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Best covers of popular songs?

Asked by perplexism (926points) September 1st, 2009

In the past I wasn’t really big on listening to cover songs, as I always figured the original song is better (silly, I know). Since listening to Yael Naim’s cover of Britney’s Spear Toxic. I’ve been wondering, what other good cover songs of popular music have I been missing? By popular music, I mean songs that most people know about.

I’m set on making a mix cd full of the best cover music for an upcoming road trip. I’m looking for songs from all genres.

Any suggestions?

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teh_kvlt_liberal's avatar

I think this cover is pretty rad
If you don’t like it then too bad

Noel_S_Leitmotiv's avatar

Rammstein’s cover of ‘Stripped’ by Depeche Mode is incredible.

I was blown away by Johnny Cash’s cover of Trent Reznor’s ‘Hurt’.

Chris Cornell did an amazing version of Michael Jackson’s ‘Billie Jean’.

Noel_S_Leitmotiv's avatar

Rad Cover Lurve @teh_kvlt_liberal


Likeradar's avatar

I like STP’s cover of Dancing Days way more than Led Zeppelin’s original version.
Also, A.C Newman does a fantastic version of A-ha’s Take On Me (thanks, eponymoushipstr).
And Bob Schneider does a lovely rendition of Somewhere Over the Rainbow.

Blondesjon's avatar

Jane’s Addiction’s cover of Sympathy for the Devil
Stone Temple Pilots’ cover of Dancin’ Days
Johnny Cash’s cover of Hurt

teh_kvlt_liberal's avatar
master of puppets-Dr know
imo better than the original D:

aanuszek1's avatar

Jimi Hendrix’ cover of All Along the Watchtower
Again, Johnny Cash’s cover of Hurt
The more recent Counting Crows’ cover of Big Yellow Taxi
Louis Armstrong’s cover of Somewhere over the Rainbow

Buttonstc's avatar

Louis Armstrong’s What a Wonderful World.

Bro. Iz. Combines Wonderful World with Over the Rainbow and ukelele. Really unique and beautiful.

Can’t do link on iPhone but pop it into YouTube

Also watch the Good Morning Vietnam version of Wonderful World on YouTube. Stunning imagery.

whatthefluther's avatar

Smashing Pumpkins cover of Fleetwood Mac’s Landslide
Ryan Adams cover of Oasis’ Wonderwall

whatthefluther's avatar

Pearl Jam’s cover of J. Frank Wilson’s Last Kiss
The Killers cover of Joy Division’s Shadowplay

efritz's avatar

Regina Spektor’s cover of “Real Love” (John Lennon)
TV on the Radio cover of “Mr. Grieves” (the Pixies)
Polyphonic Spree cover of “Lithium” (Nirvana)
Ben Folds (five?) cover of “Bitches Ain’t Shit” (Dr. Dre)

rebbel's avatar

The Mike Flowers Pops’ version of Wonderwall by Oasis

teh_kvlt_liberal's avatar

I also like Motorhead’s cover of Enter Sandman and Emergency

Grisaille's avatar

Melissa Etheridge & Joss Stone covering Janis Joplin – Take Another Piece of My Heart, Cry Baby

Sam Kronis covering David Bowie – As The World Falls Down

Roy Tully covering John Lennon – Mother

Cat Power covering Oasis – Wonderwall

Chris Cendana covering Santana – Smooth

Shirley Manson covering Grateful Dead (sorta) – Samson and Delilah

Landmark 105 covering Ani DiFranco – Grey

(The next two are a bit sketchy)

Muse covers Nina Simone – Feeling Good

Evanescence covers Nirvana – Heart Shaped Box

Also, pretty much everything Blake Korbanian, Boyce Avenue, and Chris Cendana does.

AstroChuck's avatar

Earth, Wind & Fire does a great cover of the Beatle song Got To Get You Into My Life.

perplexism's avatar

I really wish I could find the full version of Cat Power’s cover of Space Oddity by David Bowie.

And great suggestions so far, everyone. I plan to check all of these out. Keep ‘em coming.

whatthefluther's avatar

Ryan Adam’s cover of Alice In Chains, Down in a Hole
tho I very much like both versions
See ya….Gary aka wtf

sdeutsch's avatar

Check out Me First and the Gimme Gimmes – they do really great punk covers of all sorts of songs (classic rock, musicals, just about everything). My very favorite is their cover of The Rainbow Connection (from the album Are a Drag).

AstroChuck's avatar

Alien Ant Farm does a pretty decent version of MJ’s Smooth Criminal. Also Matisyahu covers John Lennon’s Watching The Whells and Ziggy Marley actually improves the song Drive by the Cars.

teh_kvlt_liberal's avatar

Decent? Excuse me?

Grisaille's avatar

Best? Gonna disagree with you there. Disagree hard.

Grisaille's avatar

After much searching I finally found what I was looking for:

Foo Fighters covers Prince – Darling Nikki

whatthefluther's avatar

Nirvana’ s cover of David Bowie’s The Man Who Sold the World
The Fray’s cover of Kanye West’s Heartless

Grisaille's avatar

forgot about that David Bowie cover!

Also, Korn does a pretty okay cover of Pink Floyd’s Another Brick in the Wall

Probably the best cover of that song, actually.

Grisaille's avatar

What, “what?”

filmfann's avatar

@jamielynn2328 Bono’s I am the Walrus was the worst cover I have heard in years.

perplexism's avatar

@AstroChuck Alien Ant Farm’s cover of MJ’s song was one of my guilty pleasures back in (high school?). Yeah, it’s pretty decent.

The Klaxons did a pretty good cover of No Diggity by Blackstreet.

whatthefluther's avatar

Fall Out Boys cover of MJ’s Beat It

whatthefluther's avatar

John Mayer’s cover of Jimi Hendrix’s Axis Bold As Love

Grisaille's avatar

@whatthefluther That MJ cover ain’t half bad. Not at all.

whatthefluther's avatar

U2’s cover of the Beatle’s Helter Skelter
hey, wtf?....who let me loose?

Grisaille's avatar

it’s okay, I did the same thing


whatthefluther's avatar

Green Day’s cover of John Lennon’s Working Class Hero

teh_kvlt_liberal's avatar

Why hasn’t this been said yet. WHYY
I fought the law -Dead Kennedys (the clash)
Rockin in the free world -Pearl Jam (Neil young)

whatthefluther's avatar

Urge Overkill’s cover of Neil Diamond’s Girl, You’ll Be a Woman Soon

filmfann's avatar

Nancy Sinatra “Bang Bang” (original from Cher)
Gary Jules “Mad World” (original from “Tears for Fears”)

teh_kvlt_liberal's avatar

Communication breakdown -Maiden (YOU SHOULD KNOW THIS)
Pokerface -FNM
I’m Eighteen Anthrax (Alice cooper)

whatthefluther's avatar

Rodrigo Y Gabriella cover of Metallica’s Orion
something a little different

teh_kvlt_liberal's avatar

Better by you Better than me -JP
I forgot who was the original

whatthefluther's avatar

Lifehouse’s cover of Keane’s Somewhere Only We Know
I’m done…I’m old….I need a nap

teh_kvlt_liberal's avatar

Mr Freeze Slayer(Dr know)
Kids in America -Lawnmower deth (I dunno)
These boots -Megadeth(Nancy Sinatra)

whatthefluther's avatar

I had to come back for one more…’s that special

filmfann's avatar

@whatthefluther RickRoll filters engaged.

teh_kvlt_liberal's avatar

And why didn’t anyone bring this up?
FNM- Easy

whatthefluther's avatar

The Atari’s cover of Don Henley’s Boys of Summer

whatthefluther's avatar

Soft Cell’s cover of Gloria Jone’s Tainted Love

whatthefluther's avatar

@teh_kvlt_liberal,...Hey kid….where did everyone else go?
Maybe there is a better question?

teh_kvlt_liberal's avatar

I think everyone moved to that thread about the 19 kids or something

Piper_Brianmind's avatar

Lovesong, originally by The Cure (more popularly known by the cover 311 did), redone by Snake River Conspiracy. Love it.
Also, Ituana’s cover of “Waiting In Vain”.
Cradle Of Filth’s cover of Hallowed Be Thy Name.
The Deftones covering The Chauffer.
Kidneythieves covering Crazy.
Richard Cheese doin Down With The Sickness. Hilarious.
Mm. And that’s all I can think of right now.
Oh, and Cradle Of Filth doing Mr. Crowley and Emperor’s cover of Bathory’s “A Fine Day To Die.” A bit over the top vocally, but still superior in alot of ways.

tinyfaery's avatar

Gary Jules cover of Mad Love (Tears for Fears)

Oh, someone said that.

Dave Matthews’ cover of The Maker (Daniel Lanois)
Willie Nelsons’ cover of The Maker (Daniel Lanois)

chicadelplaya's avatar

I really like Cake’s version of Black Sabbath’s ‘War Pigs’.

Bri_L's avatar

@Noel_S_Leitmotiv – ditto that on Johnny Cash’s Hurt cover.

He also did Great job on U2’s One

teh_kvlt_liberal's avatar

oh my god, I HATE Cradle of filth’s cover of hallowed and Mr Crowley
Like my friend once said “They shouldn’t even be allowed to touch their own songs”
And Emperor’s cover was okay, I still prefer Bathory doing it. No one can top Quothorn

Piper_Brianmind's avatar

@teh_kvlt_liberal The Bathory version has some things over the Emperor cover. I never said it didn’t. For one, Emperor was trying too hard, and the original is alot more haunting during the solo. I prefer For All Those Who Died, though. I don’t know why. It’s just fun.

AstroChuck's avatar

How about the Talking Heads excellent cover of the Reverend Al Green’s Take Me To The River?

teh_kvlt_liberal's avatar

Ziggy Stardust Bauhaus
AFI can fuck off with their shit cover

hondagirrlx's avatar

Seether’s cover of Careless Whisper. AWESOME.

AstroChuck's avatar

How could I forget the Jimmy Cliff cover of Johnny Nash’s I Can See Clearly Now?

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