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GREAT COVERS OF YOUR FAVORITE SONGS

For many an original song that they love cannot and will not ever be duplicated by a cover, but there are many songs that have been done equally (debatebly) well by others..

So do you have favorites?

 

What are your favorite covers of favorite songs?

 

 

Life's a Journey, not a Destination" Aerosmith
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@BeatleloverKT  -  That's probably because the MM version is the one that everybody knows, and isn't thought of as a cover. I don't remember hearing the Springsteen original, but that was a long time ago. LOL 😂   Fantastic cover choice!

 

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I will always love you, released in 1974 by 

Dolly Parton. Covered by Whitney Houston 

in 1992 for “The Bodyguard” I have always

liked Dollys version but Whitney owns this

song 🎼💜

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Smokin' In the Boy's Room - Brownsville Station cover by Motley Crue

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Here's another killer cover by Roger - - -

 

Don't Let the Sun Go Down On Me  -  Elton John cover by Roger Daltrey

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLQ6rpL_QLo

 

It's great to be here. It's great to be anywhere. - Keith Richards
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A few months ago I posted this comment and cover:

A lot of rock / metal / heavy metal singers have covered this, but most don't get anywhere near Paul McCartney's vocal ability to slay this song. This one gets pretty darn close . . .  

 

Helter Skelter  -  Beatles cover by Gillan

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-n9du7FSNVc

 

Now I'm adding this version by Roger Daltrey that he recorded for the album, The Art of McCartney. Roger kills it. But then he does that with any song he sings!

 

Helter Skelter  -  Paul McCartney cover by Roger Daltrey

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rvWtr9siA70

 

Roger Daltrey and Ian Gillan, along with Paul McCartney are my favorite rock singers of all time. As they say, they can sing the phone book and I'd listen. 😸

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U2 and Davy Jones singing "Daydream Believer"

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Annie Lennox doing Al Greene's "Take Me to the River"

With that beautiful voice, I'd follow her there too...LOL

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Robert Wyatt's prog rock version of the Monkees' "I'm a Believer"

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Dolly Parton's tender and simple version of the hymn "In the Garden"

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Dolly Parton's version of John Denver's "Thank God I'm a Country Boy"

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Steve N Seagulls cover of Thunderstruck by AC/DC

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Sting's rendition of the theme from "The Flintstones"

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It was actually in the rehearsals for Dream of the Blue Turtles, the band did it off the cuff to bust "Gordon's" onions. It was a crack up. The back singers sang it. 

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Never listened to much Disco, but:

KoRn did a good cover of Word-Up (originally by Cameo)

Red Hot Chili Peppers did a good cover of Roller Coaster of Love (originally by The Ohio Players)

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George Harrison's "Beware of Darkness" as covered by Ann Wilson

and Concrete Blonde 

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Jersey girl, 1984. Bruce Springsteen. This was

 a Tom Waits song, and was the B side to 

“Cover me” Can’t believe it was a B side, such 

an incredible song. One of my fav Bruce songs

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"I Think We're Alone Now"

originally performed by Tommy James & the Shondells, 1967

covered by the Rubinoos 1977

covered by Leni Lovich 1978 (English, German and Japanese versions)

covered by Tiffany in 1987 

covered by Snuff 1989

covered by Girls Aloud 2006

covered by Billy Joe Armstrong 2020

and about 20 other musical acts

 

I'm giving my props to Lovich's Japanese version

 

 

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Rock and Roll  -  Led Zeppelin cover by Stevie Nicks

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MNFtWJc0pS4

 

Killed it!

 

It's great to be here. It's great to be anywhere. - Keith Richards
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So, "Take Me Home, Country Roads" (John Denver) is a country song, right?  Or country pop.  The lyrics alone set it in stone; the song can't be anything else.  

 

Except, some musicians don't see it that way.  And these different flavors of the song show just how powerful it is, how it can stretch and morph into other genres, and how it can mean so much to people who live thousands of miles from West Virginia, have never tasted moonshine, have never met a mountain mama.  It flabbergasts me that such a geographically defined song can fit into so many genres.  

 

Artists of Then, Now & Forever  traditional version

 Russell Moore & Illrd Tyme Out  bluegrass version

Chase Eagleson  easy listening

Playing for Change  world music/blues shuffle

Anthony Riley Band  soul country

Nishida Hikaru  show tune

Erik Heartbreak rap

MickeyMontz hip hop

Fallout 76  heavy metal

G-Man reggae

Josh Sitompul Indonesian folk?

Mr Revillz surfhouse

Hermes House Band  dance

David DiMunio  rock

 Tragedy hair metal

Melodicka Bros electro punk

Swinky xylophone and ukelele

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John Denver's cover of the Beatles' "Junk"

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A Fleetwood Mac cover

 

The Chain - Toothgrinder

 

Woman-biting-chain

 



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It was really fine until the Judas Priest version of the chorus.

OK, not great. Lacks finesse.

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I was listening to Covers on Spotify this evening and I thought to myself, "Covers ... That'd be a good topic for the RnR forum!" But before I re-invethed the wheel, I searched and saw that the topic had already been created. It just isn't as active as some of the other ones, I guess. Anyway, here's a link to a playlist on Spotify of 70 songs (63 of them awesome, IMHO!) that you may enjoy too. Rock Covers from Spotify (CLICK THE BLUE) Playlist

 

Also, you don't need to be a member, you can listen for free. I do have a paid subscription though and that allows me to listen commercial free. I also have $10 less per month because of it but to me, it's worth it. 😊 If you're not familiar with Spotify, you might be pleasantly surprised at what you'll find there. Music, podcasts, even audiobooks. Have a look!



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Great list of songs, but I don't know many of the artists. I'll give it a listen sometime. Thanks!

 

It's great to be here. It's great to be anywhere. - Keith Richards
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Love of My Life  -  Queen cover by Scorpions

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mjep2QhhDW8

 

Beautiful tribute to Queen. Just Klaus and the pianist. Simple. Elegant. Classic.

 

 

It's great to be here. It's great to be anywhere. - Keith Richards
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Saw Bonnie 1st time, summer of '71 on The Common in Boston as a warmup for BB King and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band. I was just getting my own music career started. Been in love with her voice and slide work ever since. 

Appreciate you liking those two tunes. Think she kills it on both.

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I'm not especially a blues fan, but I like Bonnie Raitt. She's perfect to cover Jackson Browne songs, and Angel From Montgomery is a classic. Never saw her in person, but she's been on Austin City Limits several times over the years. Always enjoyed her shows.

 

It's great to be here. It's great to be anywhere. - Keith Richards
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John Prine had performed that song with several different women vocalists. You might have a look on YouTube if you want to hear some other versions. It's a beautiful son though, I agree.



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