Top Five Covers

Since I’ve been ripping on covers lately I thought I’d be a good hypocrite and post my favorite covers. Let me know what your favorites are so I can hate on them too.

1) I Will Survive – covered by Cake

2) Hallelujah – covered by Jeff Buckley

3) Sloop John B- covered by Relient K

4) Killing Me Softly – covered by The Fugees

5) I Fought The Law – covered by The Clash

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  • Cake’s version of “I Will Survive” is definitely awesomeness, recontextualizing the song for greater interest.

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  • Jeff Buckley OWNS Hallelujah.

    One of my favourite covers is what David Cook did to Billie Jean on Idol last year. You can’t get better than an emo rock ballad to make Michael Jackson palatable. I also think of the many, many, many covers I’ve heard of A Whiter Shade of Pale, Sarah Brightman’s is by far the most masterful (not that it’s a big shock, since she’s incredible).

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  • Tom Waits’ cover of Books Of Moses
    Demon Hunter’s cover of Snap Your Fingers, Snap Your Neck
    Stavesacre’s cover of Fascination Street

  • Adam Carrington

    “Smooth Criminal” by Alien Ant Farm. Nothing too spectacular, but catchy and had a quite vicious parody of Michael Jackson in the video.

    Jimi Hendrix “All Along the Watchtower.” So good you never realize he took it from Bob Dylan.

  • Kevin Max (Smith) released a few covers as well… My Sweet Lord (originally by George Harrison) and Save Me (originally by Queen) are fantastic.

  • I’ve always loved Stretch Arm Strong’s cover of “Express Yourself” (the one on the Too Legit… comp – definitely not the album version), and they did a pretty great job with “Angel of the Silences,” too.

    MxPx’s “Summer of ’69,” also pretty enjoyable.

    Copeland’s “Another Day in Paradise,” Evergreen Terrace’s cover of Hum’s single, “Stars,” and Starflyer 59’s cover of “Happy Birthday John” would all make the list.

    Oh, and finally, Save Ferris’ version of “Come on, Eileen.”

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  • Here are my Top 25, off the top of my head. They aren’t in any order save for the order I thought of them. (Scott, I also like “Come on Eileen” and “Happy Birthday John”).

    • Jonathan Coulton – “Famous Blue Raincoat”
    • Emiliana Torrini – “Ne Me Quitte Pas (If You Go Away)”
    • Jonathan Coulton – “Baby Got Back”
    • Fiona Apple – “Across the Universe”
    • The Bangles – “Hazy Shade of Winter”
    • Gary Jules – “Mad World”
    • John Coltrane – “My Favourite Things”
    • Soft Cell – “Tainted Love”
    • Cake – “I Will Survive”
    • Rufus Wainwright – “Hallelujah”
    • Charlie Parker – “Cherokee”
    • Israel Kamakawiwo’ole -“Somewhere over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World”
    • Ella Fitzgerald – “Mack the Knife”
    • They Might Be Giants – “Istanbul (Not Constantinople)”
    • Social Distortion – Ring of Fire
    • Toots & the Maytals – “Country Roads (Take Me Home)”
    • Jimi Hendrix – “National Anthem”
    • Eva Cassidy – “Time after Time”
    • Amiee Mann – “The Scientist”
    • Dave Brubek – “Blue Rhondo (a la Turk)”
    • Dashboard Confessional – “Jaime”
    • Joe Cocker – “With A Little Help From My FriendsGreat Heights”
    • Greg Laswell – “Girls Just Want to Have Fun”
    • Smashing Pumpkins – “Landslide”
    • Santana – “Black Magic Woman”

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  • Oh, yeh, and Rufus’ version of Hallelujah is undoubtedly the best one of the three.

    Also, I can’t believe that Johnny Cash’s “Hurt” slipped my mind. That might very well be my all time favorite cover.

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