Top 10 Country Covers- Covers of Country Songs and Covers by Country Artists
I love cover songs. I love to hear an artists interpretation of another artist's song, especially if they come from different genres. It's fun to hear a fresh twist on an old song. Here is my Top 10 list of country covers. Some of them are country artists' covers of rock songs, and some the other way around. I know there are some awesome covers I've never heard before so please suggest some further listening!
Jolene- The White Stripes
Alt rock duo The White Stripes covered Dolly Parton's iconic self-penned song Jolene on a B-side to a single. But when they released a live version on a 2004 album, the song reached #16 on the UK singles chart. But Jack White is no stranger to the country music world. He performed bluegrass/folk songs as a Civil War-era character in the film Cold Mountain and released a single with Loretta Lynn called Portland, Oregon.
You Ain't Woman Enough (To Take My Man)- Paramore
Members of pop-rock band Paramore are Nashville natives with a respect for country music. Front-woman Haley Williams does a fantastic job belting the tune on Coal Miner's Daughter- A Tribute to Loretta Lynn.
Shine- Dolly Parton
On the album Little Sparrow, Dolly included a bluegrass version of Collective Soul's Shine. She followed it up with a great music video featuring famous bluegrass musicians.
Baby Now That I've Found You- Alison Krauss & Union Station
In 1967, British group The Foundations released Baby Now That I've Found You and it became a hit in the UK, Canada, and the US. Alison Krauss & Union Station's version sounds just like they wrote it themselves. I never would have guessed it was a cover of a 60s pop band song.
I Could Not Ask For More- Sara Evans
Singer/songwriter Edwin McCain's I Could Not Ask For More hit #3 on the adult contemporary charts in 1999. He was the king of nineties love songs and toured with Hootie & The Blowfish and Jewel. Sara Evans recored the song on the 2000 album Born To Fly.
Crazy- The Kills
The Kills' stripped-down version of the Willie Nelson penned, Patsy Cline hit Crazy is one of the best. The vocals are awesome and I love the simple acoustic strumming.
Hurt- Johnny Cash
In 2002, Johnny Cash released one of his last songs before his death. It was a cover of Nine Inch Nails' Hurt. It debuted to critical acclaim, and the music video with Cash family photos won a CMA and a Grammy.
My Maria- Brooks & Dunn
I remember listening to Brooks & Dunn sing this song when I was a kid. I din't even know it was a cover until a few years ago. B.W. Stevenson co-wrote and released My Maria in 1973. It was a top-ten it but Brooks & Dunn made it popular among country fans in 1996, reaching #1 on the country charts.
I Told You So- Carrie Underwood
This is actually a country cover of a country song. On Carrie Underwood's second album Carnival Ride, she included a cover of Randy Travis' I Told You So. When she performed it on the Grand Ole Opry, Travis surprised her on stage and complemented her on her vocals. It's a sweet song and seems like it was written for a woman to sing, rather than a man.
Landslide- Dixie Chicks
I LOVE Fleetwood Mac but Landslide isn't one of my favorites of theirs. But the Dixie Chicks' version is great. No offense to Stevie Nicks but Natalie Maines breathes new life into this song.
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