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    Best cover songs

    Had to do it. Sorry. (I searched and we have some cover sing threads but not one for teh bestest!)

    What are your favorite cover songs?

    I can't fault Johnny Cash's "Hurt" even though I like the original better.

    I really dig "Wonderwall" by Ryan Adams.

    "Lake of Fire" by Nirvana is another one that stands out for me.

    "Hallelujah" by Jeff Buckley

    There is lots of material to choose from here people.
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    Gary Jules, covered Tears for Fears "Mad World". I liked that one. It's a few years old now.

    Embarassingly, I've also always liked Brittney Spears' cover of "Satisfaction".
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    When I Paint My Masterpiece by Elliott Smith

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fll3SzLibHY
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    Simply Red: If You Don't Know Me By Now.
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    Heart covering - "The Battle of Evermore" by Led Zepplin

    Goo Goo Dolls covering - "Give a Little Bit" by Supertramp
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    Why don't you knock it off with them negative waves?
    Why don't you dig how beautiful it is out here?
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    Fear Factory version of "Cars" (Randy Newman).
    Foo Fighters version of "Baker Street" (Gerry Rafferty).
    Failure version of "Enjoy the Silence" (Depeche Mode).
    Fiona Apple version of "Across the Universe" (The Beatles).
    Delerium version of "Silence" (Sara McLachlin).
    Moby version of "Spin Spin Sugar" (Sneaker Pimps).
    U2 version of "Helter Skelter" (The Beatles, though the original is better).
    Fugees version of "Killing Me Softly" (Roberta Flack).
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    King of Wishful Thinking - New Found Glory

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BWGgLfW4hOc
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    This cover song is making the rounds today. I like it.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/0..._n_878150.html
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    WTF!! How could I forget "Hard to Handle" by The Black Crowes (Otis Redding)
    or "Dancing in the Moonlight" by Smashing Pumpkins (Thin Lizzy)
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    Reel Big Fish's cover of Take on Me (A-Ha)
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    Yes covering "America" by Simon and Garfunkel

    Cream covering "Crossroads" by Robert Johnson

    The Kingsmen covering "Louie Louie" by Richard Berry

    James Taylor covering "You've Got A Friend" by Carol King
    Oddball
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    Why don't you dig how beautiful it is out here?
    Why don't you say something righteous and hopeful for a change?
    From Kelly's Heroes (1970)


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    Broke parts take a little longer, though.
    From Electric Horseman (1979)

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    A couple of my favs

    Mariah Carey- Without You (Badfinger)
    Natalie Imbruglia- Torn- (Ednasnap)
    Florence and the Machine- You got the love- (The source & Candi Straton)
    Regina Specktor- Real Love- The Beatles
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    I don't think Aerosmith or Van Halen ever did a bad cover. In many cases, these bands' covers were better than the original versions!

    Aerosmith covered several Beatles songs, including "Come Together", "Helter Skelter", and "I'm Down". I don't think anyone ever has ever covered or ever will cover "Come Together" better than they did, even though it is probably one of the most covered songs of all time. And their cover of "I'm Down" is phenomenal...so tight and so rockin'. They do the Beatles great justice, while still putting a little bit of their own spirit into it. They also made "Train Kept a Rollin'" pretty much their own...some people don't even realize it's a cover. They also pretty much own "Rattlesnake Shake" and "Stop Messin' Around", songs they love to jam out to live that were originally done by the early version of Fleetwood Mac, back in the Peter Green days. Aerosmith was even able to take a stab at a Shangri-Las song, with "Remember (Walkin' in the Sand)", and did it quite well. The oft-covered "Cry Me a River" is a hidden gem on their 1982 flop Rock in a Hard Place, where Steven Tyler gives one of his most emotional and best vocal displays ever!

    With Van Halen, they covered a wide range of artists from Motown ("Dancin' in the Streets") to early rock ("Pretty Woman") to Linda Ronstadt ("You're No Good") to the Kinks ("You Really Got Me", "Where Have all the Good Times Gone"). And in every case, they take it home every time. I actually like Van Halen's versions of all those songs better than the originals now.
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    Easy ones...

    All Along the Watchtower - Hendrix
    Hey Joe - Hendrix
    I shot the sheriff - Clapton
    Any song that Dylan wrote but someone else sung
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    Covers

    "Knocking On Heaven's Door" - Guns'N'Roses (Original Bob Dylan)
    "Keep On Loving You" - The Donnas (Original REO Speedwagon)
    "New York State Of Mind" - Mark-Almond Band (Original Billy Joel)
    "Summertime Blues" - The Who (Original Eddie Cochran)
    "Some Velvet Morning" - Vanilla Fudge (Original Lee Hazelwood & Nancy Sinatra)
    "Happy Together" - Frank Zappa & The Mothers Of Invention (Original The Turtles) ***
    "Tired Of Waiting" - The Flock (Original The Kinks)
    "Nothing Compares 2 U" - Sinead O'Connor (Original Prince)
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    *** Can this really be a "cover"? A couple of the original Turtles were in Zappa's Mothers of Invention band.

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    Simple Man-Deftones
    Hurt-Johhny Cash
    Baker Street-Foo Fighters
    Behind Blue Eyes-Limp Bizket
    Kiss-Art of Noise/Tom Jones
    Peter Gunn theme-Art of Noise/Duanne Eddy

    I know, I'm a music geek for the last two.
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    Here at the Onion's AV Club they have a series called Undercover that gets bands coming through Chicago to come to their studio to do covers of sons from a predetermined list.

    It's in its second "series" this year (the first series started in 2010), and it is generally awesome and a great place to see well to little known existing and new bands.

    I think it's really cool, as well as the rest of the AV Club site.
    I'm sorry. Is my bias showing?

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    Quote Originally posted by imaplanner View post
    WTF!! How could I forget "Hard to Handle" by The Black Crowes (Otis Redding)
    or "Dancing in the Moonlight" by Smashing Pumpkins (Thin Lizzy)
    Don't forget the Smashing Pumpkins cover of "Landslide" (Fleetwood Mac)

    Quote Originally posted by natski
    Natalie Imbruglia- Torn- (Ednasnap)
    I like the original Ednaswap version SO much better! BTW Ednaswap's "Wacko Magneto" album is fantastic if you haven't heard the whole thing.
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    Just heard an Etta James cover of Purple Rain. Pretty awesome.

    Whose your planner- are you thinking of Shinedown on the Simple Man cover? I wasn't aware of deftones covering that song.
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    A few more:

    -Funkytown - Pseudo Echo (Lipps Inc.)
    -You Keep Me Hanging On - Kim Wilde (Vanilla Fudge; org. Diana Ross and the Supremes)
    -Wild Thing - X/Joan Jett (Troggs)
    -Walk Away Renee - Four Tops (Left Banke)
    -Venus - Bananarama (Shocking Blue)
    -Twist and Shout - Isley Brothers (Beatles)
    -Cupid - Spinners (Sam Cooke)
    -Lucy In the Sky With Diamonds - Elton John (Beatles)
    -I Only Have Eyes For You - Art Garfunkel (Flamingos)
    -Heatwave - Linda Ronstadt (Martha Reeves and the Vandellas)
    -Don't Leave Me This Way - Bronski Beat (Thelma Houston)
    -I'm Into Something Good - Herman's Hermits (Earl-Jean)

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    Five Finger Death Punch- Bad Company
    Nirvana- Lake of Fire
    Neil Young- Down by the River

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    Quote Originally posted by imaplanner View post
    Just heard an Etta James cover of Purple Rain. Pretty awesome.

    Whose your planner- are you thinking of Shinedown on the Simple Man cover? I wasn't aware of deftones covering that song.
    Yup, it's the deftones. It popped on Pandora. It has the deftones sound and everything.
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    Quote Originally posted by hilldweller View post
    Five Finger Death Punch- Bad Company
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    That also has to be the best music video.... ever.
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    Quote Originally posted by giff57 View post
    That also has to be the best music video.... ever.
    Yeah, I'll agree with you on that..

    I also like Kid Rock's cover of Feel Like Makin' Love

    Bad Company wrote some great songs, but their lead singer was too mellow for my taste. He sounds like a stoned guy on a couch.

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    Quote Originally posted by Whose Yur Planner View post
    Yup, it's the deftones. It popped on Pandora. It has the deftones sound and everything.
    It was off B-sides and Rarities. Shinedown did a ccover of it as well.
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