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In popular music, a cover version, or simply cover, is a new performance or recording of a previously recorded, commercially released song or popular song. It can sometimes have a pejorative meaning implying that the original recording should be regarded as the definitive or "authentic" version, and all others merely lesser competitors, alternatives or tributes (no matter how popular). However, Billboard and other magazines recording the popularity of the musical artists and hit tunes originally measured the sales success of the published tune, not just recordings of it or, later, the airplay that it achieved, in which case the greater the number of cover versions the more successful the song. Contemporary versions of older tunes such as "Who's Sorry Now?", "Blue Moon", "I Fought the Law, "Twist and Shout" and "Not Fade Away" have been often used to position well-known music between less familiar "originals".

Modern cover versions

Cover versions of many popular songs have been recorded, sometimes with a radically different style, sometimes virtually indistinguishable from the original. For example, José Feliciano's version of "Light My Fire" (recorded after the original had disappeared from sales charts) was distinct from The Doors' version.

A song may be covered into another language. For example, in the 1930s, a recording of Isle of Capri in Spanish, by Osvaldo Fresedo and singer Roberto Ray, is known. Falco's 1982 German-language hit "Der Kommissar" was covered in English by After the Fire, although the German title was retained. The English version, which was not a direct translation of Falco's original but retained much of its spirit, reached the Top 5 on the US charts. "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" evolved over several decades and versions from a 1939 Zulu a cappella song. Many of singer Laura Branigan's 1980s hits were English-language remakes of songs already successful in Europe, for the American record market. Numerable English-language covers exist of "99 Luftballons" by German singer Nena (notably one by punk band Goldfinger), one having been recorded by Nena herself following the success of her original German version. "Popcorn", a song which was originally completely instrumental, has had lyrics added in at least six different languages in various covers. During the heyday of Cantopop in Hong Kong in the late 1970s to early 1990s, many hits were covers of English and Japanese titles that have gained international fame but with localised lyrics (sometimes multiple sets of lyrics sung to the same tune), and critics often chide the music industry of shorting the tune-composing process.

Although modern cover versions are often produced for artistic reasons, some aspects of the disingenuous spirit of early cover versions remain. In the album-buying heyday of the 1970s, albums of sound-alike covers were created, commonly released to fill bargain bins in the music section of supermarkets and even specialized music stores, where uninformed customers might easily confuse them with original recordings. The packaging of such discs was often intentionally confusing, combining the name of the original artist in large letters with a tiny disclaimer like as originally sung by or as made popular by. More recently, albums such as the Kidz Bop series of compact discs, featuring versions of contemporary songs sung by children, have sold successfully.

Organized crime, or unscrupulous labels, have been known to release original recordings in other markets, without payment of royalties to the writers or artists; these unauthorized releases could not be properly termed "cover" recordings.[citation needed]

Updating older songs

Cover versions (as the term is now used) are often contemporary versions of familiar songs. For example "Singin' in the Rain" was originally introduced in the film The Hollywood Revue of 1929. The famous Gene Kelly version was a revision that brought it up to date for a 1950s Hollywood musical, and was used in the 1952 film Singin' in the Rain. In 1978, it was covered by French singer Sheila accompanied by the B. Devotion group, as a disco song, once more updating it to suit the musical taste of the era. During the disco era there was a brief trend of taking well known songs and recording them in the disco style. More recently "Singin' In the Rain" has been covered and remixed by British act Mint Royale for a television commercial for Volkswagen. Another example of this, from a different angle, is the tune "Blueberry Hill", many mistakenly believe the Fats Domino 1956 release to be the original recording and artist. In fact, it was originally introduced on film by Gene Autry and popularised on the record Hit Parade of 1940 by Glenn Miller. The Fats Domino rock and roll version is the only one that might currently get widespread airplay on most media - due, no doubt, to the still prevailing prejudice against non-beat music artists or styles. Similarly, "Unchained Melody" was originally performed by Todd Duncan, featured in the 1955 film Unchained (based on the non-fiction story Prisoners are People by Kenyon J. Scudder); Al Hibbler having the biggest number of worldwide record sales for the vocal version with Jimmy Young's cover version rival outdoing this in the UK,[16] Les Baxter's Orchestra gaining the big instrumentalist sales, reaching the US Hit Parade number one spot in May 1955,[17] but The Righteous Brothers' later version (top five on the US Hit Parade of September 1965[18] stalling at number 14 in the UK in August) is by far the wider known version, and especially so following its appearance in the 1990 film Ghost.

Director Baz Luhrmann has contemporised and stylised older songs for use in his films. New or cover versions such as John Paul Young's "Love Is in the Air" occur in Strictly Ballroom, Candi Staton's "Young Hearts Run Free" appear in Romeo + Juliet, and adaptations of artists such as Nat King Cole, Nirvana, Kiss, Elton John, Thelma Houston, Marilyn Monroe, Madonna, T. Rex, David Bowie, Queen and The Police are used in Moulin Rouge! The covers are carefully designed to fit into the structure of each film and suit the taste of the intended audience.
[edit] Introduction of new artists

New artists are often introduced to the record buying public with performances of well known, "safe" songs as evidenced in American Idol and its counterparts in other countries. It is also a means by which the public can more easily concentrate upon the new performer without the need to judge the quality of the songwriting skills.

However, some new artists have chosen to radically rework a popular song to exemplify their approach and philosophy to music. Prime examples include Joe Cocker's soul reworking of The Beatles' originally-jaunty "With a Little Help from My Friends", the band Devo's radical reconstruction of the Rolling Stones' "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction", or Marilyn Manson's version of the Eurythmics' "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)". Many musicians have other goals, such as to create publicity as in Sid Vicious' notorious version of "My Way", or to personalize a song, such as Johnny Cash reworking Nine Inch Nails's "Hurt" to a devastating acoustic version that reflected upon his ill state (Cash died less than a year after the release of the album on which the song appears).

Tributes, tribute albums and cover albums

Established artists often pay homage to artists or songs that inspired them before they started their careers or musicians who in some way helped them enter show business by recording their own versions of tunes associated with that artist (See, for example, I Remember Tommy) or performing tunes associated with their favourite influential musician(s) in their own live performances for variety. For example U2 has performed ABBA's "Dancing Queen" live, and Kylie Minogue has performed The Clash's "Should I Stay or Should I Go" - songs that would be completely out of character for them to record, but which allow them artistic freedom when performing live. These performances are often released as part of authorised "live recordings".

Since the late twentieth century, unrelated contemporary artists have contributed individual reworkings of tunes to tribute albums for well established artists who are considered to be influential and inspiring. This trend was spawned by Hal Willner's Amarcord Nino Rota in 1981. Typically, each project has resulted in a collection of the particular artist's best recognised or most highly regarded songs reworked by more current performers. Among the artists to receive this form of recognition are Madonna, AC/DC, Joy Division, Guns N' Roses, New Order, Rush, Faith No More, Tom Waits, Oingo Boingo, The Bee Gees, ABBA, Fleetwood Mac, Cher, Shania Twain, Linkin Park, Kate Bush, Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Rammstein, The Carpenters, Dolly Parton, Nirvana, Nine Inch Nails, Leonard Cohen, U2, Jimi Hendrix, Elton John, Duran Duran, Carole King, The Smashing Pumpkins, Led Zeppelin, Sick of It All, Metallica, the Ramones, Queen, The Misfits, Sublime, Velvet Revolver, Weezer, Daniel Johnston, the Finn brothers, Bruce Cockburn, Donovan, Harry Chapin, Gordon Lightfoot, Britney Spears and Björk. At least five tribute albums to Gary Numan have been released.

The soundtracks to the films I Am Sam and Across the Universe are examples of this: they consisted of Beatles songs redone by various contemporary artists. Some more notable examples are Conception: The Interpretation of Stevie Wonder Songs; Common Thread an album of contemporary country artists performing hit singles by The Eagles; the Rhythm, Country and Blues album where a country artist duets with a Rhythm and blues artist on a standard of either genre. Two notable tribute albums to the Grateful Dead are Wake the Dead, with Celtic-style covers, and Might As Well, by The Persuasions.

In some cases this proves to be popular enough to spawn a series of cover albums being released for a band, either under a consistent branding such as the two Black Sabbath Nativity in Black cover albums and the Industrial themed "Blackest Album" cover albums of Metallica songs, or in the form of releases from a number of different companies cashing in on the trend such as the many Metallica cover albums released in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

Metallica itself is known for doing covers; their original album, Kill 'Em All, included a couple of covers (Diamond Head's "Am I Evil?" and Blitzkrieg's "Blitzkrieg"), the original The $5.98 E.P.: Garage Days Re-Revisited was a collection of covers paying homage to a number of mostly obscure bands, which were later combined with additional new covers on the double album Garage Inc., which among other things included covers of Black Sabbath ("Sabbra Cadabra"), Bob Seger ("Turn the Page"), Blue Öyster Cult ("Astronomy"), Mercyful Fate (a medley of different songs of the band), and numerous Motörhead tracks. In an interesting turn around there were even a couple of releases of The Metallic-era CDs collecting tracks from bands that Metallica had covered, both the original versions of the covered songs, and some additional songs by the same artist.

A different type of all-covers album occurs when one artist creates a release of covers of songs originally by many other artists, as a way to recognize their influences or simply as a change of pace or direction. An early example of this was David Bowie's album "Pin Ups", featuring songs from groups with which he had shared venues in the 1960s. Since these bands included The Who and The Kinks many of the tracks would have been at least familiar to his audience. Other more recent examples of this type of album include Renegades by Rage Against the Machine featuring covers of songs originally performed by diverse artists including Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones, Afrikaa Bambaataa, and Erik B and Rakim, as well as the EP Feedback by Canadian rock band Rush. Tori Amos' album Strange Little Girls features covers of songs originally performed by male artists sung from the perspective of thirteen female characters she created (including a rather unexpected version of Slayer's "Raining Blood"). Manfred Mann did albums with more covers than original songs, following the mould of Vanilla Fudge. More rarely, bands will do an entire album of cover songs originally by a particular artist, such as The The's Hanky Panky, which consists entirely of Hank Williams songs, or Booker T. & the M.G.'s' album McLemore Avenue which was a cover of The Beatles' Abbey Road, or Russ Pay's tribute to Manchester legends Joy Division.

There are also bands who create entire albums out of covers, but unlike Tin Pan Alley-style traditional pop singers, they often perform the songs in a genre completely unlike the original songs. Examples include The Moog Cookbook (alternative and classic rock songs done on Moog synthesizers), Richard Cheese and Lounge Against the Machine (top 40, including punk, heavy metal, teen pop and indie rock performed in a Vegas lounge lizard style), and Hayseed Dixie (a play on the name AC/DC, they started covering AC/DC songs and progressed to other classic rock, playing them as bluegrass songs, similar to The Gourds' version of "Gin and Juice.") Also notable are Dread Zeppelin, who take Led Zeppelin songs and cover them in a reggae fashion with the added twist of an Elvis Presley impersonation on the lead vocal; Nine Inch Elvis, who take Elvis Presley songs and rework them in an industrial fashion similar to Nine Inch Nails; and Beatallica, who "mix up" songs from The Beatles and Metallica, into metallica-sounding songs with humorous lyrics referring to both bands' works.

In that same category, the Blues Brothers have recorded only covers on their three most famous albums, Briefcase Full of Blues, Made in America and the motion picture soundtrack The Blues Brothers. They covered blues, R&B, soul, country and rock'n'roll songs, but with their own particular, fresh and raw style of interpretation, a successful blend of the Memphis Stax [disambiguation needed] sound provided by MGs band members Steve Cropper and Donald "Duck" Dunn, and the New York City sound from the horn section (Alan Rubin and Lou Marini, for example). The outcome sometimes gave a new life to songs. Some became even more popular after the Blues Brothers had played them, than before. The best example is "Soul Man", more remembered as a hit by The Blues Brothers rather than by the original singers, Sam & Dave. The same can be said of "She Caught the Katy" (originally written by Taj Mahal and Yank Rachell) and "Jailhouse Rock" (sung by Elvis Presley) or "Sweet Home Chicago" (Robert Johnson), acknowledging the fact that covers can become even more famous than original performances.

Recent years have seen well-established artists (especially those mostly active in the 1980s) release cover albums, such as Poison (Poison'd!), Tesla (Real to Reel), Queensrÿche (Take Cover), and Def Leppard (Yeah!), revealing a wide range of musical influences.

Some cover albums take the unusual tack of doing classical versions of rock and metal songs. The unusual band Apocalyptica which comprises four classical cellists started out performing classical arrangements of Metallica songs. In a similar vein, there have also been many string quartet tributes to popular rock and metal bands, most notably Tool, Black Sabbath, Breaking Benjamin, New Order/Joy Division, the Cure, Muse, the Beatles, and even Slayer among others.

One more type of cover album is when a cover of the entire album is done, rather than a collection of songs. A notable band to earn acclaim this way are the Easy Star All-Stars, who covered The Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd in their album Dub Side of the Moon and OK Computer by Radiohead in their album Radiodread. Both albums were radical departures from the original albums, being redone in reggae/dub. Another album which radically remade an original album in a new genre is the 2001 Rebuild the Wall, in which Luther Wright and the Wrongs covered the entire double-album The Wall by Pink Floyd as a country/bluegrass piece.



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1. All Along the Watchtower   Jimi Hendrix 1. Behind Blue Eyes   Limp Bizkit
2. Respect Aretha Franklin 2. Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds William Shatner
3. Crossroads Cream 3. Feel Like Making Love Kid Rock
4. With A Little Help From My Friends Joe Cocker 4. American Pie Madonna
5. Mr. Tambourine Man The Byrds 5. Stairway To Heaven Dolly Parton
6. Hound Dog Elvis Presley 6. September Gurls Bangles
7. You Shook Me Led Zeppelin 7. Dock Of The Bay Michael Bolton
8. Hallelujah Jeff Buckley 8. Sweet Child O' Mine Sheryl Crow
9. Hurt Johnny Cash 9. My Generation Hillary Duff
10. Statesboro Blues The Allman Brothers 10. I Love Rock 'N' Roll Britney Spears






Original or First Hit Version*


Best Cover Version**

A Groovy Kind Of Love Diane And Annita (1965) Mindbenders (1965)
Abracadabra Steve Miller Band (1982) Sugar Ray (1999)
Achilles Last Stand Led Zeppelin (1976) Dream Theater (1995)
After Midnight J. J. Cale (1970) Eric Clapton (1970)
After The Gold Rush Neil Young (1970) Harris / Parton / Ronstadt (1999)
Alabama Song (Whiskey Bar) Kurt Weill (1930) Doors (1967)
All Along The Watchtower Bob Dylan (1967) Jimi Hendrix (1968)
All I Really Want To Do Bob Dylan (1964) Cher (1965)
America Simon and Garfunkel (1968) Yes (1972)
American Woman Guess Who (1970) Lenny Kravitz (1998)
Astronomy Blue Oyster Cult (1974) Metallica (1998)
Babe I'm Gonna Leave You Joan Baez (1962) Led Zeppelin (1969)
Baby It's You Shirelles (1961) Smith (1969)
Backdoor Man Howlin' Wolf (1960) Doors (1970)
Back in N.Y.C. Genesis (1974) Jeff Buckley (1998)
Back In The High Life Again Steve Winwood (1987) Warren Zevon (2000)
Battle of Evermore Led Zeppelin (1971) Heart (2003)
Because the Night Patti Smith (1978) 10,000 Maniacs (1993)
Big Yellow Taxi Joni Mitchell (1970) Counting Crows (2002)
Billie Jean Michael Jackson (1982) Chris Cornell (2007)
Black Magic Woman Fleetwood Mac (1968) Santana (1970)
Blinded By The Light Bruce Springsteen (1973) Manfred Mann's Earth Band (1976)
Blue Bayou Roy Orbison (1963) Linda Ronstadt (1977)
Blue Suede Shoes Carl Perkins (1955) Elvis Presley (1956)
Blueberry Hill Gene Autry (1941) Fats Domino (1956)
Born Under a Bad Sign Albert King (1967) Cream (1968)
Break on Through (to the Other Side) Doors (1967) Stone Temple Pilots (2000)
California Girls Beach Boys (1965) David Lee Roth (1985)
California Sun Joe Jones (1961) Rivieras (1964)
Can't Find My Way Home Blind Faith (1969) Electronic (2001)
Cat Scratch Fever Ted Nugent (1977) Pantera (2003)
Chains The Cookies (1962) Beatles (1963)
China Girl Iggy Pop (1977) David Bowie (1983)
Cinnamon Girl Neil Young (1969) Matthew Sweet & Susanna Hoffs (2006)
Cocaine J. J. Cale (1976) Eric Clapton (1977)
Come Dancing Kinks (1983) Matchbox 20 (2007)
Come On (let the good times roll) Earl King (1960) Jimi Hendrix (1968)
Come On Eileen Dexy's Midnight Runners (1983) Save Ferris (1997)
Come Together Beatles (1969) Aerosmith (1978)
Crossroads Robert Johnson (1936) Cream (1968)
Cruise Control Dixie Dregs (1977) Dream Theater (1995)
Crying In The Chapel Darrell Glenn (1953) Elvis Presley (1965)
Cum On Feel The Noize Slade (1973) Quiet Riot (1983)
Dancing In The Moonlight Thin Lizzy (1977) Smashing Pumpkins (1993)
Dancing In The Street Martha & the Vandellas (1964) Van Halen (1982)
Day Tripper Beatles (1965) Otis Redding (1966)
Dedicated To The One I Love "5" Royales (1957) Mamas & Papas (1967)
Der Kommissar Falco (1981) After the Fire (1982)
Dizzy Miss Lizzy Larry Williams (1958) Beatles (1965)
Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood Nina Simone (1964) The Animals (1965)
Downtown Train Tom Waits (1985) Rod Stewart (1990)
Dreams The Allman Brothers Band (1969) Molly Hatchet (1978)
Drift Away Doby Gray (1973) Uncle Kracker (2003)
Drive My Car Beatles (1965) Humble Pie (1975)
Drown In My Own Tears Lulu Reed (1954) Ray Charles (1956)
Everybody Plays The Fool Main Ingredient (1972) Aaron Neville (1991)
Feelin' Alright Traffic (1968) Joe Cocker (1970)
Fire Jimi Hendrix (1967) Red Hot Chili Peppers (1989)
For Once in My Life Jean DuShon (1966) Stevie Wonder (1968)
Get Ready Temptations (1966) Rare Earth (1969)
Ghost Riders in the Sky Vaughn Monroe (1949) Johnny Cash (1979)
Good Golly Miss Molly Little Richard (1958) Creedence Clearwater Revival (1969)
Good Morning Little School Girl Sonny Boy Williamson (1937) Ten Years After (1969)
Green Manalishi Fleetwood Mac (1972) Judas Priest (1979)
Hallelujah Leonard Cohen (1985) Jeff Buckley (1994)
Hanky Panky Raindrops (1963) Tommy James & the Shondells (1963)
Hard To Handle Otis Redding (1968) Black Crows (1989)
Havana Affair Ramones (1976) Red Hot Chili Peppers (2003)
Have a Cigar Pink Floyd (1975) Primus (1992)
Hazy Shade Of Winter Simon & Garfunkel (1968) Bangles (1987)
Heard It Through The Grapevine Gladys Night & the Pips (1967) Creedence Clearwater Revival (1970)
Heart Shaped Box Nirvana (1993) Evanescence (2003)
Helter Skelter Beatles (1968) Aerosmith (1991)
Here Comes the Sun Beatles (1969) Richie Havens (1971)
Hey Hey What Can I Do Led Zeppelin (1970) Hootie & the Blowfish (2000)
Hey Joe The Leaves (1965) Jimi Hendrix (1966)
Higher Ground Stevie Wonder (1973) Red Hot Chili Peppers (1989)
Honey Don't Carl Perkins (1956) Beatles (1964)
Honey Hush Joe Turner (1953) Johnny Burnette Trio (1956)
Hooked On A Feeling B. J. Thomas (1968) Blue Swede (1974)
Hound Dog Big Mama Thornton (1953) Elvis Presley (1956)
Hurt Nine Inch Nails (1994) Johnny Cash (2003)
Hush Billy Joe Royal (1967) Deep Purple (1968)
I Can Hear Music Ronettes (1966) Beach Boys (1968)
(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction Rolling Stones (1965) Otis Redding (1965)
I Just Want To Make Love To You Muddy Waters (1954) Foghat (1977)
I Fought The Law The Crickets (without Holly) (1961) The Clash (1978)
I Put a Spell on You Screamin' Jay Hawkins (1956) Creedence Clearwater Revival (1968)
I Shot the Sheriff Bob Marley (1973) Eric Clapton (1974)
I Thank You Sam & Dave (1968) ZZ Top (1980)
I Wanna Be Sedated Ramones (1978) The Offspring (2003)
I Want Candy The Strangeloves (1965) Bow Wow Wow (1982)
I Will Survive Gloria Gaynor (1978) Cake (1996)
If You Don't Know Me By Now Harold Melvin & Blue Notes (1972) Simply Red (1989)
(I'm A) Road Runner Jr. Walker & the All Stars (1965) Humble Pie (1973)
I'm Gonna Be A Wheel Someday Bobby Mitchell (1957) Fats Domino (1959)
I'm A Man Spencer Davis Group (1967) Chicago (1969)
In the Flesh? Pink Floyd (1979) Dream Theater (1995)
In the Midnight Hour Wilson Pickett (1965) The Young Rascals (1966)
It Ain't Me Babe Bob Dylan (1964) The Turtles (1965)
It's My Life Talk Talk (1984) No Doubt (2004)
It's My Party Lesley Gore (1963) Bryan Ferry (1973)
Jailhouse Rock Elvis Presley (1957) Jeff Beck Group (1969)
Jolene Dolly Parton (1974) The White Stripes (2004)
Journey To The Center Of The Mind The Amboy Dukes (1968) Ramones (1994)
Kansas City Little Willie Littlefield (1952) Wilbert Harrison (1959)
Kashmir Led Zeppelin (1975) Jeff Buckley (2001)
Keep a Knockin' Louis Jordan (1941) Little Richard (1957)
Kentucky Woman Neil Diamond (1967) Deep Purple (1968)
Kick Out The Jams MC5 (1969) Rage Against The Machine (2000)
Kid A Radiohead (2000) John Mayer (2001)
Knockin' On Heavens Door Bob Dylan (1973) Guns N' Roses (1991)
La Bamba Ritchie Valens (1958) Los Lobos (1987)
Landslide Fleetwood Mac (1975) Smashing Pumpkins (1994)
Last Kiss Wayne Cochran (1961) Pearl Jam (2003)
Let's Spend the Night Together Rolling Stones (1967) David Bowie (1973)
Light My Fire Doors (1967) Jose Feliciano (1968)
Little Wing Jimi Hendrix (1967) Derek & The Dominos (1970)
Live And Let Die Paul McCartney & Wings (1971) Guns N' Roses (1991)
Long Tall Sally Little Richard (1956) Beatles (1964)
Look At Little Sister Hank Ballard & The Midnighters (1959) Stevie Ray Vaughan (1985)
Louie Louie Richard Berry (1957) The Kingsmen (1963)
Love Hurts The Everly Brothers (1960) Nazareth (1975)
Love in Vain Robert Johnson (1938) Rolling Stones (1969)
Love Potion #9 Clovers (1959) Searchers (1964)
Love Song The Cure (1989) 311 (2004)
Lucille Little Richard (1957) The Everly Brothers (1960)
Lucy In the Sky With Diamonds Beatles (1967) Elton John (1974)
Mad Worlds Tears For Fears (1982) Gary Jules (2001)
Maggie's Farm Bob Dylan (1965) Rage Against the Machine (2000)
Me And Bobby McGee Kris Kristofferson (1970) Janis Joplin (1971)
Mony Mony Tommy James (1968) Billy Idol (1987)
Move It On Over Hank Williams Sr. (1947) George Thorogood (1978)
Mr. Tambourine Man Bob Dylan (1964) The Byrds (1965)
Mustang Sally Sir Mack Rice (1965) Wilson Pickett (1966)
My Back Pages Bob Dylan (1964) The Byrds (1967)
My Blue Heaven Gene Austin (1928) Fats Domino (1956)
Night Time (Is The Right Time) Nappy Brown (1957) Ray Charles (1959)
No Quarter Led Zeppelin (1973) Tool (2000)
Not Fade Away Buddy Holly (1957) Rush (1973)
Nothing Compares to U Prince (1984) Sinead O'Connor (1990)
Oh Girl The Chi-Lites (1972) Paul Young (1990)
Oh Pretty Woman Roy Orbison (1964) Van Halen (1982)
Once Bitten Twice Shy Ian Hunter (1975) Great White (1990)
One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer John Lee Hooker (1967) George Thorogood (1977)
Only You Cues (1954) Platters (1954)
Paranoid Black Sabbath (1970) Megadeth (1994)
Piece Of My Heart Erma Franklin (1967) Big Brother & Holding Company (1968)
Please Mr. Postman The Marvelettes (1961) Beatles (1963)
Proud Mary Creedence Clearwater Revival (1969) Ike & Tina Turner (1971)
Quinn The Eskimo Bob Dylan (1967) Manfred Mann's Earth Band (1968)
Real Wild Child (Wild One) Johnny O'Keefe & The Deejays (1958) Iggy Pop (1986)
Reason to Believe Tim Hardin (1966) Rod Stewart (1971)
Red Red Wine Neil Diamond (1968) UB40 (1984)
Redemption Song Bob Marley (1980) Joe Strummer & the Mescalaros (2003)
Refugee Tom Petty (1980) Melissa Etheridge (2005)
Respect Otis Redding (1965) Aretha Franklin (1967)
Revolution Beatles (1968) Stone Temple Pilots (2001)
Rhythm of the Rain The Cascades (1963) Dan Fogelberg (1990)
Rocking In The Free World Neil Young (1989) Pearl Jam (live) (2003)
Roll Over Beethoven Chuck Berry (1956) Beatles (1963)
Rollin' And Tumblin' Muddy Waters (1950) Cream (1966)
Ruby Baby Drifters (1956) Dion (1963)
Sabbra Cadabra Black Sabbath (1974) Metallica (1998)
School Day Chuck Berry (1957) AC/DC (1975)
Sea of Love Phil Phillips (1959) The Honeydrippers (1984)
Shake Rattle & Roll Big Joe Tuner (1954) Bill Haley & the Comets (1954)
Shakin' All Over Johnny Kidd & the Pirates (1960) The Guess Who (1965)
Shapes Of Things The Yardbirds (1966) Gary Moore (1983)
Signs Five Man Electical Band (1970) Tesla (1990)
Simple Man Lynyrd Skynyrd (1973) Shinedown (2004)
Sleep Walk Santo & Johnny (1959) Brian Setzer Orchestra (1998)
Smokestack Lightning Howlin' Wolf (1956) Quicksilver Messenger Service (1968)
Smokin' In The Boys Room Brownsville Station (1974) Motley Crue (1985)
So You Want To Be A Rock 'n' Roll Star Byrds (1967) Tom Petty (1986)
Somebody To Love The Great Society (1966) Jefferson Airplane (1967)
Spoonful Howlin' Wolf (1960) Cream (1966)
Stand By Me Ben E King (1961) John Lennon (1975)
Statesboro Blues Blind Willie McTell (1928) Allman Brothers Band (1971)
Stay Maurice Williams and The Zodiacs (1964) Jackson Browne (1977 - Live)
Summertime Blues Eddie Cochran (1958) The Who (1970)
Susie Q Dale Hawkins (1957) Creedence Clearwater Revival (1968)
Sweet Dreams Eurythmics (1983) Marilyn Manson (1995)
T for Texas Jimmy Rodgers (1928) Lynyrd Skynyrd (1976)
Take Me To The River Al Green (1974) Talking Heads (1978)
Tainted Love Gloria Jones (1964) Soft Cell (1981)
Taxman Beatles (1966) Franz Ferdinand (2005)
The Air That I Breathe Albert Hammond (1972) Hollies (1974)
The Crying Game Dave Berry (1964) Boy George (1992)
The First Cut Is The Deepest Cat Stevens (1967) Sheryl Crow (2004)
The Letter Box Tops (1967) Joe Cocker (1970)
The Loco-Motion Little Eva (1962) Grand Funk (1974)
The Man Who Sold The World David Bowie (1971) Nirvana (1993)
The Tracks of My Tears The Miracles (1965) Linda Ronstadt (1967)
Think The "5" Royales (1957) James Brown (1961)
This Magic Moment The Drifters (1960) Jay & The Americans (1969)
Time Is On My Side Irma Thomas (1964) Rolling Stones (1964)
Tom Sawyer Rush (1981) Deadsy (2002)
Train Kept A Rollin' Tiny Bradshaw (1951) Yardbirds (1965)
Tuesday's Gone Lynyrd Skynyrd (1973) Metallica (1998)
Turn The Page Bob Seger (1976) Metallica (1998)
Turn, Turn, Turn Pete Seeger (1962) The Byrds (1966)
Twist And Shout Top Notes (1961) Beatles (1963)
Up Around the Bend Creedence Clearwater Revival (1970) Hanoi Rocks (1989)
Voodoo Child (slight return) Jimi Hendrix (1968) Stevie Ray Vaughan (1984)
War Edwin Starr (1970) Bruce Springsteen (1985)
War Pigs Black Sabbath (1976) Faith No More (1989)
We Can Work It Out Beatles (1965) Stevie Wonder (1970)
We've Gotta Get Out Of This Place The Animals (1965) Blue Oyster Cult (1978)
What'd I Say Ray Charles (1959) Jerry Lee Lewis (1961)
(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding Nick Lowe (1974) Elvis Costello & The Attractions (1979)
While My Guitar Gently Weeps Beatles (1968) Jeff Healey Band (1999)
Whiskey In The Jar The Dubliners (1967) Metallica (1998)
Who Do You Love Bo Diddley (1956) Quicksilver Messenger Service (1969)
Whole Lotta Love Led Zeppelin (1969) King Curtis (1971)
Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On Big Maybelle (1955) Big Star (1978)
Wild Night Van Morrison (1971) John Mellencamp (1994)
Wild Thing Wild Ones (1965) The Troggs (1966)
Wish You Were Here Pink Floyd (1975) Widespread Panic (2000)
With A Little Help From My Friends Beatles (1967) Joe Cocker (1969)
Without You Badfinger (1970) Harry Nilsson (1971)
Woodstock Joni Mitchell (1970) Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young (1970)
Wonderwall Oasis (1995) Ryan Adams (2004)
You Can't Always Get What You Want Rolling Stones (1969) Rusted Root (1998)
You Keep Me Hangin' On Supremes (1966) Vanilla Fudge (1967)
You Really Got A Hold On Me The Miracles (1963) Beatles (1963)
You Really Got Me Kinks (1964) Van Halen (1978)
You Shook Me Muddy Waters (1962) Led Zeppelin (1969)
You're No Good Betty Everett (1963) Linda Ronstadt (1974)
You've Got A Friend Carol King (1971) James Taylor (1971)
*Original or First Hit Version - In some cases the "original" version was a flop, and shortly after, a major artist recorded the song and had a hit, (especially in the 1950s & '60s). Most of these are the first "well known" versions of the song even if it wasn't the very first.

**Best Cover Version - Not necessarily "better" than the original hit, but the b
est of all the covers

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They been going since 1967 this is from 2017 :)


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hmmm I wonder what the "man" used the spoon for???


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