Best/Worst "Cover Version" songs?

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mad_cow1

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Amy Whinehouse - Valerie (The Zutons)
Jamie Cullum - Frontin' (Pharrell Williams)
KT Tunstall - Get Your Freak On (Missy Elliot)


Amazing :D
 
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Best:
Jeff Buckley- Hallelujah
Landslide- Smashing Pumpkins
Pearl Jam- Last Kiss
Lenny Kravitz- American Woman
Sheryl Crow- The First Cut is the Deepest
Van Halen- You Really Got Me
The Beatles- Twist and Shout

Worst
Carrie Underwood- I'll Stand By You
Sugar Ray- Abracadabra
Limp Bizkit- Behind Blue Eyes
Cartel- Wonderwall
Guns N Roses- Knockin on Heaven's Door
James Ingram- Lips of an Angel
 

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Any Me First And The Gimme Gimme song or Anyway You Want it - Rise Against.

I also like hardcore covers of traditionally slow songs, they are all awesome.
 

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superpoincare said:
George Michael's "Somebody To Love" is not only the best cover but the BEST LIVE ACT ever!
Say what you like about George Michael, the guy had range.
 

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I don't recall this being mentioned yet, (and I'm not about to backtrack through five pages), but I'm quite partial to the Red Hot Chili Peppers' cover of Stevie Wonder's Higher Ground.
 

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It probably doesn't need to be said....but I feel like it's missing from the list!
William Hung doing "Livin' La Vida Loca"!
 

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John Denver's cover of Mother Nature's Son. (from Rocky Mountain High)

I'll admit, The Beatles' version isn't one of their best tracks, but Denver's voice and the tempo (which is quite a bit quicker than the original) just strips the song of the feeling it had when you hear Paul singing it.
 

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For worst, I vote for "Comfortably Numb" as performed by Scissor Sisters. I like the Sisters, but that cover is horrific.

John
 

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I have to agree with many that Hendrix's All Along The Watchtower is one of the best.

However, there are a few other good ones as well....

Sex Pistols - My Way.

Cake - I Will Survive.

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BEST:

Jeff Buckley - Hallelujah

Deftones - Savory

Nirvana - Man Who Sold The WOrld

Worst:

Metallica - Turn The Page
 

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I heard the worst cover ever in my entire life last month. I was at The Family Values Tour 2007 show in Albuquerque when Evanescence took the stage (they opened for Korn, the headliners). Evanescence played a cover of The Doors song "People Are Strange." The cover seemed forced, awkward, and she used a standard piano instead of a electronic organ or something similar to what The Doors would have used.

I have to say that they really butchered the song and no one in the audience was reacting positively. I don't really care for Evanescence but they really butchered that song. Korn's performance of "Another Brick In The Wall (Parts 1, 2, 3)" blew Evanescence out of the water. I don't know which band member of Evanescence decided to perform that song (probably Amy Lee) but they ruined it. I also felt the same way whenever they performed a cover of Korn's "Thoughtless" as it didn't sound right with female vocals.
 

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Black Label Society - Whiter Shade of Pale (Procol Harum)
Not better but a good version of it none the less.

I like the Ataris - Boys of Summer

I really like the American series from Johnny Cash there were a number of good covers in there.

Thirteen - Danzig (J.Cash)

Four you Metal fans check out Children of Bodom's new release "Skeletons in the closet" (Cover album) ans look into Ten Masked Men

For fun albums check out a band called "Hayseed Dixie" bluegrass covers of AC/DC,Kiss,Led Zep there pretty good.

The Punk Goes albums are good for a few tunes each. The 80's.90's.and Metal are good and a Classic Roch is coming out soon.
 

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Lots of good choices already mentioned. Here are a few from my library I like...

Led Zeppelin...Train Kept a Rollin'
Led Zeppelin...For What It's Worth
Led Zeppelin...Nobody's Fault But Mine
Rush...Crossroads
Pat Travers...Just Got Paid
Stevie Ray Vaghan...Mary Had a Little Lamb
Joe Bonamassa...Steppin Out/Rice Pudding
The Dirty Mac (John Lennon, Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, Mitch Mitchell)...Your Blues
Keb Mo'...Big Yellow Taxi
Eric Clapton...Higher Ground
Buddy Guy and Keith Richards...Good Morning Little Schoolgirl
MIG...Can't Find My Way Home
Tab Benoit...For What It's Worth
Jeff Beck...Stratus
Jeff Beck...Superstition
Styx...One Way Out
The Honeydrippers...Sea of Love
Stray Cats...16 Candles
Joss Stone...Fell in Love With a Boy
Dream Theater...The Rover/Achillies Last Stand/TSRTSame
Aerosmith...Big Ten Inch (record)
Back Door Slam...Back Door Slam
The Donnas...Drive My Car
Santana...Black Magic Woman
Jeff Beck...'Cause We've Ended As Lovers
Tantric...The Chain
Frank Zappa...Whipping Post
Sophie Milman...Undun
Sophie Milman...Bye Bye Love
Diana Krall...Frim Fram Sauce
Diana Krall...Just the Way You Are
Allman Bros....Come on in My Kitchen
Metallica...Stone Cold Crazy
Robert Plant...If I Were a Carpenter
Ronnie James Dio...Dream On
Whitesnake...Day Tripper
Godsmack...Good Times Bad Times
Kid Rock...Feel Like Makin Love
Robben Ford...For the Love of Money
Norah Jones...Cold Cold Heart

Enough for now ;)
 

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I dunno the worst cover..but here are my favorite covers:

Don Omar ft. Cynthia - La Isla Bonita
Madonna - American Pie
Lady GaGa - Viva La Vida
Cynthia - Cynderella (Umbrella Cover)
Tyshae Tyshae - Paper Planes
Rihanna - Paper Planes
Artists For Haiti - We Are The World 25th
MTV All-Stars - What's Goin' On
 
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