Top 10 Cover Songs
1. Jimi Hendrix – ‘All Along The Watchtower’
Released six months after Dylan’s original appeared on John Wesley Harding in December 1967, Hendrix’s version radically re-arranged Dylan’s acoustic original.
2. Johnny Cash – ‘Hurt’
It’s an unbelievably powerful piece of work. After he passed away I remember feeling saddened, but being honored to have framed the end of his life in something that is very tasteful.” Trent Raznor
3. Jeff Buckley – ‘Hallelujah’
Jeff Buckley used Velvet Undeground’s John Cale version as the basis for his stunningly beautiful version of the song on his 1994 LP Grace. The track wasn’t a single, but after Buckley’s tragic death in 1997 the song slowly started to become recognized as a classic.
4. Joe Cocker – ‘With A Little Help From My Friends’
The WoodStock performance became a key part of 1971’s Woodstock documentary, instantly turning the radical re-imagining of the Beatles’ tune into Cocker’s signature song. In the late Eighties, when the producers of The Wonder Years needed a single song to represent the Sixties, they went with this.
5. Nirvana – ‘The Man Who Sold The World’
After Kurt Cobain’s suicide the song became his, and the tale of a man who had the world and gave it away seemed eerily prophetic.
6. The Beatles – ‘Twist and Shout’
John Lennon’s raw sound is part of what makes the track so memorable.
7. The White Stripes – ‘Jolene’
The White Stripes recorded a snarling, feedback-laden cover of Dolly Parton’s song in 2000, and it was a highlight of their live show through their last tour in 2007.
8. Nirvana – ‘Where Did You Sleep Last Night’
A 1990 home demo of the song appears on Nirvana’s 2004 box set With The Lights Out, but the definitive version (with the screaming final verse) is on Unplugged.
9. Guns N’ Roses – ‘Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door”
Bob Dylan’s song was covered by everybody from Eric Clapton to U2, but in 1990 Guns N’ Roses recorded it for the Days of Thunder soundtrack and introduced it to an entirely new generation.
10. Muse – ‘Feeling Good’
Muse recorded a popular version for their 2001 LP Origin of Symmetry, which has recently gotten a lot of play in America in a commercial for Virgin Airlines.