Jimi Hendrix and the Beatles Top List of Greatest Cover Versions
Jimi Hendrix and the Beatles have both landed in the Top 10 of a list of the 100 greatest cover versions of all time. Hendrix hits No. 2 with his rendition of Bob Dylan's 'All Along the Watchtower,' while the Beatles stand tall at No. 7 with their take on the Isley Brothers' classic 'Twist and Shout.'
Popdose has assembled this list of the 100 Greatest Cover Versions of All Time, and as you can imagine, classic rockers are well represented as both cover-ers and cover-ees. Undoubtedly, one of the greatest compliments a songwriter can receive is to have his or her song covered.
Dylan takes the cake for the most covered artist, landing in the number two spot and three other positions on the chart. Prince is also royalty in this regard, taking three positions by his own accord and one more for a song he wrote for a band named the Family.
The Rolling Stones and Leonard Cohen also scored high, each getting covered three times. The Cohen track ‘Hallelujah’ is the only song to show up twice on this list, being covered once by Rufus Wainwright (No. 72) and once by Jeff Buckley (No. 4).
The Beatles go both ways here, getting covered by Stevie Wonder (No. 80) and Joe Cocker (No. 14) while coming in at No. 66 with their excellent take on The Miracles' ‘You Really Got A Hold On Me.’ George Harrison makes it to No. 32 with his version of James Ray’s ‘Got My Mind Set On You’ while John Lennon gets covered (No. 71) when Roxy Music take ‘Jealous Guy’ to a whole new level.
Iggy Pop, The Kinks, Otis Redding, Neil Diamond, Smokey Robinson and Simon & Garfunkel all get covered twice, with Otis taking the grand prize at number one with Aretha Franklin’s classic version of his song ‘Respect.’
Popdose's Top 10 Cover Songs of All Time:
10. ‘Hazy Shade Of Winter,' The Bangles – Originally performed by Simon & Garfunkel
09. ‘Sweet Jane,' Cowboy Junkies – Originally performed by The Velvet Underground
08. ‘Piece Of My Heart,' Big Brother And The Holding Company – Originally performed by Erma Franklin
07. ‘Twist And Shout,' The Beatles – Originally performed by The Isley Brothers
06. ‘Nothing Compares 2 U,' Sinead O’Connor – Originally performed by The Family
05. ‘Hurt,' Johnny Cash – Originally performed by Nine Inch Nails
04. ‘Hallelujah,' Jeff Buckley – Originally performed by Leonard Cohen
03. ‘(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love And Understanding,' Elvis Costello – Originally by Brinsley Schwarz
02. ‘All Along The Watchtower,' Jimi Hendrix – Originally performed by Bob Dylan
01. 'Respect,' Aretha Franklin - Originally performed by Otis Redding