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Saturday, 11 August 2007

An A-Z of great cover songs


With covers being the latest craze right now, I wanted to post a list including some of my favourite songs done by some of my favourite artists who manage to do the song justice. One person who isn't on the list is a one trick pony who goes by the name of Mark Ronson. On the subject of crappy covers, that Instant Karma album released a few weeks ago is awful too.

I went through my entire 20,000 song collection on itunes to find cover versions and sure enough I found each and every one of them (including the original versions) on youtube which amazes me. It took me a few hours to make this list up but if you only have time to check out one, make it Foo Fighters.

Arcade Fire & U2: Love Will Tear Us Apart (Joy Division original)
Alicia Keys ft Adam Levine: Wild Horses (The Rolling Stones original)
Barenaked Ladies: Careless Whisper (George Michael original)
Beastie Boys: Radio Radio (Elvis Costello original)
Chris Cornell: Thank You (Led Zeppelin original)
Cat Power: Satisfaction (Rolling Stones original)
Divine Comedy: No One Knows (Queens Of The Stone Age original)
Dave Grohl: Tiny Dancer (Elton John original)
Elliott Smith: Jealous Guy (John Lennon original)
Eva Cassidy: Fields Of Gold (Sting original)
Foo Fighters: Stairway To Heaven (Led Zeppelin original)
Flaming Lips: Can't Get You Out Of My Head (Kylie Minogue original)
Gary Jules: Mad World (Tears For Fears original)
Gipsy Kings: Hotel California (The Eagles original)
Israel Kamakawiwo: Somewhere Over The Rainbow (Judy Garland)

Indigo Girls: Romeo & Juliet (Dire Straights original)
Jeff Buckley: Hallelujah (Leonard Cohen original)
Joe Cocker: With A Little Help From My Friends (Beatles original)
KT Tunstall: Want You Back (Jackson Five original)
Killers: Shadowplay (Joy Division original)
Lilly Allen: Naive (The Kooks original)
Lemonheads: Mrs Robinson (Simon & Garfunkel original)
Muse: Feeling Good (Nina Simone original)
Marvin Gaye: Yesterday (The Beatles original)
Nirvana: The Man Who Sold The World (David Bowie original)
Nina Gordon: Straight Outta Compton (N.W.A. original)
Offspring: Feelings (Morris Albert original)
Ok Go: Don't Bring Me Down (ELO original)
Paul Anka: Eye Of The Tiger (Survivor original)
Placebo: Runnin Up That Hill (Kate Bush original)
Rufus Wainwright: Across The Universe (The Beatles original)
Radiohead: Nobody Does It Better (Carly Simon original)
Siouxsie And The Banshees: Dear Prudence (Beatles original)
Stereophonics: Handbags And Gladrags (Rod Steward original)
Travis: Hit Me Baby One More Time (Britney Spears original)
Tori Amos: I Don't Like Mondays (Boomtown Rats original)
U2: Helter Skelter (The Beatles original)
Urge Overkill: Girl, You'll Be A Woman Soon (Neil Diamond original)
Van Halen: You Really Got Me (The Kinks original)
Vic Reeves: Dizzy (Tommy Roe original)
Weezer: Big Me (Foo Fighters original)
White Stripes: Jolene (Dolly Parton original)

There isn't exactly a huge amount of X, Y and Z bands that I know of so no covers from Xtreme, Yellowcard or Zapp & Roger. Which is a relief because they're crap. More tomorrow.

1 comment:

RapturePonies said...

Jeepers...this must have taken u about 10 years! at some stage im hoping to collect all my covers, and do some serious postage like this,

fair play...seriously fair play!
Love Rufus Wainwright, Across the Universe!
The Beatles Twist and Shout is mega too! :):)