Cover songs have been a norm for a long time, fans post videos of themselves singing and modifying the original songs, singing the original songs in their own voice. Even adding few additional or new instruments into it. However, covers have never been limited fans and some of the greatest bands and singers have produced many cover songs that became even more popular than the original track.
Today, we compiled a list for some of the most popular cover songs that you must listen to. The list of top 10 best cover songs of all time includes cover songs that are done by ordinary people of some hit songs and in few cases, even got more popular than the original one.
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10. Since I Don’t Have You
Cover: Guns N Roses
Original: The Skyliners
“Since I don’t have you” was a hit single in the late 1950’s and is an ever green kind of a song by The Skyliners. However, after decades the song was brought into the limelight yet again by Guns N’ Roses. The Rock band added this song to their album, “The Spaghetti Incident.” Since I don’t Have You was the 18th single song by Guns N’ Roses and it managed to reach the 69th spot on the Hot 100. Meanwhile, it was among the top 10 songs in UK.
9. Pretty Women
Cover: Van Halen
Original: Roy Orbison
Written by Roy Orbison and Bill Dees, “Pretty Women” was released back in 1964 as a single by Monument Records. The song spent not one, but three weeks at the number one spot on Billboard Hot 100. Many greats have covered this amazing track but only a handful has done justice to it. One such name is none-other than Van Halen. Halen sang a cover in 1982 in their album Diver Down.
8. Blinded by Light
Cover: Manfred Mann’s Earth Band
Original: Bruce Springsteen
Released in 1973, “Blinded by Light” wasn’t as popular as it should have been at the time despite being an excellent track. However, 4 years later Manfred Mann’s Earth Band released a cover for Springsteen’s track which instantly gained attention from millions of fans. The song was a part of their “The Roaring Silence” album.
7. Summer time Blues
Cover: The Beach Boys
Original: Eddie Cochran
One of my most favorite songs is Summertime Blues by Eddie Cochran. For me, it’s a roller coaster of emotions and same is possibly the case for millions of his fans as well. The songs came out in 1958 and reached the number 8th spot at the Billboard Hot 100 during September of that year. 4 years later, The Beach Boys released a cover of Eddie’s track and once again fans fell in love with it. The Beach Boys’ album Surfin’ Safari featured this track in 1962. Carl Wilson, and David Marks were the lead vocals.
6. Hard Luck Women
Cover: Garth Brooks
“Hard Luck Women” was a highly popular track by rock band Kiss. It was the leading single from their album Rock and Roll Over. It originally supposed to be a track for Rod Stewart but Kiss deiced to keep it. While Kiss released it 1976, Garth Brooks sang a cover almost a decade later to bring the song back to life. Brooks was a fan of Kiss and worked on a tribute album for the band. Hard Luck Women by Garth Brooks was launched as part of that album (Kiss My Ass: Classic Kiss Regrooved).
5. Whiskey in the Jar
Original: The Dubliners
One of the best covers of all time is “Whiskey in the Jar” by Metallica. The song was originally sung by The Dubliners, an Irish folk band. Metallica sang the cover of it in 1999, which gave international exposure to this traditional song. Whiskey in the Jar cover was a part of Garage Inc.
4. Till There Was You
Cover: The Beatles
Original: The Music Man
“Till There Was You” cover was included in the “With the Beatles” album from The Beatles. It released on the UK in 1963 and in U.S in 1964 under the name “Meet the Beatles!” Many don’t know that this song was the only Broadway tune recorded by this iconic rock band.
Cover: Johnny Cash
Original: Nine Inch Nails’
Hurt was a song released on 1994 by Nine Inch Nails’ in their album “The Downward Spiral.” It was nominated for a Grammy in 1996 but unfortunately wasn’t able take the award home. Still, it is one of the best songs of its time. In 2002, Johnny Cash released a cover for “Hurt” as part of his hit album, American IV: The Man Comes Around. It is one of the most popular cover songs of all time.
2. Crying in the Rain
Original: The Everly Brothers
Crying in the Rain was original written by Carole King and Howard Greenfield, sang by The Everly Brothers in 1962. It was one of the best tracks of its time that reached the 6th spot at the U.S pop chart for that year. After a couple of decade, the song gained popular once again as cover by Norwegian band A-ha in 1990. Released as part of their album “East of the Sun, West of the Moon,” the cover was an instant hit.
1. The Man Who Sold the World
Cover: Midge Ure
Original: David Bowie
“The Man Who Sold the World” is a David Bowie classic. It’s covered by Richard Barone, Nirvana but the best one came from Midge Ure. The song was not only popular among music lovers, but recently it was featured in a multi-million-dollar AAA game called Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.