Most singer-songwriters find their songs covered better than their own . Bob Dylan is one of those singer-songwriters where the band/artist love to cover his songs and some of them do a better job. There are few covers which really ruin the original, but here is my list of the top 10 cover songs of all time.
10 How deep is your love by Take That (Original by the Bee Gees released in 1977)
“How Deep Is Your Love” is the most covered Bee Gees songs. This song has been covered by many artists including En Vogue, Backstreet Boys, Michael Bublé and Kelly Rowland, En Vogue , jazz superstar Lionel Hampton, Tina Turner and the list goes on and on, but Take That’s acoustic version is undoubtedly the best.
09 Paranoid by Megadeth (Original by Black Sabbath released in 1970)
The first time I heard the “Nativity in Black” album, I was windblown by all the songs and bands featured out there. The “Nativity in Black I” was my favorite among the three. “Supernaut” — 1000 Homo DJs with Al Jourgensen was my least favorite for some reason. My best track from that album was Paranoid by Megadeth.
08 Hound Dog by Elvis Presley (Original by Willie Mae “Big Mama” Thornton released in 1952)
The first time I heard this song I definitely thought this was an “Elvis Presley” original but then I found out it was a cover. I am not a huge fan of Elvis Presley, but I couldn’t leave this song out of my my list of the top 10 cover songs of all time.
07 With a Little Help from My Friends by Joe Cocker (Original by the Beatles released in 1967)
This was my favorite song while growing up and was mainly because of “The Wonder Years” (the television series). My hair still stands when Joe Cocker starts singing those opening lines”What would you think if I sang out of tune” . What a voice and beautifully covered.
06 The Man Who Sold The World by Nirvana(Original by David Bowie released in 1970)
The Nirvana “MTV Unplugged in New York” is a must have album for any grunge fan. The band was joined by Cellist Lori Goldston, who added some beautiful parts to make the song a “master piece”. I wish I could put this song in a higher position, but it’s on number 6 in my list of the top 10 cover songs of all time.
05 Respect by Aretha Franklin (Original by Otis Redding released in 1965)
I really liked the Otis Redding version as well but Aretha Franklin really belted her vocal chords on this one. She sang the letters “R-E-S-P-E-C-T”, which is not present in the original song. Aretha Franklin is one of the top 10 singers and here she is at number five.
04 Nothing Compares 2 U by Sinead O’Connor (Original by Prince’s side projects, The Family )
I was kinda disappointed when I first came to know that Nothing Compares 2 U by Sinead O’Connor is actually a cover song. That doesn’t take away the brilliance of O’Connor’s vocals in this particular song. You can go to youtube and search for this particular song sung by Prince and you can actually hear the difference in the song when Sinead O’Connor sings it, as compared to Prince.
03 I Will Always Love You by Whitney Houston (Original by Dolly Parton released in 1974)
For the 36th Annual Grammy Awards in 1994, Whitney Houston won three awards which included Record of the Year, Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female. She missed the song of the year to “A Whole New World” by Peabo Bryson & Regina Belle.
I wish I could place this song higher on the list, but its on number three on my top 10 cover songs of all time.
02 All Along The Watchtower by Jimi Hendrix (Original by Bob Dylan released in 1967)
I like the Bob Dylan’s version of All Along The Watchtower better than the Jimi Hendrix’s one. That’s my opinion and others would disagree, but I think all of us will definitely agree that Jimi Hendrix really took this song to the next level with iconic guitar parts.
01 While My Guitar Gently Weeps by Toto (Original by the Beatles released in 1968)
Steve Lukather is one of the most underrated guitarist of all time. People speak of Santana, Eric Clapton, Jimmi Hendrix and IMO Steve Lukather is up there with the best of the best. In 2002, Toto released an all cover album “Through The Looking Glass” and when I got hold of it I was literally mind blown. “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” is the third song from the album and if you haven’t listen to it, GO BUY IT NOW. Steve Lukather is one of my favorite guitarist and you should definitely have a listen to his solo stuff.
I hate comparing guitarists, cause each one is unique and brilliant in their own way, but I will let you decide on whose version is better, Eric Clapton or Steve Lukather. The decision is yours.
Here is Eric Clapton’s version :
Here is Steve Lukather’s (Toto)version :