Monday, February 9, 2009

Best Covers

What artists own their cover songs?

OK, this is something that has been kicking around in my head for a while now….

Lots of bands have done covers, but which ones did them better than the originals…?

I don’t expect anyone to agree with this list, I’m just throwing it against the wall and hoping that it doesn’t kill anyone…

#10
The Lemonheads, Mrs. Robinson

Remember, I said that I didn’t expect anyone to agree with my list!!!! I like the tempo, I think it works better.

#9
The Byrds, Mr. Tambourine Man

I’ll bet you didn’t know that it’s a Bob Dylan song…(Seriously…, Bob Dylan songs are almost their own category in this.) I even like William Shatners version… especially when he has a nervous breakdown at the end.

#8
Elvis Presley, Hound Dog

Written by Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller, Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton was the first to record it in 1952..., but come on now!!! The King owns it!!

#7
Dynamite Hack, Boyz in the Hood

I can’t even explain how hard I laughed the first time I heard it…. Just for that, it makes the list.

#6
Faith No More, War Pigs

I know I’ll catch a rash of s**t for this one, but I stand by it… It’s better… Ozzy be praised.

#5
The Beatles, Twist and Shout

When you hear this song mentioned, how often do you think…. Isley Brothers.
The Beatles own it

#4
Sinead O'Connor, Nothing Compares 2 U

Maybe this one isn’t fair…. But a fist fight between Sinead O’Connor and Prince is too good to pass up.

#3
Marvin Gaye, Heard it Through the Grapevine

I know what you’re thinking… CCR is great on this one, but I didn’t make a mistake.

Gladys Knight and the Pips did it first.

#2
Cowboy Junkies, Sweet Jane

This list would be seriously flawed if the Cowboy Junkies were not on it… The Trinity session album is just beautiful.

#1
Jimi Hendrix, All along the Watchtower

Like I said before, Bob Dylan is fertile ground for covers… This one is the best.

2 comments:

Lori said...

Good list! Sinead could totally take Prince, no question. I would put Cowboy Junkies' Sweet Jane as #1, but I'm going to let that slide...

Sully said...

She said that he packed quite a punch...

I think he won round one. He had intended the song for another female artist and got quite peeved that Sinead recorded it.

There are a bunch of Cowboy Junkies covers that could have made the list.