My Top 10 Covers of All Time

10. I Fought the Law – The Clash the_clash.jpg

Originally by The Crickets, and later covered by the Bobby Fuller Four, The Clash got hold of this song and added some attitude and it became one of their most popular tracks. It also made it more relatable for their fans, as it encapsulated a lot of the feelings of the Punk movement. Listen here: https://youtu.be/cLQJVKP3YlM

 

9. Walk – Avenged Sevenfold

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The brutal intensity of Walk by Pantera has never been captured as perfectly as it was by these guys, who are, it is safe to say, Pantera’s biggest fans. While their last album certainly left something to be desired, their cover of Walk is absolutely on point. Check it out: https://youtu.be/bTSbT-Gu00E

 

8. Express Yourself – N.W.A

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OG West Coast Hip Hop group N.W.A took the signature tune of Charles Wright and the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band and added some serious attitude. One of the few N.W.A tracks that Dr Dre. takes the lead on and actually pulls off, this song is notable for having significantly less profanity than most of their work, and is no worse for it. Give it a listen here: https://youtu.be/u31FO_4d9TY

 

7. Sweet Dreams – Marilyn Manson

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Marilyn Manson took the Eurythmics super popular synthpop single Sweet Dreams (are made of this) and turned it into a dark alt. rock anthem that would remain one of their most popular tracks, which is still getting airplay almost two decades later. Chck it out here: https://youtu.be/QUvVdTlA23w

 

6. Respect – Aretha Franklin

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Otis Redding absolutely brought the house down with the original version, but there is a reason Aretha Franklin is better known for the song. While Otis’ version is the tale of a desperate man trying to please his woman, Franklin’s version garnered new meaning with the Civil Rights movement, as well as bringing the image of a strong independent woman to the masses, a step in the right direction concerning women’s rights. Listen here: https://youtu.be/6FOUqQt3Kg0

 

5. Hurt – Johnny Cash Cash Hurt

While the original by Nine Inch Nails is a great track in it’s own right, this is the one that steals our hearts. By the time he recorded his version, Cash had been around for such a long time, seen and done so much, that the lyrics just had more meaning coming from him. This song is enough to bring the hardest man to tears, and there is nothing to be ashamed in that, because it is a truly hauntingly beautiful song. Give it a listen: https://youtu.be/vt1Pwfnh5pc

 

4. Where Did You Sleep Last Night – Nirvana

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A traditional American folk song first brought to prominence by Lead Belly, Nirvana really brought this song to a wider audience, and Kurt Cobain’s raw vocal really brings the pain and sorrow behind this song to the forefront, in a way that has not been done since Lead Belly himself. Listen here: https://youtu.be/mcXYz0gtJeM

 

3. Feeling Good – Muse

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Originally written for a musical in 1964, Feeling Good rose to popularity when it was recorded by Nina Simone a year later. Nobody saw it coming when Muse recorded it as a single for 2001 album Origin of Symmetry, and I doubt anyone expected it to be as good as it was. But not many have taken an already iconic song and truly made it their own, while still retaining the soul and beauty of it quite like Muse did with this monumental track. Check it out here: https://youtu.be/CmwRQqJsegw

 

2. Hallelujah – Jeff Buckley JeffBuckley

While Leonard Cohen did the original, and it has been covered time and time again, Jeff Buckley’s version is the one that has garnered the most critical acclaim, and rightly so. While the original is fairly dispassionate and monotonous, Buckley adds real soul and feeling to the track, immersing us in the emotion and feelings he was going through. Sadly Buckley would not live to see its success, as he died while swimming in the Mississippi aged 30. Check it out: https://youtu.be/y8AWFf7EAc4

 

  1. All Along The Watchtower – The Jimi Hendrix Experience

While Bob Dylan is undoubtedly one of the best Jimi Hsongwriters this world has ever seen, Jimi took this song, strapped on that upside down Strat and turned it up to 11. He made this song reach its potential, so much so that I didn’t even know this was a Dylan song til I was 12, I was convinced it was Jimi. Listen here: https://youtu.be/TLV4_xaYynY

 

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