The 50 best covers of all time: do you agree with the latest poll? - The Guardian

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The top 50 cover versions:

1. Pet Shop Boys - Always On My Mind
2. Johnny Cash - Hurt
3. The Stranglers - Walk On By
4. Jimi Hendrix - All Along The Watchtower
5. Jeff Buckley - Hallelujah
6. Soft Cell - Tainted Love
7. Joe Cocker - With A Little Help From My Friends
8. Sinead O’Connor - Nothing Compares 2 U
9. Muse - Feeling Good
10. Whitney Houston - I Will Always Love You
11. Marvin Gaye - I Heard It Through The Grapevine
12. Adele - Make You Feel My Love
13. This Mortal Coil - Song To The Siren
14. The Clash - I Fought The Law
15. China Drum - Wuthering Heights
16. Nirvana - The Man Who Sold The World
17. Aretha Franklin - Respect
18. Eva Cassidy - Songbird
19. Leona Lewis - Run
20. Led Zeppelin - When The Levee Breaks
21. Righteous Brothers - Unchained Melody
22. Florence + the Machine - You’ve Got The Love
23. Mark Ronson - Valerie (feat. Amy Winehouse)
24. Jimi Hendrix - Hey Joe
25. The Fall - Lost In Music
26. Gary Jules - Mad World (feat. Michael Andrews)
27. Bryan Ferry - A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall
28. The Specials - A Message To You Rudy
29. Birdy - Skinny Love
30. Fugees - Killing Me Softly With His Song
31. The Pogues - Dirty Old Town
32. Elvis Costello & The Attractions - Good Year For The Roses
33. José González - Heartbeats
34. The Isley Brothers - Summer Breeze
35. Thin Lizzy - Rosalie
36. Talking Heads - Take Me To The River
37. David Bowie - China Girl
38. Urge Overkill - Girl, You’ll Be A Woman Soon
39. Ryan Adams - Wonderwall
40. Nina Simone - Mr. Bojangles
41. Hüsker Dü - Eight Miles High
42. José Feliciano - Light My Fire
43. Earth, Wind & Fire - Got To Get You Into My Life
44. Santana - Oye Como Va
45. James Blake - Limit To Your Love
46. Billy Paul - Your Song
47. Richie Havens - Going Back To My Roots
48. Labrinth - Express Yourself
49. Prince Fatty - Shimmy Shimmy Ya (feat. Horseman)
50. D’Angelo – Cruisin


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Husker Du - 8 Miles High...perfection

Oh my god. it's Robby!

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good list, though, off the top of my head, its missing:

You Keep Me Hangin' On by Kim Wilde :love:

Shine On by Apoptygma Berzerk
& Apoptygma Berzerk covering Kim Wilde:

Cambodia :guitar:
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It's all good
China Drum's Wuthering Heights (number 15 in list) - absolutely perfect.

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making lemonade
Editors' covers of R.E.M.'s Orange Crush, The Cure's Lullaby, and Talking Head's Road to Nowhere:

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Oh my god. it's Robby!

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yeah, don't know how I forgot those Bauhaus covers or Siouxsie :confused: she has so many great ones*, one I really love is:

2 minutes of perfection :love:

oh yeah, did anybody mention:

*=most of which she always takes and makes her own
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Soft Cell - Tainted Love
All these years, I had no idea this was a cover. I'm going to listen to the original.

The Gloria Jones (aka Marc Bolan's girlfriend) version of Tainted Love is a Northern Soul classic and well worth a listen.
The Gloria Jones (aka Marc Bolan's girlfriend) version of Tainted Love is a Northern Soul classic and well worth a listen.

Didn't know it was a cover myself - I think I prefer the original now, having given it a listen.
Irish football legend Paul McGrath's cover version of The Connell's 74/75 would be in my own top 50 covers.
(For real)


whoops, sorry i guess ryan adams is on the list. i just assumed he wasnt and typed it so my bad
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