Recommended cover versions


macrumors 68000
Original poster
May 4, 2005
New York
There is little doubt that there are many recordings that have been nicely covered by other performers, and two very good uptempo rockers come courtesy of Joan Jett doing "Fun, Fun, Fun" and "Hanky Panky." Please feel free to share your favorites as well.


macrumors G4
Jul 4, 2005
Jimmy Barnes doing Abba's "Dancing Queen"

Willie Nelson doing "Smells like Teen Spirit"

The Red Army Choir singing "Down Under"

I got heaps of them.


macrumors 65816
Sep 30, 2005
Scissor Sisters covering Pink Floyd's Comfortably Numb *ducks* :D

On a more serious note, some of my favourites are:

Jeff Buckley covering Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah
Faith No More covering The Commodore's Easy
The White Stripes covering Burt Bacharach/Dusty Springfield's I Just Don't Know What
To Do With Myself


macrumors 68000
Original poster
May 4, 2005
New York
Wilbert Harrison has an excellent version of Canned Heat's "Let's Work Together" and Trini Lopez does a good job with "Kansas City."


macrumors G4
Gosh, it's so much easier to come out with covers that are dreadful!

I was going to say Jeff Buckley's Hallelujah but Kernow got there first.

Madeleine Peyroux's version of Elliott Smith's Between the Bars is OK although it makes it into an entirely different song. Still prefer Smith's one though by a mile.

Jaffa Cake

macrumors Core
Aug 1, 2004
The City of Culture, Englandshire
The Byrds' cover of Bob Dylan's Mr Tambourine Man
Jimi Hendrix's cover of Bob Dylan's All Along The Watchtower
Soft Cell's cover of Gloria Jones' Tainted Love (although I much prefer the original)
The Clash's cover of The Crickets' I Fought The Law
Sid Vicious' cover of Frank Sinatra's My Way
The Jam's cover of The Kinks' David Watts

Plus I heard Elbow do a very good version of Destiny's Child's Independent Women once...


macrumors 65816
Sep 30, 2005
Jaffa Cake said:
Plus I heard Elbow do a very good version of Destiny's Child's Independent Women once...
On a similar note, Snow Patrol released an excellent version of Beyonce's Crazy in Love. It used to be on iTMS, but now appears to have been withdrawn.


macrumors Core
Jun 16, 2004
REM - First We Take Manhattan
- The Lion Sleeps Tonight

Lemonheads - Mrs Robinson

NIN - Get Down Make Love
- Memorabilia

Carter USM - Rent

NoMeansNo - Forward To Death

Napalm Death - Nazi Punks (F**k Off)

Manic Street Preachers - Bright Eyes

Blue Velvet

Moderator emeritus
Jul 4, 2004
k.d lang's album: Hymns Of The 49th Parallel consists of 11 very nice covers originally recorded by Canadian artists including Joni Mitchell, Neil Young and Jane Siberry.

After The Gold Rush
A Case Of You
The Valley
One Day I Will Walk
Bird On A Wire
Love Is Everything


macrumors G3
Aug 30, 2003
More fun ones.

Lemonheads, Simon and Garfunkel's "Mrs. Robinson"
Bangles, S&G's "A Hazy Shade of Winter"
Tremeloes, Cat Stevens' "Here Comes My Baby"
Beatles, Isley Brothers' "Twist and Shout"
Belly, Tom Jones' "It's Not Unusual"
Bobby McFerrin, James Brown's "I Feel Good"


macrumors 6502a
Dec 11, 2004
Johnny Cash - One
I was going to start a thread on this this morning but was busy procrastinating. The inspiration came from this. A very long read but some great tracks in there.
Jaffa Cake - I've got the Elbow cover of Independent Woman - it's hilarious. "how do you get down like that" in a thick Manc accent.


macrumors Core
Jun 16, 2004
Die Krupps - Tribute to Metallica

Metallica covering Nick Cave's "Loverman" is awesome!!!


macrumors 68000
Original poster
May 4, 2005
New York
Madonna's "Fever" can raise the temperature a degree or two. For a nice slower version of "Twist and Shout," there is the one by the Mamas and Papas. The Mary Jane Girls do a good cover of "Walk Like A Man" and Electric Light Orchestra is there with a major makeover to "Roll Over Beethoven."


macrumors Core
Jun 16, 2004
FadeToBlack said:
Yep, definitely. I like most of the songs on "Garage Inc."
I prefer Metallica's cover versions to their own songs most of the time!!


Staff member
Aug 16, 2005
New England
I've been meaning to start a playlist where I have covers and originals that I both enjoy. I particularly enjoy it where the cover takes on a different style than the original unlike many covers which try to sound too much like the original

A couple of my favorites from the 80s

The (English) Beat - Tears of a Clown (Smokey Robinson)
FGTH - War (Edwin Starr)
FYC - Ever Fallen in Love (Buzzcocks)



macrumors 603
The Indigo Girls do some pretty good live takes of "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee" by Buffy St Marie and "Tangled Up in Blue" by Bob Dylan on their 1200 Curfews CDs. I want to say "This Train" is a cover, but I'm not sure who the original artist is.

Of course, everyone does "Superstitious" by Stevie Wonder live in concert.

Anyone ever heard the Crash Test Dummies do "The First Nowell"? It's awesome!


Moderator emeritus
Mar 10, 2004
Bergen, Norway
Walk This Way - Run DMC feat. Tyler/Perry <-- The ultimate cover song ;)
Don't You Forget about Me - Billy Idol
Sympathy for the Devil - Guns 'n' Roses
Another Brick in the Wall (1-3) - KoRn
Nothing Compares 2 You - Me First And The Gimme Gimmes

Come on Eileen - Save Ferris
Never Tear Us Apart - Tom Jones with Natalie Imbruglia
Everybody Knows - Concrete Blonde
Born To Be Wild - The Cult
Down In The Park - Foo Fighters

Have A Cigar - Foo Fighters
Have A Cigar - Primus
You Can't Put Your Arms Around a Memory - Guns 'n' Roses
Word Up - KoRn
Like A Virgin - Lords of the New Church

Mad World - Michael Andrews & Gary Jules
All Along the Watchtower - Paul Weller
All Along the Watchtower - Jimi Hendrix
Jolene - Queen Adreena
The Passenger - Siouxsie & the Banshees

Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others - Supergrass
Beast of Burden - Bette Midler
Wild World - Me First and the Gimme Gimmes
Come Together - Aerosmith
Come Together - Soundgarden

Under Their Thumb ... Is Under My Thumb - The Boomtown Rats
Seasons in the Sun - Me First and the Gimme Gimmes
If the Kids are United - Die Toten Hosen
God Save the Queen - Motörhead
Mummy (from Rock'n'roll Wolf) - Poor Rich Ones

Baby it's Cold Outside - Tom Jones With Cerys Matthews
I Don't Wanna Miss a Thing - New Found Glory
Somethin' Stupid - Robbie Williams and Nicole Kidman
Smooth Criminal - Alien Ant Farm
Natural Woman - Me First and the Gimme Gimmes

Making Plans for Nigel - Primus
Mama Told Me Not To Come - Tom Jones & Stereophonics
This Wheel's On Fire - Siouxsie & the Banshees
Dancing Queen - Glow
Gimme Gimme Gimme - Sinergy

Johnny Was - Stiff Little Fingers
Mama Weer All Crazee Now - The Runaways

...did I mention I collect cover songs...? :p


macrumors 68000
glad to see "me first and the gimme gimme's" getting some nods. they're stuff never fails to put a smile on my face. i especially like " where do broken heatrs go", " i believe i can fly" and " mona lisa".

brad mehldua's jazz piano versions of radiohead's:
"paranoid android" and "exit music (for a movie)" are is his version of nick drake's "riverman".

elliot smith's cover of schoolhouse rock's "figure eight"
grace jones-'walking in the rain"
bobby mcferrin-"round about midnight"
donna summer-"macarthur park"
silicon teens-"judy in disguise(with glasses)"


macrumors 6502
Nov 16, 2005
in the southeast
lee ritenour's and Sting's versions of "a day in the life"

chick corea's cover of beatles' "eleanor rigby"

van halen - "you really got me" of the kinks

norah jones "cold cold heart" of hank williams

black crowes "hard to handle" of otis redding

santana "spanish castle magic" of jimi hendrix

the ramones "what a wonderful world" louis armstrong

naked eyes "always something there to reming me" burt bacharach

power station "bang a gong" t-rex

and a few more that escape me right now. i wanted to add madeleine peyroux cover of "between the bars" but applespider beat me to it. :)

as an offshoot of covers and in the age of digital recording, sampling is something that all self-respecting artists have done at one time or another, I guess the next thread should be: "name the best sampled work you've heard
so far"


macrumors Core
Jan 6, 2004
Tool - No Quarter
Deftones - No Ordinary Love
A Perfect Circle - Fiddle and the Drum
Alien Ant Farm - Smooth Criminal
Foo Fighters - Darling Niki


macrumors 65816
Mar 3, 2004
Canada's South Coast
Van Morrison's "Brown Eyed Girl" by Jimmy Buffett (Live is always best!)

Pulp's "Common People" by William Shatner (trust me, it's good!) :D

Don Henley's "The Boys of Summer" by The Atari's

Robert Johnson's "Sweet Home Chicago" by The Blues Brothers

...Great thread, rock on!


macrumors Penryn
Dec 27, 2002
Location Location Location
Ben Harper's cover of "The Drugs Don't Work" by The Verve.

Ryan Adams' cover of "Wonderwall" by Oasis. There are some ok covers, but one in particular (the slowest version where he talks right before it and (pretends) that he has never covered Wonderwall at that speed before) is amazing.

That's enough for me.