Top 100 Cover Songs and Remakes


Top 100 Cover Songs

The Top 100 list 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)

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 (Lotte 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 – Pseudo 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 Maytals (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 – Alien 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)