Wednesday, October 27, 2010

100 of the Best Cover Songs of All Time - Part 3 of 5

Welcome to Part 3 of our selections for some of the Best Cover Songs of All Time. Turn on the radio, or walk into any bar / club / coffee shop in any town and you are sure to hear a musician covering a song by another artist. This list collects some of the best ones out there. As an added bonus, there's a playlist at the bottom of the page that compiles the cover version and original - back to back - so that you can compare / contrast the uniqueness between the two. There's a link for the subsequent parts at the bottom - if you missed the previous parts, start at the beginning here. If you'd like to share some of your favorites, please do so in the comments section.

Cyndi Lauper - Money Changes Everything
Album: She's So Unusual (1983)
The original: The Brains (1980)

David Bowie - Wild is the Wind
Album: Station to Station (1976)
The original: Written by Dimitri Tiomkin & Ned Washington; first recorded by Johnny Mathis for the film of the same name (1957)

Moby - Temptation
Album: Hotel (2005)
The original: Written by New Order; released as non-album single (1982) and appeared on the compilation Substance (1987)

Hope Sandoval & the Warm Inventions - Drop
Album: Bavarian Fruit Bread (2001)
The original: The Jesus & Mary Chain - Automatic (1989)

The Doors - Alabama Song
Album: The Doors (1967)
The original: Written by Bertolt Brecht (words) & Kurt Weill (music); first performed by Lotte Lenya (Weill's wife) in the play Little Mahogany (1927)

Glen Campbell - Walls
Album: Meet Glen Campbell (2008)
The original: Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers - She's the One (1996); titled 'Walls (Circus)'

Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds - By the Time I Get to Phoenix
Album: Kicking Against the Pricks (1986)
The original: Written by Jimmy Webb; first recorded by Johnny Rivers (1965); made famous by Glen Campbell (1967)

Scarlett Johansson - Falling Down
Album: Anywhere I Lay My Head (2008)
The original: Tom Waits - Big Time (1988)

Jenny Lewis - Handle with Care
Album: Rabbit Fur Coat (2007) with the Watson Twins; guest vocal appearances by Ben Gibbard (Death Cab for Cutie), Conor Oberst (Bright Eyes) and M. Ward (She & Him)
The original: Traveling Wilburys - Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1 (1988)

Johnny Cash - In My Life
Album: American IV: The Man Comes Around (2002)
The original: The Beatles - Rubber Soul (1965)

Jeff Buckley - Hallelujah
Album:  Grace (1994)
The original: Leonard Cohen - Various Positions (1984)

The Lemonheads - I Just Can't Take it Anymore
Album: Varshons (2009)
The original:  Written & recorded as a demo by Gram Parsons (1965); demo version finally released on Gram Parsons - Another Side of This Life (2000)

U2 - Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)
Album: A Very Special Christmas (1987)
The original: Written by Phil Spector with Jeff Barry & Ellie Greenwich; sung by Darlene Love on A Christmas Gift for You from Phil Spector (1963)

Low - Transmission
Album: A Means to an End (Joy Division tribute album) (1995); also Transmission EP (1996)
The original: Written by Joy Division; released as non-album single (1979) and compiled on Substance (1988)

Antony & the Johnsons - Crazy in Love
Album: Released as b-side to Aeon single (2009)
The original: Beyonce - Dangerously in Love (2003)

Johnette Napolitano - The Scientist
Album: Scarred (2007)
The original: Coldplay - A Rush of Blood to the Head (2002)

The Rolling Stones - Love in Vain
Album: Let it Bleed (1969)
The original: Written & recorded by Robert Johnson (1937) as 'Love in Vain Blues'; released as single (1939)

The Sisters of Mercy - Gimme Shelter
Album: Released as b-side to Temple of Love single (1983); compiled on Some Girls Wander by Mistake (1992)
The original: The Rolling Stones - Let it Bleed (1969)

Urge Overkill - Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon
Album: Stull EP (1992); included on the Pulp Fiction Soundtrack & reissued as single (1994)
The original: Neil Diamond - Just for You (1967)

Iggy Pop - Real Wild Child (Wild One)
Album: Blah Blah Blah (1986)
The original: Johnny O'Keefe - Shakin' at the Stadium (1958); titled 'The Wild One (Real Wild Child)'
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  1. 41. The Lemonheads – Luka
    42. Tracy Bonham – Lust for Life
    43. Diane – Therapy?
    44. Slice of Life – Android Lust
    45. Hey Hey Helen – Lush
    46. When You Sleep – Mira
    47. Route 66 – Depeche Mode
    48. Crazy - Kidneythieves
    49. Persephone – Diva Destruction
    50. Helter Skelter – Pat Benatar
    51. Barracuda – Rasputina
    52. On Islands – Camouflage
    53. Say Something – Bret Helm
    54. Head On – Pixies
    55. Dear Prudence – Siouxsie and the Banshees
    56. Final Solution – Pere Ubu
    57. Spirit In The Sky – Bauhaus
    58. Rosegarden Funeral of Sores – Bauhaus
    59. Dancing Barefoot – Clan of Xymox
    60. God Only Knows – David Bowie

  2. Cool. On #56, Pere Ubu is the original :) I also have Bowie's God Only Knows & Pixies - Head On for Part 4. Luka is a good one too... there are so many great Lemonheads covers to choose from. Looking forward to seeing your next batch.

  3. I personally was never fond of the Pixies cover - either version. But this is a cool list and I don't know where I would even begin with it. I hope to see "Time" - Bowie covered by Rozz, or "Venus In Furs" by Christian Death - because both are awesome covers. "Dead Babies/Killer" was also spot on.

  4. Haloe! This is a very difficult process. My favorite Rozz cover is Dream Home Heartache. Very emotional. There are still 20 songs left, which will be revealed tomorrow, so you never know. :)

  5. @Bret - Pere Ubu is a typo. Good catch. I of course intended to say, Mr. Murphy.

    This is getting very difficult.