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Best or most clever cover songs

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Posted on Apr 24, 2013 9:01:18 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 24, 2013 9:06:20 AM PDT
These are some of my favorite cover songs:
Billy Jean - Chris Cornell (Michael Jackson)
Stand By Me - John Lennon (Ben E King)
Ain't No Sunshine When She's Gone - Paul McCartney (Bill Withers)
Little Wing - Stevie Ray Vaughan (Jimi Hendrix)
Hurt - Johnny Cash (Nine Inch Nails)
Mad World - Gary Jules (Tears For Fears)
All Along the Watchtower - Jimi Hendrix (Bob Dylan)
Mr. Tambourine Man - The Byrds (Bob Dylan)
Me and Bobby McGee - Janis Joplin (Kris Kristofferson)
The Music of the Night - David Cook on American Idol (Michael Crawford)
Linus and Lucy - Gary Hoey (the cartoon TV show Charlie Brown Christmas?)
If Not For You - George Harrison (Bob Dylan)
With A Little Help From My Friends - Joe Cocker (the Beatles)
Nothing Compares to U - Sinead O'Connor (Prince)
I Will Always Love You - Whitney Houston (Dolly Parton)
It's My Life - No Doubt (Talk Talk)
Cocaine - Eric Clapton (JJ Cale)
Blinded By the Light - Manfred Mann's Earth Band (Bruce Springsteen)
Hallelujah - Jeff Buckley (Leonard Cohen)
Black Magic Woman - Santana (Fleetwood Mac)
Born Under a Bad Sign - Cream (Albert King)
Kansas City - The Beatles (Little Willie Littlefield)
Long Tall Sally - The Beatles (Little Richard)

Posted on Apr 24, 2013 2:13:50 AM PDT
Country Comfort - Rod Stewart (Elton John)
It's Too Late - the Isley Brothers (Carole King)
Mona - the Rolling Stones (Bo Diddley)
Here Comes My Baby - the Tremeloes (Cat Stevens)
I Say A Little Prayer - Aretha Franklin (Burt Bacharach)

Posted on Apr 12, 2013 11:45:53 PM PDT
DUDE says:
The Obsessed doing "On The Hunt" from Lynyrd Skynyrd..Only 1 guitar tuned down probably a step at least (WINO IS THE KING OF HEAVY)

Posted on Apr 12, 2013 10:32:45 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 12, 2013 10:34:14 PM PDT
Not sure if these have been mentioned but here we go. Original is in brackets

Little Wing - Stevie Ray Vaughan (Jimi Hendrix)
Downtown - The B52s ( Petula Clark)
Help me make It Through The Night - Gladys Knight & The Pips ( Kris Kristofferson0
Baby Now that I've Found You - Alison Krauss (The Fortunes)
Wild Is The Wind - David Bowie (Johnny Mathis)
Amazing Grace - Judy Collins (traditional)
Night And Day - U2 (Cole Porter)
Baby I Love You - The Ramones (The Ronettes)
You Were Always On My Mind - Pet Shop Boys ( Willie Nelson)
Twist And Shout - The Beatles (the Isley Brothers)
Words Of Love - The Beatles (Buddy Holly)
Sorrow - David Bowie (The McCoys)
Johnny B. Goode - Peter Tosh (Chuck Berry)
Whole Lotta Love - Ike & Tina Turner (Led Zeppellin)
You Can't Catch me - John Lennon (Chuck Berry)
(I Know) I'm Losing You - Rod Stewart & the Faces (The temptations)

well....there's a few for the moment.

Posted on Mar 26, 2013 9:02:52 PM PDT
Stef says:
Every time I hear a song for you, I think of Donny Hathaway's version instead of the original by Leon Russell. My favorite cover though is probably Marvin Gaye's version of the Beatles' Yesterday. Singer Bettye LaVette has done some great covers also, and from diverse sources. A recent album contained songs by British singers and bands from the 1960s and 1970s.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 26, 2013 8:52:46 PM PDT
Stef says:

Soft Cell's version is the best known and the one most people think of as the original, but it was originally done by singer Gloria Jones in the 1960s. These versions sound quite different from each other.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 26, 2013 8:40:06 PM PDT
Stef says:
@James Walsh:

The Sonics "Have Love Will Travel" is also a cover of a Richard Berry song. Have you heard either version? It seems that both "Have Love Will Travel" and "Louie, Louie" have become garage rock standards.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 26, 2013 8:29:37 PM PDT
Stef says:

Red Sails in the Sunset was recorded many times; Domino's version is only one of these covers . I think I first heard a doo-wop version. Because of your endorsement, I may have to check out the Beatles version. I knew they recorded quite a few covers, but I haven't heard this.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 1, 2012 9:02:03 PM PDT
Jules says:
Yeah, much better than the original! Thanks for the link. I enjoyed it:)

Posted on Jul 1, 2012 11:10:05 AM PDT
Fischman says:
Here's a very cool update of a total crap song. If this version was around 25 years ago, it would have been great at my wedding!

Posted on Jun 14, 2012 7:25:28 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 14, 2012 7:26:58 AM PDT
Up 2 Late says:
Puddle of Mudd did an entire album of cover songs. I have'nt heard all of them yet, but the one's I have so far are pretty fine!

Puddle of Mudd: Re:(Disc)overed

Posted on Jun 13, 2012 4:20:05 PM PDT
JCRB says:
Cat Powers covers are always amazing, her voice literally gives me the chills. Her cover of Werewolf is haunting, her cover of Sea Of Love makes me long for a lost love, hell, even that 2 minute car commercial of her doing a cover of David Bowie's Space Oddity was memorable.

Posted on Jun 13, 2012 3:49:47 PM PDT
I read everything over, so I believe these are new to the list (I skimmed over a lot of great songs that I want to hear right now).

Cat Power- (Can't Get No) Satisfaction (Rolling Stones) - what makes it extra compelling is she never sings the chorus.
Cat Power-Bathysphere (Smog)
Emily Wells- Juicy (Notorious B.I.G.)
The Civil Wars- Dance Me to the End of Love (Leonard Cohen)
Tori Amos- Angie (Rolling Stones)
The Bird and the Bee- Rich Girl (Hall and Oates)
Limit to Your love-James Blake (Feist)
Across the Universe-Fiona Apple (Beatles)
When U Were Mine-Cyndi Lauper (Prince)
To Live Is To Fly-Cowboy Junkies (Townes Van Zandt)
Don't Change-The Audreys (INXS) many more, but I'll stop. It's addictive trying to conjure them up. ^.^

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 13, 2012 3:31:15 PM PDT
Highway 61 Revisited - PJ Harvey - The 4-Track Demo, right? I believe it's the only album it appears on. What a song! I wish PJ Harvey would do something raw like that again... maybe an acoustic set with just the guitar and her amazing crazed vocals? She'd need to revisit her early catalog; I'm not a fan of her recent work.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 13, 2012 3:26:19 PM PDT
I love The Sundays. I wish they'd resurface. What a pretty cover song. I love that it's kept safe on your list by Fudge Tunnel and Napalm Death. :)

Posted on Jun 13, 2012 2:56:37 PM PDT
Libros Lover says:
Stevie Ray Vaughn - Little Wing (Hendrix)
Elton John - Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds (Beatles)
Jose Feliciano - Light My Fire (The Doors)
Annie Lennox - Whiter Shade of Pale (Procol Harum)
Echo & the Bunnymen - People Are Strange (The Doors)
Sinead O'Connor - Nothing Compares to 2 you (Prince)

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 13, 2012 1:29:45 PM PDT
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Posted on Jun 13, 2012 10:21:51 AM PDT
JCRB says:
The Rage Against The Machine cover album Renegades is full of great covers, most of them sound completely different than the originals, but I have to say the most CLEVER is the cover of Devo's "Beautiful World".
The original is upbeat and fun, where as RATM's is completely drained of the happiness, feels melancholy and depressing, made all the more creepy by the happy lyrics.

Posted on Jun 12, 2012 7:24:45 PM PDT
alysha25 says:
Rage Against the Machine does a cover of Bob Dylan's "Maggie's Farm".

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 12, 2012 1:46:04 PM PDT
Stiff Little Fingers - Johnny Was
Circle Jerks - Put A Little Love In Your Heart
UK Subs - She's Not There
The Jam - So Sad About Us
Therapy? - Isolation
Killing Joke - Bodies
D.O.A. - War

Posted on Jun 12, 2012 9:01:42 AM PDT
Jules says:
I'll have to check that out, I bet it is good. I like Seether, too. On that subject of unusual covers, 'Faith' by George Michaels the way Limp Bizquit does it! Hated the thirst version, laughed when I heard the 'new'. IMO the screaming version was much better!

Yes, my oldest son was two or three when The Black Album came out-we caught him singing along with the words of 'Enter Sandman'. He loved it, did not find it scary at all! Recently he has introduced me to some of the 'young' music I might like-Drive by Truckers, Jamey Jonson, Zac Brown Band. We both don't like Nickleback, lol. His dog is named Hank after Hank Williams!

Posted on Jun 12, 2012 8:03:27 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 12, 2012 8:09:31 AM PDT
Up 2 Late says:
.....and truly gifted!!

Isn't it funny when our kids can't 'enlighten' us about *our* music? Mine does it all the time. Fortunately, we like the same music :)

Oh, another one just came to mind..... Seether covered Wham's "Careless Whisper". It started out as a joke, but became a big hit! I didn't like the original, but [IMO] Seether can make ANYTHING sound good!!!

Posted on Jun 12, 2012 7:52:06 AM PDT
Jules says:
Up 2 Late-I Love the Metallica version of that song! My son told me its an old Irish bar song, but they have a way of making something their own. BTW, I heard a story about Metallica during a 'jam' session, didn't know 'House of the Rising Sun' because they never do cover songs! The reporter went on to say that being the musicians they are, they were able to catch on and join in quickly! I thought it was funny and just shows how unique they are!

Posted on Jun 12, 2012 6:51:41 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 12, 2012 6:53:06 AM PDT
Up 2 Late says:
Jules: Glad you liked it. I haven't seen the video yet!

I just listened/watched to this one last night: "Higher Ground" - Red Hot Chili Peppers cover of Stevie Wonder's song.

Another one I REALLY like is Metallica's version of "Whiskey in the Jar"!!

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 11, 2012 7:44:11 PM PDT
Jules says:
Just listened/watched Godsmack on u-tube. It was good, I liked it. Thanks for mentioning it. Love them!
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