Top Ten Thursday: Cover Tunes

I’m a big fan of cover tunes. For those of you outside of the loop, this is when an artist performs someone else’s songs. There have been many classic covers out there over the years. I will attempt to list my top ten. These are all coming off of my iTunes music library…I’m a bit anal about the genre tag of my music, so I have a genre cover. I’m shuffling these covers and listing them below my top ten.

10.Billy Idol, L.A. Woman (The Doors)
9. The Corrs w/ Bono, When the Stars Go Blue (Ryan Adams)
8. Joe Cocker, With A Little Help From My Friends (The Beatles)
7. Cake, I Will Survive (Gloria Gaynor)
6. U2, Happiness is a Warm Gun (The Beatles)
5. Hothouse Flowers, Forever Young (Bob Dylan)
4. Matthew Ryan, Somebody Got Murdered (The Clash)
3. Guns n’ Roses, Live and Let Die (Paul McCartney)
2. Johnny Cash, One (U2)
1. The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Fire (Jimi Hendrix)

Cover Shuffle
Primus, Have a Cigar (Pink Floyd)
No Doubt, It’s My Life (Talk Talk)
Sarah McLachlan, Blackbird (The Beatles)
Whiskeytown, A Song For You (Gram Parsons)
Willie Nelson, The Maker (Daniel Lanois)
Ryan Adams, Summer of ’69 (Bryan Adams)
Sun Kil Moon, Ocean Breathes Salty (Modest Mouse)
Leo Kottke & Mike Gordon, Sweet Emotion (Aerosmith)
Shawn Mullins, What is Life (George Harrison)
Pete Yorn, Suspicious Minds (Elvis Presley)
The Magic Numbers, Crazy in Love (Beyonce)
The Afghan Whigs, Creep (TLC)
Johnny Cash, Southern Accents (Tom Petty)
Juliana Hatfield, Say It Ain’t So (Weezer)
Howie Day, Africa (Toto)
John Frusciante, Country Feedback (R.E.M.)
The Gourds, Gin & Juice (Snoop & Dre)
Keane w/ Faultline, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (Elton John)
KT Tunstall, Get Your Freak On (Missy Elliot)
The Soup Dragons, I’m Free (The Rolling Stones)
Coldplay w/ Michael Stipe, Into the Sun (Joseph Arthur)
Toots and the Maytals, Take Me Home, Country Roads (John Denver)

Links are to iTunes Music Store. Where song is not available, artist is linked. Let me know what you think.
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  1. You Forgot…

    Elvis Presley’s Suspicious Minds-Hothouse Flowers
    Paul Simon’s Only Boy in New York-Larry Kirwan
    Van Morrison’s Sweet Thing-The Waterboys
    Soundgarden’s Rusty Cage-Johnny Cash
    Daniel Lanois’ The Maker-DMB
    Van Morrison’s The Way That Young Lovers Do-Jeff Buckley
    Woody Guthrie’s Jesus Christ-U2
    Johnny Nash’s I Can See Clearly Now-Hothouse Flowers
    Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah-Bono
    David Bowie and Queen’s Pressure-Vanilla Ice

  2. Yes, everyone has their favorite covers. And everyone has their favorite cover of Hallelujah. Sweet Thing is an awesome cover from those Waterboys, it’s too bad those guys couldn’t work things out, but we did get World Party out of the split. One could do a whole list of Johnny Cash covers.

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