Because some cover songs are actually really good!
10. Feeling Good – Muse
When Muse were due to sing this live on the BBC in 2001 they were asked not to swear. Lead singer Matt Bellamy took offence (mainly because Muse songs don’t really have any swearing anyway) and to prove a point ad libbed a Fuck Fest right in the middle of their performance. Watch it here.
9. Sweet Dreams – Marilyn Manson
I honestly think the strength of this song mainly lays in how good the original is (by The Eurythmics) than Manson’s musical genius, but the dark, rocky sound really suits it. Apparently Manson got the idea for the cover after being on an acid trip and ‘seeing’ himself sing it.
8. Step On – The Happy Mondays
I have had so many good times to this song and yes they mainly involved beer. Hardly anyone (my age) realises it’s a cover anyway but it was originally sung by John Kongos and called He’s Gonna Step On You Again.
7. Hotel California – Gipsy Kings
I honestly, literally cannot hear the intro of this song without also hearing Walter from The Big Lebowski sulkily stating “eight year olds dude”. Not better than the original but a bloody great song in its own right.
6. Don’t Leave Me This Way – The Communards
Originally by Harold Melvin & the Bluenotes, this cover encapsulates what the 80s were really all about. A great party song and so very camp too, I love it.
5. Jealous Guy – Roxy Music
I genuinely prefer this to the original written by John Lennon. In fact I’m sure when I was younger someone actually had to explain to me that John Lennon was the person who wrote and performed it first. Of course it helps that Bryan Ferry is such a cool motherfucker but kudos still to Lennon because the lyrics are genius.
4. Girl, You’ll be a Woman Soon – Urge Overkill
Yep, I only know this because of Mia Wallace in Pulp Fiction. I like the original by Neil Diamond but the Urge Overkill version is a lot meatier and now when I listen to the Neil Diamond version it doesn’t really sound….meaty enough. I do prefer this cover though their voices are remarkably similar.
3. Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood – Santa Esmeralda
Oh-my-god-another-cover-song-found-in-a-Quentin-Tarantino-movie (Kill Bill Volume 1). It’s almost a cover of a cover because the version most of us know well is the one by The Animals (which is also great) but actually, originally – this was a Nina Simone song. I really love the dramatic feel and the overly long intro is just super.
2. California Dreamin’ – Bobby Womack
Another cover that I prefer to the original. Bobby Womack’s version of California Dreamin’ can only really be described as Sexual Pleasure for the Ears. Apparently it played in the second series of Fargo (haven’t watched it) so like, everyone knows it now. But if you haven’t heard it and only want to click on one link today – make it this one.
1. Tainted Love – Soft Cell
If ever there was a single song in the world guaranteed to get me dancing, every single time – even when I’m tired, nauseous, bored and gagging for a kebab – it’s Tainted Love. BEST COVER SONG EVER.
How Can You Mend a Broken Heart – Al Green (The Bee Gees), Always On my Mind – Pet Shop Boys (Elvis), All Along the Watchtower – Jimi Hendrix (Bob Dylan). The Impossible Dream – Andy Williams (from the musical Man of La Mancha), Perfect Day – various artists (Lou Reed), Unchained Melody – The Righteous Brothers (Todd Duncan).
I love that Muse live version! LMFAO!!! That was funny. Great song too. I never heard The Communards’ version of Don’t Leave Me This Way. The more popular version over here was a disco version by Thelma Houston. It’s one of the few disco songs I like. I love this version too.
And of course I love Girl, You’ll Be a Woman Soon. That whole Pulp Fiction soundtrack is great.
And of course, I love your #1 pick! You’re speaking my language there!
Yay! I’m glad you enjoyed it 🙂 Muse have done other funny things when playing live, there’s a clip from Live & Kicking (and old English music show) where they’ve been asked NOT to sing live and Matt Bellamy messes about a lot, playing the piano in a ridiculous way that is obviously not live haha! A bit like when Nirvana did it on Top of the Pops.
I’ll look up that version by Thelma Houston sounds good! Do you like The Communards version?
DELIGHTED I’m speaking your language with the no.1 choice! I hoped as much!! 80s music is the best (shame I don’t know many of the lyrics though haha!) 🙂
I’ll have to look more into Muse. I’m really liking them! And yes I do like The Communards version as well. It’s a sign that it’s a well written song when so many people cover it and every version is good.
And you don’t need to know the lyrics to be a true ’80s music lover, which I know you are!
That’s VERY true! A sign of a good song I mean 🙂 hope you’re well and had a nice weekend?
Muse used to be one of my favourite bands! I loved them back int eh late 90s / early 2000s but not as keen anymore. I still rate them!
Yay! True 80s music lover! 🙂
My weekend wasn’t bad. Still have a lot to do.
I forgot what Muse did. I think I know of at least one of their songs, but can’t remember which one was big over here. I’ll have to check out all of their stuff. I really liked that live performance
My favourite albums are their earlier ones, they had more of a straight forward ‘rocky’ sound back then, for three guys they could make one hell of a noise! I’m sure you’d be familiar with some of their stuff.
I’m glad your weekend wasn’t bad, let’s hope this one is rather good! 🙂 🙂 🙂
Such a great list Ems! You sent me that cover of California Dreamin ‘ and I love it! I see Kevin has sent you that link to Disturbed’s cover of Land of Confusion. I also love their cover of Simon and Garfunkel’s Sound of Silence.
I did! I love it ❤ xoxox
Thanks Kims, that Disturbed cover is a popular one, I will listen to it today!
And the Sound of Silence 🙂
Hope you're doing well my friend xxxx
I emailed you a quickie Kim! How are you feeling? ❤
I got it and sent you a quickie back Ems.😘😘😘
Great list! Love you number one!
Yay!! I hoped you would like this list Geoff, a music connoisseur such as yourself, Tainted Love forever!! 🙂
Entertaining and informative. I had no idea Step On was a cover. Good detective work!
To be honest, until I typed in ‘best cover songs’ for inspiration, neither did I! But it’s literally one of my all time favourite tracks so I had to include it 🙂
Always a pleasure Emma. We so have to meet up when you come to London. I’ll even do a themed quiz for you. Emma’s in film.
Oh wow! I would love that 🙂 yes that would be fun, we should do it!
Great list Emmy. I love that Santa Esmerelda cover of Don’t let me be misunderstood. .Sweet Dreams is a great Manson cover but I really liked his take on I Put a Spell on You. My list would for sure include The Cardigans(Band who did the song LoveFool) covers of Black Sabbath songs Iron Man and Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
Oh my god yes! I forgot about that song!!! I put a spell on you, I’m sure they were both on the same album as well? That’s a great track, should do an honorable mention. I used to like The Cardigans, I’ll look up their covers! They sound pretty cool!
That Santa Esmerelda song is one of my all time favourites, I prefer it to Hotel California.
Thanks dear, sweet, cool Verny!!!
Tainted Love is a classic.
Glad we agree brother!
It;s a tune.
I’m with you on Soft Cell, Em. Even though I had the Gloria Jones Northern Soul original, way back. Same with Harold Melvin and The Communards, Little Jimmy did the song proud. Manson’s version of Sweet Dreams takes the song down a different path for sure, but is still good.
I wrote this on my blog, over three years ago.
As ever, Pete. XXX
Yay! Hello Pete xxx
I’m glad we agree (again!) there’s just something about Soft Cell isn’t there, the way it starts, it still gives me shivers. I love 80s music!
How are you today dear Pete? I’m still working on my idea for you but definitely not forgotten. Thanks for the link 🙂 I will check it out! xxx
How about ‘Say hello, wave Goodbye’?
I love that song to death! Almond’s vocal on that is just amazing.
I’m pretty chipper in the sunshine today, honey. Thanks for asking. I am writing about films again, with that Curnblog article, and my recent post too. So, that has also cheered me up.
And because it is a weekday, you are back on the blog, so even more reason to perk up…XXX
Great list……Along the Watchtower and Hotel California would be my favorites! .James Taylor – You’ve Got a Friend could be another!
Thanks Ga….no….Cillian! Haha 🙂 I’m hilarious aren’t I. *tumbleweed*
Thanks so much! Glad you like the list and those are two great songs to choose 🙂 you know I’m not even sure I know that James Taylor song…I’ll have to look it up!
Stop what youe doing and listen to James Taylor! Are you on spotify and I’ll link you a playlist!
Ooh yes please! I am OBVIOUSLY on spotify 🙂 my username is emmakwall is that all you need?
Will send it to you now 👍
I hope that works! few my favs! Very hard to narrow down!
It worked! Thank you 🙂
One of my favourite covers is Disturbed doing Genesis’ Land of Confusion
I don’t think I’ve heard that, I’ll look it up thanks Kevin! Are you into your rock music?
I work at a youth club part time looking after disabled kids and one of them just got back from Download festival a couple of weeks ago and saw Disturbed!!! They’re one of his favourite bands bless him. He was high as a kite telling me about it, so glad he had a nice time! 🙂
My tastes in music are eclectic, much like my tastes in everything else. As long as I like the melody, the overall flow of the song, I’ll listen to anything, no matter the genre or language hahaha
Rock has been a constant though, even though the requirements are the same. I have to like the music and the vocals (even if the lyrics are nonsense), but I tend to like Rock & Roll and Heavy Rock more than Heavy Metal or any of the dozens of rock subgenres hahaha
I’ll take AC/DC over most bands any day hahaha, but I like my Burt Barcharach, Neil Diamond and Cat Stevens as well!
I’m the same 🙂 when it comes to melody I mean. My Spotify is VERY strange lol.
I must be getting old though because the only music I generally don’t listen to, is anything made….now! Haha.
I like rock music too, though I never enjoy the actual singing as much as the music, I tend to gravitate towards hip-hop/rock like Rage Against the Machine or Limp Bizkit (for example)
I LOVE Burt Bacharach 🙂 great selection!
But I’m guessing your Spotify doesn’t have Chinese or Japanese music 😛
Why would you guess that?!
I have the Spirited Away soundtrack 🙂 I’m not sure if I have much else. i don’t tend to follow many bands or singers nowadays I just listen to individual songs that I like, that’s what I love so much about Spotify! I still buy the occasional album on CD and I love buying soundtracks in hard copy but apart from that all I need is Spotify, a bluetooth speaker and I’m in seventh heaven 🙂
Ok two recommendations:
White Light by Superfly
Happiness by Ai
Let me know 🙂
Thanks Kevin 🙂 🙂 🙂
This is the cover
Thank you 🙂
Let me know what you think
Glad you put Watchtower as an honorable mention. Otherwise I’d have to get upset!
Johnny Cash – any cover, but I Hung My Head is a favorite.
I KNEW someone would mention Johnny Cash haha, I know it’s a little controversial not including at the very least ‘Hurt’ but I’m just not a big fan.
Do you want me to do an honorable mention? I would do for you Mike! 🙂 glad you’re happy with Watchtower! Classic song!
If you hadn’t included Hendrix there could have been trouble!
So I’ve heard! I’m very glad I included it 🙂
OK deal! You can do an honorable mention!
I will do 🙂