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Related: Culture Forums, Support Forums# Best cover of classic hits

I know, covers are heretical to purists.

List of decent covers:

Fast Car - Luke Combs

Original: Tracy Chapman

First Cut is the Deepest - Cheryl Crow

Original: Rod Stewart

Big Yellow Taxi - Counting Crows

Original: Joni Mitchell

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#### BOSSHOG

(37,367 posts)And brand spanking new: Every breath you take and Don’t let the Sun go Down on me by Dolly Parton from her Rock Star CD.

#### MaryMagdaline

(6,872 posts)#### TwilightZone

(25,673 posts)Yeah, I know it's not really "classic", but it's one of my favorite covers.

#### MaryMagdaline

(6,872 posts)#### dweller

(23,870 posts)is by Cat Steven’s , 1972

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_First_Cut_Is_the_Deepest

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#### werdna

(571 posts)'" "The First Cut Is the Deepest" is a 1967 song written by British singer-songwriter Cat Stevens, originally released by P. P. Arnold in April 1967."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_First_Cut_Is_the_Deepest

Credit where credit is due and all that.

#### TwilightZone

(25,673 posts)Kind of amazing, in hindsight. £30 for a song that would eventually be a hit for half a dozen different artists.

#### dweller

(23,870 posts)It’s a Cat Stevens composition covered by P.P Arnold in her release in 1967.

As the composer, Cat released his version as his original in 1972.

Credit is due to the composer …

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#### TwilightZone

(25,673 posts)On the album "New Masters"

You might be seeing the Australian version on Wikipedia, which was released in 1972.

#### dweller

(23,870 posts)My point was the original was Cat Stevens and not Rod Stewart

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#### MaryMagdaline

(6,872 posts)TBH I always thought the song was a little deep for Rod Stewart. Now I know why.

#### MaryMagdaline

(6,872 posts)#### TwilightZone

(25,673 posts)#### MaryMagdaline

(6,872 posts)#### TwilightZone

(25,673 posts)#### MaryMagdaline

(6,872 posts)#### TwilightZone

(25,673 posts)This is fun. I have a million covers.

#### MaryMagdaline

(6,872 posts)Keep ‘em coming.

#### From The Ashes

(2,636 posts)That's one of the few Queen covers I've seen. Freddie was a hard act to follow.

#### SarahD

(1,602 posts)Cover by Santana. Original by Fleetwood Mac.

#### MaryMagdaline

(6,872 posts)#### WestMichRad

(1,379 posts)… which quickly follows Santana’s Black Magic Woman (on the Abraxas album), is itself a cover of the original by Gabor Szabo.

Santana did both of them better than the originals!

#### MaryMagdaline

(6,872 posts)#### Wounded Bear

(59,038 posts)Original by Nine Inch Nails, who said it was Cash's song now.

#### TwilightZone

(25,673 posts)In my opinion, absolutely brilliant.

#### MaryMagdaline

(6,872 posts)#### chowder66

(9,213 posts)#### From The Ashes

(2,636 posts)That is an excellent version of the song!

#### SarahD

(1,602 posts)Big hit for Linda Ronstadt. Written and first recorded by Warren Zevon.

I would add Desperado by Linda. Or Allison (Elvis Costello). She had a tendency to take over a song in the best way.

#### OilemFirchen

(7,143 posts)her version omits this verse:

She asked me if I'd beat her

She took me back to the Hyatt House

I don't want to talk about it, hey

... and replaces it with this:

Down in Yokohama

He picked me up and he threw me down

He said, "Please don't hurt me mama"

Warren's twisted soul.

#### stopdiggin

(11,602 posts)has to be one of the most inane and infantile notions ever to be declaimed with a straight face.

Nothing 'purist' about it - just ignorant pretentiousness at it's finest.

#### stopdiggin

(11,602 posts)#### MaryMagdaline

(6,872 posts)#### unblock

(52,869 posts)#### Mr.Bill

(24,438 posts)then there's making it your own. An example would be With a Little Help From My Friends by the Beatles (tough band to cover) and Joe Cocker making it his own.

#### MaryMagdaline

(6,872 posts)#### Mr.Bill

(24,438 posts)These guys are damn near religiously dedicated to playing the Beatles' music with the intention of making it sound exactly like the original. You may recognize on bass Will Lee who played with Paul Schaefer's CBS Orchestra on the David Letterman show for decades.

The Fab Faux: (long but phenomenal)

#### dgauss

(893 posts)and then brilliantly expanding it.

#### patphil

(6,349 posts)#### Buzz cook

(2,477 posts)Ella Fitzgerald doing a "cover" of Mack the Knife. It was her version.

#### Bobstandard

(1,362 posts)Originally by the Regents

#### MaryMagdaline

(6,872 posts)Good one

#### TwilightZone

(25,673 posts)His cover of Nine Inch Nails' "Hurt"

Trent Reznor's reaction, in part: "Wow. I just lost my girlfriend, because that song isn't mine any more." and "different, but every bit as pure."

More on his reaction to Cash's version: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hurt_(Nine_Inch_Nails_song)#Background (DU link doesn't work, but copy/paste does)

#### MaryMagdaline

(6,872 posts)away and savor later.

#### hlthe2b

(102,979 posts)#### TwilightZone

(25,673 posts)Originally by Dee Dee Warwick

#### MaryMagdaline

(6,872 posts)#### MaryMagdaline

(6,872 posts)#### spooky3

(34,695 posts)#### TwilightZone

(25,673 posts)Live at the White House in 2010.

#### MaryMagdaline

(6,872 posts)#### TwilightZone

(25,673 posts)#### MaryMagdaline

(6,872 posts)#### chowder66

(9,213 posts)Thank you! I miss him always.

#### patphil

(6,349 posts)#### TwilightZone

(25,673 posts)Originally by Otis Redding.

25th Anniversary of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

#### MaryMagdaline

(6,872 posts)My two home towns -Detroit (birth)

Macon (upbringing)

Detroit for the win!

#### Sneederbunk

(14,407 posts)#### MaryMagdaline

(6,872 posts)#### NotASurfer

(2,176 posts)Cover: Tommy Emmanuel (who apparently is just having a blast, riffing into Elton John briefly around 2:30 in)

Original Grammy winner: Mason Williams

Me, now I'm doubling back to check out Fat Bottomed Girls. In this thread. The cover. Y'all knew what I meant.

#### TwilightZone

(25,673 posts)Rick Beato of YouTube fame calls him the world's best acoustic guitarist.

#### MaryMagdaline

(6,872 posts)#### Mr.Bill

(24,438 posts)Covered by Joe Cocker.

Just about any Bob Dylan song done by anyone but Bob Dylan.

#### MaryMagdaline

(6,872 posts)And yes to Bob Dylan

#### TwilightZone

(25,673 posts)It's way better than it has any right to be.

#### MaryMagdaline

(6,872 posts)#### AZSkiffyGeek

(11,358 posts)With Bootsy!

#### TwilightZone

(25,673 posts)#### MaryMagdaline

(6,872 posts)#### Beausoleil

(2,887 posts)She is an amazing "cover" artist and many have covered this song, but hers is the best, IMO.

With Buddy Miller's band:

#### MaryMagdaline

(6,872 posts)#### NBachers

(17,313 posts)#### MaryMagdaline

(6,872 posts)#### NBachers

(17,313 posts)#### MaryMagdaline

(6,872 posts)#### NBachers

(17,313 posts)period pop phenomena. I like their cover of a more recent song, Brittany Spears' Toxic:

#### DBoon

(22,520 posts)#### DBoon

(22,520 posts)original by Al Green

#### TwilightZone

(25,673 posts)#### MaryMagdaline

(6,872 posts)#### MaryMagdaline

(6,872 posts)The Weight - Aretha Franklin

Original - The Band

I Will Always Love You -Whitney Houston

Original - Dolly Parton

#### TwilightZone

(25,673 posts)And my apologies for spamming it. haha

This has been really fun -- the most fun I've had here in a long time. Sometimes it's the simple things in life....

#### MaryMagdaline

(6,872 posts)Love to hear new versions of old stuff

#### lastlib

(23,614 posts)...like Jimi Hendrix. No one. (And HIS version is a cover of Bob Dylan's.) But a few years ago, I heard the recently departed Melanie (Safka), author of the roller skate song we all know and (mostly) detest, do her version of it, and it flat-out KNOCKED my SOCKS off! It was incredible! It was played on satellite radio that one single time, and sadly, I haven't heard it since. And I cannot find it ANYWHERE on the internet!

It's not quite on a par with Hendrix' version, but it's DAMN close! I really wish I could find it and hear it again!

#### MaryMagdaline

(6,872 posts)Was anyone better on vinyl???

Would love to hear that version if it ever pops up

#### AZSkiffyGeek

(11,358 posts)#### MaryMagdaline

(6,872 posts)#### A HERETIC I AM

(24,409 posts)#### MaryMagdaline

(6,872 posts)Artists rocking to their own song

#### patphil

(6,349 posts)#### TwilightZone

(25,673 posts)#### TwilightZone

(25,673 posts)#### AZSkiffyGeek

(11,358 posts)Grace Jones…

Siouxsie & the Banshees

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And of course, David Bowie

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#### TwilightZone

(25,673 posts)#### MaryMagdaline

(6,872 posts)#### TwilightZone

(25,673 posts)#### MaryMagdaline

(6,872 posts)#### TwilightZone

(25,673 posts)...and Gary Numan.

#### MaryMagdaline

(6,872 posts)#### flying_wahini

(6,854 posts)[link:

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#### MaryMagdaline

(6,872 posts)It’s European feel - so different (despite the backwards ball cap)

#### TwilightZone

(25,673 posts)Ok, I'm done for tonight.

#### Skittles

(153,892 posts)Lemonheads

#### MaryMagdaline

(6,872 posts)#### TwilightZone

(25,673 posts)I have a fondness for pop-punk/alt-rock covers.

#### MaryMagdaline

(6,872 posts)#### VGNonly

(7,561 posts)[link:

|#### Permanut

(5,866 posts)The Animals cover, first recorded in1933 by Clarence Ashley and Gwen Foster.

#### MaryMagdaline

(6,872 posts)#### consider_this

(2,239 posts)#### MaryMagdaline

(6,872 posts)#### Buzz cook

(2,477 posts)Easily the best version of the song.

#### spooky3

(34,695 posts)Better than the original.

#### Tarzanrock

(128 posts)Gut wrenching performance of a gut wrenching song.

A transcendent performance for the ages.

#### Niagara

(7,999 posts)Original by Adele.

#### MaryMagdaline

(6,872 posts)#### Niagara

(7,999 posts)Original by David Bowie

#### Niagara

(7,999 posts)Original Dolly Parton

#### Niagara

(7,999 posts)Original Depeche Mode

#### highplainsdem

(49,401 posts)#### highplainsdem

(49,401 posts)#### AKwannabe

(5,752 posts)Chris Cornell covered. I love every one of them better than the originals.

#### Ferrets are Cool

(21,148 posts)A great cover of the Springstein song that almost no one gets the lyrics correct.

#### TwilightZone

(25,673 posts)Has to be the full version, though. The shorter (single) version just isn't the same.

#### MaryMagdaline

(6,872 posts)#### Drum

(9,289 posts)And also The Zombies’ “She’s Not There”

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#### MaryMagdaline

(6,872 posts)#### Coventina

(27,292 posts)#### Paladin

(28,393 posts)Del Shannon did the original.

#### CelticCrow

(63 posts)This is one of my favorite covers, I love David Draimon's voice and how it continues to build through the song.

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#### MaryMagdaline

(6,872 posts)#### JudyM

(29,402 posts)Neil in a moment of heartfelt prayer:

My vote for best cover (eyes closed to fully feel it) :

#### MaryMagdaline

(6,872 posts)#### hlthe2b

(102,979 posts)Paramount Plus started playing this cover of "Go Your Own WAY" with a singer called Lissie. I actually REALLY like it (but still loyal to you, Queen Stevie...LOL )

The actual ad can be seen here:

https://www.ispot.tv/ad/5KX_/paramount-with-showtime-stream-your-own-way

#### MaryMagdaline

(6,872 posts)#### JudyM

(29,402 posts)Her first verse was true to the original, fun to watch.

My favorite Stevie performance, she *is *a queen…:

#### TwilightZone

(25,673 posts)Perfect example of making a song your own.

#### TwilightZone

(25,673 posts)Originally performed by Gloria Jones in 1964.

And the Soft Cell version:

#### MaryMagdaline

(6,872 posts)#### TwilightZone

(25,673 posts)#### TwilightZone

(25,673 posts)#### MaryMagdaline

(6,872 posts)#### TwilightZone

(25,673 posts)Brendon Urie can sign.

#### TwilightZone

(25,673 posts)#### MaryMagdaline

(6,872 posts)#### TwilightZone

(25,673 posts)#### OilemFirchen

(7,143 posts)... and Lawrence's unattributed cover of Sly's cover:

... or The Pixies' cover of absolutely nobody's cover:

#### MaryMagdaline

(6,872 posts)#### TwilightZone

(25,673 posts)#### MaryMagdaline

(6,872 posts)#### TwilightZone

(25,673 posts)#### TwilightZone

(25,673 posts)#### brewens

(13,873 posts)got a CD player. I held out until the price went down. It was still $100.

I bought many other CDs soon, but this was the one band I loved that had a new one out at the time.

#### marble falls

(58,677 posts)#### brewens

(13,873 posts)#### Best_man23

(4,942 posts)Remake of the Crosby, Stills, & Nash hit. Was part of the soundtrack for the film Steal This Movie.

#### MaryMagdaline

(6,872 posts)#### WestMichRad

(1,379 posts)Cover of the Guns ‘n’ Roses hit… great arrangement and vocals!

#### TwilightZone

(25,673 posts)#### MaryMagdaline

(6,872 posts)#### TwilightZone

(25,673 posts)#### TwilightZone

(25,673 posts)You've been....

#### MaryMagdaline

(6,872 posts)#### TwilightZone

(25,673 posts)#### MaryMagdaline

(6,872 posts)#### TwilightZone

(25,673 posts)haha

#### rogerballard

(3,010 posts)#### MaryMagdaline

(6,872 posts)#### patphil

(6,349 posts)#### TwilightZone

(25,673 posts)#### MaryMagdaline

(6,872 posts)#### patphil

(6,349 posts)#### patphil

(6,349 posts)#### patphil

(6,349 posts)Yeah, I know she wrote it, but everyone sees it as a CSNY song.

#### spooky3

(34,695 posts)I think she recorded it before they did.

#### patphil

(6,349 posts)It's a toss up as to who was first.

#### spooky3

(34,695 posts)A performer writes a song that is then recorded by a performer, versus a singer-songwriter who performed her own work.

In the case of Joni Mitchell, she was seeing Graham Nash at the time. I’m sure he heard her sing it before CSNY sang it. She didn’t cover her own song; she is the originator. No question that CSNY’s version sold more records.

#### patphil

(6,349 posts)#### MaryMagdaline

(6,872 posts)#### ProfessorGAC

(66,103 posts)..."First Cut..." was covered by Rod. Cat Steven's wrote it and recorded it 10 years before Rod recorded his version.

And, in the early 70s, P.P. Arnold had a big UK hit with it.

So, by the time Rod did it, it was the third generation cover.

I do like the Counting Crows version of Big Yellow Taxi, but I have a fondness for Counting Crows, so I'm biased. As a gigantic & long(!) time Joni fan, my wife may differ!

My best cover nominee is:

#### patphil

(6,349 posts)My daughter told me about this one.

#### TwilightZone

(25,673 posts)They're both pretty amazing.

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#### ms liberty

(8,702 posts)A Ronnie Montrose band and a really good album. This album also has one of my favorite album covers:

#### Brother Buzz

(36,565 posts)It helped that Jake and Elwood had wickedly good top tier session players backing them (Plus the cameo appearances didn't hurt)

#### TwilightZone

(25,673 posts)Glaucio Cristelo

#### TwilightZone

(25,673 posts)Gotta get up...

#### TwilightZone

(25,673 posts)Let him go!

#### justaprogressive

(2,305 posts)Wilson Pickett's "Hey Jude" (with Duane Allman)

Dread Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love"

#### malthaussen

(17,307 posts)I suppose it depends on what one considers a "cover." Prior to the 60s, it was usual for several different artists to record the same song almost simultaneously; at one point there were five versions of the same song in Britain's Top 40. So while Elvis's "Hound Dog" did come after Big Mama Thornton's, whether it was a cover or not can be argued.

Also, the Beatles's "Twist and Shout" is superior to the original, IMO. And that is unquestionably a cover.

-- Mal

#### Hotler

(11,593 posts)Hey Joe; Otos Taylor band.

The Sky is Crying; B. B. Coleman

The blues ain't meant to be described, it's meant to be traveled, it's the scars on your heart, it's the hole in your soul.

#### TwilightZone

(25,673 posts)Great band name.

#### TwilightZone

(25,673 posts)Written by Rudy Toombs and recorded by Amos Milburn in 1953!

The John Lee Hooker version is also good:

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