My Top 10 Favorite Cover Songs

Recently Rolling Stone posted a reader’s poll of the top 1o cover songs – you can view that list here.

The list was pretty decent, covering most of the stable cover songs – i.e. Hendrix’s take on “All Along The Watchtower,”
Jeff Buckley’s “Hallelujah,” and Johnny Cash’s haunting “Hurt.”  However, there are plenty of other great covers that aren’t as popular but are just as good, if not better, than the original.  So here’s my personal list, not in any particular order, and a video of each cover.

Heartbeats – Jose Gonzalez (The Knives)

 

Dancing In The Dark – Pete Yorn (Bruce Springsteen)

 

Wonderwall – Ryan Adams (Oasis)

 

River – Herbie Hancock (Joni Mitchell)

 

Such Great Heights – Iron & Wine (The Postal Service)

 

Romeo and Juliet – Matt Nathanson (Dire Straits)

 

Love Me Tender – Norah Jones (Elvis Presley)

 

Hey Ya – Obadiah Parker (Outkast)

 

I Hope That I Don’t Fall In Love With You – Hootie & The Blowfish (Tom Waits)

 

Imagine – Jack Johnson (John Lennon)

 

Any songs I left out?  Comment and let me know what your favorite cover songs are.

Brady is the founder of Headphone Nation. He’s responsible for all this mess. Sorry about that. He’s also on Twitter @BradyWGerber

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3 Comments

  1. Great choices. After hearing Ryan Adams’ “Wonderwall”, I haven’t been able to listen to the original.
    Other favorites: Pretty much any cover by DMB, but especially his covers of “All Along the Watchtower”, “Burning Down the House”, and “Exodus”. BEDlight for BlueEYES – “Jumper”. Counting Crows “Big Yellow Taxi”. Adele – “Lovesong”.

    P.S.
    Great Site Brady

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