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A cover version is a new rendition (performance or recording) of a previously recorded, commercially released song. The "original" version of a song is the one recorded and released to the public first. Therefore, a demo or an unreleased song does not qualify. Samples are not included but can be found here.

In this subject only cover versions that were the best known cover version or made it into the top 40 of the Billboard hot 100 or UK singles charts or equivalent success are included. For a comprehensive list of cover songs check out Second Hand Songs.

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99 Red Balloons (99 Luftballons)
   was covered by   
Goldfinger
2000. Originally recorded by Nena (1983)
After Midnight
   was covered by   
Eric Clapton
1970. Originally recorded by J.J. Cale (1970)
Against All Odds
   was covered by   
Mariah Carey & Westlife
2000. Originally recorded by Phil Collins (1984)
All Along the Watchtower
   was covered by   
The Jimi Hendrix Experience
1968. Originally recorded by Bob Dylan (1967)
All That She Wants
   was covered by   
The Kooks
2007. Originally recorded by Ace of Base (1992)
American Pie
   was covered by   
Madonna
2000. Originally recorded by Don McLean (1971)
American Woman
   was covered by   
Lenny Kravitz
1998; originally recorded by The Guess Who ( 1970)
Another Brick in the Wall
   was covered by   
KoRn
2004. Originally recorded by Pink Floyd (1979)
Backdoor Man
   was covered by   
The Doors
1970. Originally recorded by Howlin' Wolf (1960)
Beat It
   was covered by   
Fall Out Boy
2008. Also featuring John Mayer. Originally recorded by Michael Jackson (1982)
Behind Blue Eyes
   was covered by   
Limp Bizkit
2003. Originally recorded by The Who (1971)
Bette Davis Eyes
   was covered by   
Kim Carnes
1981. Originally recorded by Jackie DeShannon (1974)
Big Yellow Taxi
   was covered by   
Counting Crows
2002. Originally recorded by Joni Mitchell (1970)
Bird on a Wire
   was covered by   
Joe Cocker
1969. Originally recorded by Leonard Cohen (1969)
Black Magic Woman
   was covered by   
Santana
1970; monster hit from the "Abraxas" album; written by Peter Green with Fleetwood Mac (1968)
Blue Suede Shoes
   was covered by   
Elvis Presley
1956. Originally recorded by Carl Perkins (1955)
Can't Help Falling In Love
   was covered by   
UB40
1993. Originally recorded by Elvis Presley (1961)
Cocaine
   was covered by   
Eric Clapton
1977. Originally recorded by J.J. Cale (1976)
Comfortably Numb
   was covered by   
Scissor Sisters
2004. Originally recorded by Pink Floyd (1979)
Crazy
   was covered by   
LeAnn Rimes
1999. Originally recorded by Patsy Cline (1961)
Crossroads
   was covered by   
Cream
1968. Originally recorded by Robert Johnson (1936)
The Crying Game
   was covered by   
Boy George
1992. Originally recorded by Dave Berry (1964)
Crying in the Rain
   was covered by   
A-Ha
1990. Originally recorded by The Everly Brothers (1961)
Dedicated To The One I Love
   was covered by   
The Mamas and the Papas
1967. Originally recorded by The "5" Royales (1961)
Dedicated To The One I Love
   was covered by   
The Shirelles
1961. Originally recorded by The "5" Royales (1961)
Don't Stop Me Now
   was covered by   
McFly
2006. Originally recorded by Queen (1979)
Dreams
   was covered by   
The Corrs
1998. Originally recorded by Fleetwood Mac (1977)
Everybody Hurts
   was covered by   
The Corrs
1999. Originally recorded by REM (1992)
Everybody Knows
   was covered by   
Concrete Blonde
1996. Originally recorded by Leonard Cohen (1988)
The First Cut Is The Deepest
   was covered by   
Sheryl Crow
2004. Originally recorded by Cat Stevens (1967)
Girls Just Want to Have Fun
   was covered by   
Cyndi Lauper
1983. Originally recorded by Robert Hazard (1979)
Give a Little Bit
   was covered by   
The Goo Goo Dolls
2004. Originally recorded by Supertramp (1977)
The Great Pretender
   was covered by   
Freddie Mercury
1987. Originally recorded by The Platters (1956)
Green Manalishi (With the Two Pronged Crown)
   was covered by   
Judas Priest
1979. Originally recorded by Fleetwood Mac (1972)
Hallelejah
   was covered by   
Jeff Buckley
1994. Originally recorded by Leonard Cohen (1985)
Have I Told You Lately
   was covered by   
Rod Stewart
1993. Originally recorded by Van Morrison (1989)
Hazy Shade of Winter
   was covered by   
The Bangles
1987. Originally recorded by Simon and Garfunkel (1968)
Helter Skelter
   was covered by   
Mötley Crüe
1983. Originally recorded by The Beatles (1968)
Higher Ground
   was covered by   
Red Hot Chili Peppers
1989; originally recorded by Stevie Wonder (1973)
How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)
   was covered by   
James Taylor
1975; originally recorded by Marvin Gaye (1964); peaked at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on the Easy Listening charts
Hush
   was covered by   
Deep Purple
1968. Originally recorded by Billy Joe Royal (1967)
I Am the Walrus
   was covered by   
Oasis
1998. Originally recorded by The Beatles (1967)
(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
   was covered by   
Britney Spears
2000. Originally recorded by Rolling Stones (1967)
I Don't Like Mondays
   was covered by   
Tori Amos
2001; originally recorded by Boomtown Rats (1979)
I Fought the Law
   was covered by   
The Clash
1977. Originally recorded by The Crickets (without Buddy Holly) (1961)
If You Could Read My Mind
   was covered by   
Johnny Cash
2006. Originally recorded by Gordon Lightfoot (1970)
I Heard It Through The Grapevine
   was covered by   
Creedence Clearwater Revival
1970. Originally recorded by Marvin Gaye (1968)
I Love Rock N' Roll
   was covered by   
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
1981. Originally recorded by The Arrows (1975)
I Shot the Sheriff
   was covered by   
Eric Clapton
1974; originally recorded by The Wailers in 1973
I Want Candy
   was covered by   
Bow Wow Wow
1982. Originally recorded by the Strangegloves (1965)
Jolene
   was covered by   
The White Stripes
2004. Originally recorded by Dolly Parton (1974)
Journey to the Center of the Mind
   was covered by   
Ramones
1994; originally recorded by Ted Nugent and the Amboy Dukes (1968)
Knockin' on Heaven's Door
   was covered by   
Guns N' Roses
1991. Originally recorded by Bob Dylan (1974)
La Bamba
   was covered by   
Los Lobos
1987. Originally recorded by Ritchie Valens (1958)
Like a Hurricane
   was covered by   
The Mission
1987. Originally recorded by Neil Young (1977)
Like a Prayer
   was covered by   
Mad House
2002. Originally recorded by Madonna (1989)
Like a Rolling Stone
   was covered by   
The Rolling Stones
1995. Originally recorded by Bob Dylan (1965)
A Little Respect
   was covered by   
Wheatus
2000. Originally recorded by Erasure (1990)
Live and Let Die
   was covered by   
Guns N' Roses
1991. Originally recorded by Paul McCartney and Wings (1973)
Mandy
   was covered by   
Westlife
2003. Originally recorded by Barry Manilow (1973)
McCarthur Park
   was covered by   
Donna Summer
1978. Originally recorded by Richard Harris (1968)
Me and Bobby McGee
   was covered by   
Janis Joplin
1971. Originally recorded by Kris Kristofferson (1970)
Mrs. Robinson
   was covered by   
The Lemonheads
1992. Originally recorded by Simon and Garfunkel
Mr. Tambourine Man
   was covered by   
Bob Dylan
1965. Originally recorded by The Byrds (1965) but actually written by Dylan.
My Sweet Lord
   was covered by   
George Harrison
1970. Written by George Harrison but provided for prior recording by Billy Preston (1970)
Needles And Pins
   was covered by   
Smokie
1977. Originally recorded by The Searchers (1964)
The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
   was covered by   
Joan Baez
1971; peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100; lasting popularity; cover of The Bands hit
On Broadway
   was covered by   
George Benson
1978. Originally recorded by the Drifters (1963)
Paint It Black
   was covered by   
Vanessa Carlton
2002. Originally recorded by The Rolling Stones (1966)
Personal Jesus
   was covered by   
Marilyn Manson
2004. Originally recorded by Depeche Mode (1990)
Poison
   was covered by   
Groove Coverage
2003. Originally recorded by Alice Cooper (1989)
Proud Mary
   was covered by   
Ike and Tina Turner
1970; originally recorded by Creedence Clearwater Revival (1969)
Redondo Beach
   was covered by   
Morrissey
2005. Originally recoded by Patti Smith (1975). Written by Patti Smith, Lenny Kaye, Richard A. Sohl
Respect
   was covered by   
Aretha Franklin
1967. Originally recorded by Otis Redding (1965)
Ring of Fire
   was covered by   
Frank Zappa
1991. Originally recorded by Johnny Cash (1963)
Rocking in the Free World
   was covered by   
Pearl Jam
2003. Originally recorded by Neil Young (1989)
Rockin' Robin
   was covered by   
Michael Jackson
1972. Originally recorded by Bobby Day (1958)
Roxanne
   was covered by   
Fall Out Boy
2005; originally recorded by The Police (1978)
Shape of Things
   was covered by   
Gary Moore
1983. Originally recorded by The Yardbirds (1966)
Shout
   was covered by   
Disturbed
2000. Originally recorded by Tears For Fears (1985)
Smooth Criminal
   was covered by   
Alien Ant Farm
2001. Originally recorded by Michael Jackson (1987)
Somebody to Love
   was covered by   
Jefferson Airplane
1967. Originally recorded by The Great Society (1966)
Sound and Vision
   was covered by   
Franz Ferdinand
2007. Originally recorded by David Bowie (1977)
Statesboro Blues
   was covered by   
The Allman Brothers Band
1971; originally recorded by Blind Willie McTell (1928)
Summertime Blues
   was covered by   
The Who
1970. Originally recorded by Eddie Cochran (1958)
Sweet Child O' Mine
   was covered by   
Sheryl Crow
1999. Originally recorded by Guns N' Roses (1987)
Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)
   was covered by   
Marilyn Manson
1995. Originally recorded by Eurythmics (1982)
Sympathy for the Devil
   was covered by   
Jane’s Addiction
1987. Originally recorded by The Rolling Stones (1968)
These Boots Are Made For Walking
   was covered by   
Jessica Simpson
2005. Originally recorded by Nancy Sinatra (1966)
The Thrill is Gone
   was covered by   
B.B. King
1969. Originally recorded by Roy Hawkins (1951)
Tomorrow Never Knows
   was covered by   
Phil Collins
1981. Originally recorded by The Beatles (1966)
Turn the Page
   was covered by   
Metallica
1998. Originally recorded by Bob Seger (1976)
Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is a Season)
   was covered by   
The Byrds
1966. Originally recorded by Pete Seeger (1962)
Twist and Shout
   was covered by   
The Beatles
1964. Originally recorded by the Topnotes (1961)
Twist and Shout
   was covered by   
Brian Poole and the Tremeloes
1964. Originally recorded by the Topnotes (1961)
Twist and Shout
   was covered by   
The F-Ups
1988. Originally recorded by the Topnotes (1961)
What Becomes of the Brokenhearted
   was covered by   
Human Nature
2006. Originally recorded by Jimmy Ruffin (1967)
A Whiter Shade of Pale
   was covered by   
Black Label Society
2004. Originally recorded by Procol Harem (1967)
Who Do You Love
   was covered by   
Quicksilver Messenger Service
1969. Originally recorded by Bo Diddley (1956)
With a Little Help from My Friends
   was covered by   
Joe Cocker
1969. Originally recorded by The Beatles (1967)
Woman
   was covered by   
Ozzy Osbourne
2005. Originally recorded by John Lennon (1980)
You Can't Hurry Love
   was covered by   
Phil Collins
1983. Originally recorded by The Supremes (1966)
You Keep Me Hangin' On
   was covered by   
Kim Wilde
1986. Originally recorded by The Supremes (1966)
You Really Got Me
   was covered by   
Van Halen
1978. Originally recorded by The Kinks (1964)
You're No Good
   was covered by   
Linda Ronstadt
1974. Originally recorded by Betty Everett (1963)
You're No Good
   was covered by   
Van Halen
1979. Originally recorded by Betty Everett (1963)


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