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The Best Cover Songs

The Top 100 llist of songs that became better known when another artist later recorded it.
Sometimes, a fresh take on a song re-imagines to lyrics and music, sometimes, surprisingly, it can be better than the original.
Cover Song - New Artist (Original Artist)

Top 100 Cover Songs Chart

1. Respect - Aretha Franklin (Otis Redding)
2. Hurt - Johnny Cash (Nine Inch Nails)
3. Unchained Melody - Righteous Brothers (Les Baxter <& 3 others!> in 1955)
4. Hound Dog - Elvis Presley (Big Mama Thornton)
5. Last Kiss - Pearl Jam (J. Frank Wilson)
6. Girls Just Wanna Have Fun - Cyndi Lauper (Robert Hazard)
7. Twist and Shout - The Beatles (Isley Brothers)
8. With A Little Help From My Friends - Joe Cocker (The Beatles)
9. (Tie) Mack the Knife - Bobby Darin, Louis Armstrong (Lotta Lenya)
10. I Love Rock and Roll - Joan Jett and the Blackhearts (The Arrows)
11. Sea of Love - Honeydrippers (Phil Phillips)
12. Hallelujah - Jeff Buckley (Leonard Cohen)
13. Handy Man - James Taylor (Jimmy Jones 1960, Del Shannon 1964)
14. All Along the Watchtower - Jimi Hendrix (Bob Dylan)
15. Mony Mony - Billy Idol (Tommy James)
16. Venus - Bananarama (Shocking Blue)
17. Blue Suede Shoes - Elvis Presley (Carl Perkins)
18. Time Is On My Side - The Rolling Stones (Irma Thomas)
19. You Really Got Me - Van Halen (Kinks)
20. Blinded By The Light - Manfred Mann's Earth Band (Bruce Springsteen)
21. I Will Always Love You - Whitney Houston (Dolly Parton)
22. Route 66 - Depeche Mode (Nat King Cole)
23. Volare - Bobby Rydell (Domenico Modugno or Dean Martin 1958)
24. Tainted Love - Soft Cell (Gloria Jones)
25. Big Yellow Taxi - Counting Crows & Vanessa Carlton (Joni Mitchell 1975, Neighborhood 1970)
26. Black Magic Woman - Santana (Fleetwood Mac)
27. Locomotion - Grand Funk Railroad (Little Eva)
28. First Cut is the Deepest - Rod Stewart, or Sheryl Crow (Cat Stevens)
29. Mockingbird - Carly Simon & James Taylor (Inez & Charlie Fox)
30. On Broadway - George Benson (The Drifters)
31. What A Wonderful World - Israel Kamakawiwo'ole (Louis Armstrong)
32. House of the Rising Sun - The Animals (unknown)
33. Kiss - Art of Noise with Tom Jones (Prince)
34. Me & Bobby McGee - Janis Joplin (Roger MIller)
35. The Power of Love - Celine Dion (Jennifer Rush)
36. You Really Got Me - Van Halen (The Kinks)
37. Lady Marmalade - Christina Aguilera, Lil’ Kim, Mya and Pink (Labelle)
38. I Fought The Law - The Clash (Bobby Fuller Four)
39. Proud Mary - Ike & Tina Turner (Creedence Clearwater Revival)
40. Killing Me Softly - The Fugees (Roberta Flack)
41. More Than Words - Frankie J (Extreme)
42. Jump Jive An' Wail - Brian Setzer Orchestra (Louis Prima)
43. Axel F - Crazy Frog (Harold Faltermeyer)
44. Greatest Love of All - Whitney Houston (George Benson)
45. The Man Who Sold The World - Nirvana (David Bowie)
46. Across the Universe - Fiona Apple (The Beatles)
47. Another Saturday Night - Cat Stevens (Sam Cooke)
48. Smokin' In The Boy's Room - Mötley Crüe (Brownsville Station)
49. Car Wash - Christina Aguilera (Rose Royce)
50. Bizarre Love Triangle - Frente! (New Order)
51. Beyond the Sea - Bobby Darin (Roger Williams)
52. Nothing Compares 2 U - Sinead O’Connor (Prince)
53. MacArthur Park - Donna Summer (Richard Harris)
54. Mad World - Gary Jules (Tears for Fears)
55. Rockin Robin - Michael Jackson/Jackson 5 (Bobby Day)
56. My Way - Elvis Presley (Frank Sinatra)
57. Listen To Your Heart - D.H.T. (Roxette)
58. Soul Man - Blues Brothers (Sam and Dave)
59. He Don't Love You (Like I Love You) - Tony Orlando & Dawn (Jerry Butler)
60. Summertime Blues - the Who (Eddie Cochran 1958, Blue Cheer 1968)
61. Piece of My Heart - Big Brother and the Holding Company (Erma Franklin)
62. Hey Joe - Jimi Hendrix (The Leaves)
63. Rich Girl - Gwen Stefani Featuring Eve (Lady Saw)
64. I Swear - All-4-One (John Michael Montgomery)
65. Some Guys Have All The Luck - Rod Stewart (the Persuaders)
66. Got to Get You Into My Life - Earth, Wind and Fire (The Beatles)
67. Fever - Madonna (Little Willie John 1956, Peggy Lee 1958, Elvis 1960, McCoys 1965)
68. Barbara-Ann - Beach Boys (the Regents)
69. Woodstock - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young (Joni Mitchell)
70. It's My Life - No Doubt (Talk Talk)
71. Don't Be Cruel - Cheap Trick (Elvis Presley)
72. Pretty Woman - Van Halen (Roy Orbison)
73. Boy From New York City - Manhatten Transfer (Ad- Libs)
74. Hazy Shade of Winter - Bangles (Simon and Garfunkle)
75. Cherish - David Cassidy (the Association)
76. Torn - Natalie Imbruglia (Ednaswap)
77. Careless Whisper - Seether (Wham!)
78. How Am I Supposed To Live Without You - Michael Bolton (Laura Branigan)
79. Let's Stay Together - Tina Turner (Al Green)
80. Istanbul (Not Constantinople) - They Might Be Giants (The Four Lads)
81. Turn The Beat Around - Gloria Estefan (Vicki Sue Robinson)
82. Funkytown - Psuedo Echo (Lipps Inc.)
83. Red Red Wine - UB40 (Neil Diamond)
84. Whiskey in the Jar - Metallica (Thin Lizzie)
85. Sukiyaki - A Taste of Honey (Kyu Sakamoto)
86. I Heard It Through The Grapevine - Creedence Clearwater Revival (Gladys Knight)
87. Come Together - Aerosmith (The Beatles)
88. American Woman - Lenny Kravitz (The Guess Who)
89. I Will Survive - Cake (Gloria Gaynor)
90. Country Roads (Take Me Home) - Toots and the Maytalls (John Denver)
91. Do You Wanna Dance - The Ramones (Bobby Freeman)
92. California Sun - The Ramones (The Rivieras, among others)
93. Take Me To The River - Talking Heads (Al Green)
94. Higher Ground - Red Hot Chili Peppers (Stevie Wonder)
95. This Old Heart Of Mine - Rod Stewart (The Isley Brothers)
96. Smooth Criminal - Alient Ant Farm (Micheal Jackson)
97. Take My Breath Away - Jessica Simpson (Berlin)
98. Because The Night - 10,000 Maniacs (Bruce Springsteen/Patti Smith)
99. O-o-h Child - Dino (5 Stairsteps)
100. (What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding - Elvis Costello (Nick Lowe)
FYI   Blue Bayou by Linda Ronstadt = Roy Orbison's original and Birthday by Underground Sunshine is amazingly close to The Beatle's original version.

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