera - Cat Scratch Fever

HIM - Wicked Game

Rage Against the Machine - Kick Out the Jams

Infectious Grooves - Immigrant Song

Faith No More - War Pigs


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EYEAM4ANARCHY 7 years ago from Las Vegas, NV. Author

Thanks Adam,

I've heard War Pigs and I like it. I'll have to look the others up. I might have to do a part two on this with some of the suggestions from the comments.


Ju Mordecai 7 years ago

How bout Dinosaur Jr, Just Like Heaven?


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EYEAM4ANARCHY 7 years ago from Las Vegas, NV. Author

Thanks Ju,

I think I'm about do for an 11 - 20 list.


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shazwellyn 7 years ago from Great Britain

I chose hurt... it really says it all, as the last song Cash released x

Police and thieves by the clash was a good cover.


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EYEAM4ANARCHY 7 years ago from Las Vegas, NV. Author

I agree that Hurt and Johnny Cash are pretty much a perfect match shazwellyn.


Todd 6 years ago

I believe the cover of "America" by Yes belongs in here.


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EYEAM4ANARCHY 6 years ago from Las Vegas, NV. Author

Cool Todd; thanks for the input.


commentofthedammed 6 years ago

metallica turn the page for me is better than am i evil. also where in the heck is all along the watchtower by jimi hendrix, no list of covers is complete without it


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EYEAM4ANARCHY 6 years ago from Las Vegas, NV. Author

All along the Watchtower is close, I wouldn't argue too much if someone put it in the top ten. Turn the Page is pretty close to a note by note rehash of the original that Metallica threw out to make a quick buck.


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theherbivorehippi 6 years ago from Holly, MI

Wow...my Ipod is in need of this California Dreamin remake! I've never heard it! love it! You may also like Soundgarden's cover of 'Come Together'. I'm not a huge Soundgarden fan but they made me love them after hearing their live cover of it.


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EYEAM4ANARCHY 6 years ago from Las Vegas, NV. Author

Yeah, I'm not much of a Soundgarden fan myself, but that is a pretty great version of Come Together.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fpT4kgg5xlw


Dude 6 years ago

Seether - Careless whisper??? Must be on your list


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EYEAM4ANARCHY 6 years ago from Las Vegas, NV. Author

Almost Dude. Maybe my next list.


Jason W 6 years ago

Good ear Eye, and good list. Gotta vote for JC- Cash, not the other one :) Also, kudos to Rob Zombie for including Nan Vernon's remake of "Love Hurts" at the end of "Halloween II" remake. Maybe not in the top 10, but you'll never hear that song again without thinking of the inside of a rubber room if you watch the movie!


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EYEAM4ANARCHY 6 years ago from Las Vegas, NV. Author

Thanks Jason! Something that definitely helps a song is when someone uses it in a uniquely appropriate way in a movie. Tiny Dancer in Almost Famous and What a Wonderful World in Good Morning Vietnam are a couple other examples.


Jason W 6 years ago

Too true. Thought of another good one that I would put in a top 10. Aaron Lewis doing the acoustic version of Pearl Jam's "Black". I almost prefer that to the original. Almost.


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Moneybags9 6 years ago

"Simple Man" -Shinedown originally done by Lynyrd Skynyrd by far my favorite remake of ALL TIME!!!!


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EYEAM4ANARCHY 6 years ago from Las Vegas, NV. Author

Thanks Moneybags.


jamessmack 6 years ago

Shindown has two of my favs.....simple man and one


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EYEAM4ANARCHY 6 years ago from Las Vegas, NV. Author

Thanks jamessmack,

Those are good songs, also.


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mythbuster 6 years ago from Utopia, Oz, You Decide

This is an awesome hub, EYEAM4ANARCHY. I found a couple of the videos "out of order" but the text explanations are sufficient to give a really good sense of what is different between cover versions, anyway. lol @ Sid Vicious cover - I really liked that one... nice write up about Sid, too. *thumbsup* I will be back to this hub to "listen" and to check for updates that you might make.


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EYEAM4ANARCHY 6 years ago from Las Vegas, NV. Author

Thanks mythbuster, you're welcome back anytime. I can't blame you for having a few differences and order changes, but you obviously have a good taste in music if you agree with most of my picks. 8^)


Justin090 6 years ago

Nice list, but I would put Jimi Hendrix's 'All Along the Watchtower' remake on there.


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EYEAM4ANARCHY 6 years ago from Las Vegas, NV. Author

Thanks. You probably wouldn't get a lot of arguments about including that and it is a great song, but I just don't think it is in the top ten.


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moncrieff 6 years ago from New York, NY

I like Sid Vicious' My Way and Johnny Cash's Hurt.


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EYEAM4ANARCHY 6 years ago from Las Vegas, NV. Author

I'm right there with you moncrieff. Both of them are great songs. Thanks for the comment.


JohnD 5 years ago

No love for jimi and all along the watch tower):


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EYEAM4ANARCHY 5 years ago from Las Vegas, NV. Author

Some love John, just not enough to put Jimi in the Top 10.


causticbob 5 years ago

the who - summertime blues


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EYEAM4ANARCHY 5 years ago from Las Vegas, NV. Author

Thanks Bob!


Chip 5 years ago

These seem like odd choices... http://www.therockczar.com/misc/top-20-covers-of-a... has better choices IMO.


blake 5 years ago

good choices on list but the best is Mad World- adam Lambert. Close seconds: Wish-Linkin Park, Imagine- A Perfect Circle (on there though) and Mad World- Gary Jules


jaseee 5 years ago

good job but very flawed list.

-Jeff Buckleys cover of leonard Cohens "Hallejulah"

-Jimi Hendrix cover of bob dylans " All along the watchtower"

-Nirvanas cover of Bowies "man who sold the world"

-The beatles cover of the isley brothers "twist and shout"

-The white stripes cover of dolly partons "jolene"

good try though......


Excalibur 5 years ago

Manfred Mann's cover of Bruce Springsteen's Blinded by the Light. Have you ever heard the original played anywhere? No, because it sucks.


Awesome 5 years ago

Everywhere -- Yellowcard


Austin 5 years ago

Gary Jules cover of mad world by tears for fears.

The knife's cover of heartbeats by jose gonzalez.

both amazing covers and originals


Warbo 5 years ago

Devo doing Satisfaction!! Best!


qwmefj 5 years ago

it should be higher ground by red hot chili peppers


Hannah K 4 years ago

It has to be The Couresans cover of 'Venus in Furs' by The Velvet Underground facebook.com/thecourtesans it's awesome!


Joey 4 years ago

Black magic woman?? (Santana covering Fleetwood Mac)


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spartucusjones 4 years ago from Parts Unknown

I enjoy how you do the comparisons of the covers and original. I also just posted part 1 (100-91)of my lists of the best covers. Like you, I do appreciate artists that rework the originals, doing something to put there own unique stamp on the song.


Aaron 4 years ago

Where Jimi Hendrix's All Along the Watchtower cover of Bob Dylans song? Bob Dylan even plays jimi's version instead of his own!


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EYEAM4ANARCHY 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV. Author

If I was going to do this hub over, I would have to include Jeremy Messersmith's cover of "Murder was the Case" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g-ntRhanrPY&feature...


Luke 4 years ago

Handbags and Gladrags by Stereophonics

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