Monday, October 25, 2010

100 of the Best Cover Songs of All Time - Part 1

Part One of my picks for 100 of the Best Cover Songs of All Time.  They are not in order of greatness, just numbered.  Please check back in a week for Part Two.  And as always, feel free to leave comments.  - Bret

1. Faith No More - I Started A Joke
Album:  Who Cares A Lot? Greatest Hits (1998)
Buy at Amazon

The original:  Bee Gees - Idea (1968)
Buy at Amazon MP3

2. Johnny Cash - Hurt

The original:  Nine Inch Nails - The Downward Spiral (1994)

3. Sinead O'Connor - Nothing Compares To U

The original:  Written by Prince (1985)

4. Red Hot Chili Peppers - Higher Ground
Album:  Mother's Milk (1989)

The original:  Stevie Wonder - Innervisions (1973)

5. Michael Andrews & Gary Jules - Mad World
Album:  Donnie Darko Soundtrack (2001)

The original:  Tears For Fears - The Hurting (1983)

6. Bauhaus - Ziggy Stardust
Album:  Released as a single (1982).  Now compiled on the best of: Crackle (1998)
Buy at Amazon MP3

The original:  David Bowie - The Rise & Fall Of Ziggy Stardust... (1972)
Buy at Amazon MP3

7. Jane's Addiction - Ripple 
Album: Deadicated: A Tribute To The Grateful Dead (1991)
Buy at Amazon MP3

The original:  Grateful Dead - American Beauty (1970)
Buy at Amazon MP3

8. Gram Parsons w/ Emmylou Harris - Love Hurts
Album:  Grievous Angel (1974)
Buy at Amazon MP3

The original:  Written by F&B Bryant.  First recorded by The Everly Brothers (1960)
Buy at Amazon MP3

9. Judy Collins - Both Sides Now
Album:  Wildflowers (1967)
Buy at Amazon MP3

The original:  Written by Joni Mitchell, though Judy Collins released her version first.
Buy at Amazon MP3

10. Elliott Smith - Thirteen
Album:  New Moon (2007)
Buy at Amazon MP3

The original:  Big Star - #1 Record (1972)
Buy at Amazon MP3

11. The Byrds - Mr. Tambourine Man
Album:  Mr. Tambourine Man (1965)
Buy at Amazon MP3

The original:  Bob Dylan - Bringing It All Back Home (1965)
Buy at Amazon MP3

12. Jimi Hendrix - All Along The Watchtower
Album:  Electric Ladyland (1968)
Buy at Amazon MP3

The original:  Bob Dylan - John Wesley Harding (1967)
Buy at Amazon MP3

13. This Mortal Coil - Song To The Siren
Album:  It'll End In Tears (1984)
Buy at Amazon MP3

The original:  Tim Buckley - Starsailor (1970)
Buy at Amazon MP3

14. Cowboy Junkies - Sweet Jane
Album:  The Trinity Session (1988)
Buy at Amazon MP3

The original: The Velvet Underground - Loaded (1970)
Buy at Amazon MP3

15. David Bowie - See Emily Play
Album:  Pin Ups (1973)
Buy at Amazon MP3

The original:  Pink Floyd.  Released as a single in 1967, later on Echoes
Buy at Amazon MP3

16. Mark Kozelek - If You Want Blood
Album:  best version on The Finally LP (2008) - also on What's Next To The Moon (2001)
Buy at Amazon MP3

The original:  AC/DC - Highway To Hell (1979)
Buy at Amazon

17. Willie Nelson - Always On My Mind
Album: Always On My Mind (1982)
Buy at Amazon MP3

The original:  Written by 3 songwriters and first recorded by Brenda Lee in 1972
Buy at Amazon MP3

18. Social Distortion - Ring Of Fire
Album:  Social Distortion (1990)
Buy at Amazon MP3

The original:  Written by June Carter, the first recording was by June's sister, Anita (1963).  Johnny Cash's version was released shortly after.
Buy at Amazon MP3

19. Brett Anderson - Beautiful
Album:  Released only as a live performance on Youtube (2006/7)

The original:  Written by Linday Perry. First released by Christina Aguilera on Stripped (2001)
Buy at Amazon MP3

20. Joey Ramone - What A Wonderful World
Album:  Don't Worry About Me (2002)
Buy at Amazon MP3

The original:  First recorded and released as a single by Louis Armstrong (1968)
Buy at Amazon MP3

If you're a vinyl enthusiast, check out our feature on the Spin Clean Vinyl Record Cleaning Machine (click image below)

Follow us on Facebook / Twitter / Youtube


  1. This was tough! I have many honorable mentions. Perhaps for part 2...

    1. How soon is now – Love Spit Love
    2. Sweet Dreams – Marilyn Manson
    3. Running Up That Hill – Placebo
    4. Time Killer – And One
    5. Stripped – Rammstein
    6. Fade To Grey – Trans To The Sun
    7. Wish You Were Here – Catherine Wheel
    8. Like A Virgin – Lords of The New Church
    9. War - Frankie Goes To Hollywood
    10. Blue Monday – Flunk
    11. Blue Monday – Orgy
    12. Sinking – The Shroud
    13. Summer Breeze – Type O Negative
    14. Send Me An Angel – Zeromancer
    15. Ball Of Confusion – Love & Rockets
    16. Some Velvet Morning – Slowdive
    17. Always On My Mind – Pet Shop Boys
    18. Solsbury Hill – Erasure
    19. Do You Think I’m Sexy – Revolting Cocks
    20. Funtime – Peter Murphy

  2. cool. there are many great versions of 'always on my mind.' i really like that pet shop boys version. :)