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Top 10 Cover Songs

10. I Am The Walrus :: Styx

9. Come Together :: Aerosmith

8. American Woman :: Lenny Kravitz

7. Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds :: Elton John

6. Live And Let Die :: Guns 'N Roses

5. Blinded By The Light :: Manfred Mann's Earth Band

4. With A Little Help From My Friends :: Joe Cocker

3. You Really Got Me :: Van Halen

2. Knocking On Heaven’s Door :: Guns 'N Roses

1. All Along The Watch Tower :: Jimi Hendrix

You were tried to get Shatner's Lucy In The Sky... to make the list instead of voting for these next 5:

Turn The Page :: Metallica

Whiskey In The Jar :: Metallica

Ain't To Proud To Beg :: Rolling Stones

Helter Skelter :: U2

Hurt :: Johnny Cash

Interesting suggestions we heard while beating up the Shatner fan:

America :: Yes

Magical Mystery Tour :: Cheap Trick

Smells Like Teen Spirit :: Paul Anka

When Will I Be Loved :: Linda Ronstadt (the Shatner guy was shouting those last two)

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For her impassioned versions of the originals which (mostly) succeeded, I finally found a version of John Lennon's "Imagine" that I could listen to. That would be The Unknown Songstress of Washington, D.C., Eva Cassidy. She did a very interesting version of "Fields of Gold" and a spirited version of "Cheek to Cheek." (Then there's "True Colors," but that's another Blix Street release.) :afro:

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RonJon....At one time it would upset me when I had to bear through someone's cover of a Beatles song. To me their songs were sacred. Then I saw the Sgt Pepper's movie in the late 70's and when Aerosmith did Come Together I was quite surprised.

I still think covering a Beatles song is sinful with the exception of Come Together by Aerosmith. It is definitely one of the best covers of all time.

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I am such a fan of "I Am The Walrus" that I never thought a cover would fly. One day (when it was easy to download good stuff) I went and found about 10 different versions of "I Am The Walrus" and most were suprisingly good. I also found a recording studio rarity of the original song, stripped of all production and vocals. It was the drums, bass, and guitars....fantastic.

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Since this is in the "Classic Rock" forum, I'm wondering whether it's the song or the cover artist that has to be "classic".

Here's a swiftly concocted Top Ten of classic songs covered by punk/post-punk/alt-rock/new-wave (or similar) artists.

1) (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction - Devo

2) Dear Prudence - Siouxsie And The Banshees

3) Victoria - The Fall

4) Knights In White Satin - The Dickies

5) Sha La La La Lee - Plastic Bertrand

6) Heard It Through The Grapevine - The Slits

7) You've Lost That Loving Feeling - The Human League

8) Iron Man - The Cardigans

9) My Boyfriend's Back - Alice Donut

10) Sunshine Of Your Love - Fudge Tunnel

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A few more great covers:

  • "Signs" by Tesla (originally by Five-Man Electrical Band)
  • "Knockin' On Heaven's Door" by Warren Zevon (who was doing precisely that when he recorded his version for his last album The Wind)
  • "I Heard It Through The Grapevine" by Creedence Clearwater Revival (all eleven minutes of it)
  • "Every Little Thing" by Yes (originally by the Beatles; Yes's version appears on their first album)
  • "Superstition" by Stevie Ray Vaughan (originally by Stevie Wonder)
  • "Little Wing " by Derek and the Dominos (originally by Jimi Hendrix; Vaughan also did a pretty good version of this)

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