Thursday, October 28, 2010

100 of the Best Cover Songs of All Time - Part 4 of 5

Welcome to Part 4 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.

Pixies - Head On
Album: Trompe Le Monde (1991)
The original: The Jesus & Mary Chain - Automatic (1989)

The The - Your Cheatin' Heart
Album: Hanky Panky (1994)
The original: Written & recorded by Hank Williams (September 1952); released as single shorty after his death (January 1953)

Nirvana - Jesus Doesn't Want Me for a Sunbeam
Album: MTV Unplugged in New York (1994)
The original: The Vaselines - Dying for It EP (1987); a parody of an old children's song

Tracey Ullman - They Don't Know
Album: You Broke My Heart In Seventeen Places (1983)
The original: Written by Kirsty MacColl; released as non-album single (1979) and compiled on Galore (1995)

Roxy Music - Jealous Guy
Album: Released as non-album single (1981); compiled on Street Life: 20 Great Hits (1986)
The original: John Lennon - Imagine (1971)

Blondie - The Tide is High
Album: Autoamerican (1980)
The original: Written by John Holt of The Paragons as a single (1967); appeared on the album On the Beach (1967)

Justin Sullivan (of New Model Army) - Masters of War
Album: Tales of the Road: Justin Sullivan and Friends (2004)
The original: Bob Dylan - The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan (1963)

David Bowie - God Only Knows
Album: Tonight (1984)
The original: The Beach Boys - Pet Sounds (1966)

Rozz Williams & Gitane DeMone - In Every Dream Home a Heartache
Album: Dream Home Heartache (1995)
The original: Roxy Music - For Your Pleasure (1973)

Elvis Presley - Suspicious Minds
Album: Released as non-album single (1969); compiled on The Number One Hits (1987)
The original: Written and released as single by Mark James (1968)

AFI - Don't Change
Album: Released as b-side to Miss Murder single (2006); included on some editions of thhe album Decemberunderground (2006)
The original: INXS - Shabooh Shoobah (1982)

The Lemonheads - Beautiful
Album: Varshons (2009)
The original: Written by Linda Perry; first released by Christina Aguilera on the album Stripped (2002)

The Sundays - Wild Horses
Album: Blind (1992)
The original: The Rolling Stones - Sticky Fingers (1971); first released version was by The Flying Burrito Brothers on the album Burrito Deluxe (1970); read more about the song's history on Part 2

REM - Superman
Album: Lifes Rich Pageant (1986)
The original: The Clique - s/t (1969)

Luna - Sweet Child o' Mine
Album: The Days of Our Nights (1999)
The original: Guns N' Roses - Appetite for Destruction (1987)

Dinosaur Jr. - Just Like Heaven
Album: Released as non-album single (1989); compiled on Ear-Bleeding Country: The Best of Dinosaur Jr. (2001)
The original: The Cure - Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me (1987)

The Byrds - You're Still on My Mind
Album: Sweetheart of the Rodeo (1968); featuring Gram Parsons on vocals
The original: Luke McDaniel as Jeff Daniels (1959); compiled on Daddy-O-Rock (The Rock and Country Sides of Luke McDaniel) (1996)

Morrissey - A Song from Under the Floorboards
Album: Released as b-side to The Youngest was the Most Loved single (2006)
The original: Magazine - The Correct Use of Soap (1980)

Rammstein - Stripped
Album: For The Masses Depeche Mode tribute album (1998); also as non-album single
The original: Depeche Mode - Black Celebration (1986)

The Beatles - Twist and Shout
Album: Please Please Me (1963)
The original: Written by Phil Medley & Bert Berns; first recorded and released as single by The Top Notes (1961)

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1 comment:

  1. Each one of these is a gem. I'm not sure if they all belong in the top 100. A couple of them do for sure. I don't have 20...

    Nirvana-The Man Who Sold the World

    Joe Cocker-A Little Help from my Friends

    UB40-Red, Red Wine

    Black Crowes-Hard to Handle

    Gnarls Barkley-Gone Daddy Gone

    Blake Lewis-You Give Love a Bad Name

    Whitney Houston-I Will Always Love You

    Soft Cell-Tainted Love

    Cake-I Will Survive

    Ozzy Osborne-Stayin' Alive