What are the greatest cover songs of all time? Here are the ones currently topping my list.
10. Smells Like Teen Spirit – Tori Amos covering Nirvana
9. Beat It – Fall Out Boy covering Michael Jackson
8. Hit Me Baby One More Time – Travis covering Britney Spears
6. I Will Survive – Cake covering Gloria Gaynor
3. Against All Odds – Postal Service covering Phil Collins
2. You’re the One that I Want – Danielle Duval covering the Grease soundtrack
1. And the best cover of all time is of course Hurt – Johnny Cash covering NIN.
Honorable mentions, with bonus points for interestingness/unusualness:
- Empire State of Mind – the students of PS22 covering Jay-Z and Alicia Keys
- Country Roads – Toots & The Maytals covering John Denver, only they sing “West Jamaica” instead of “West Virginia”
- It’s a Man’s World – Pavarotti covering (and singing alongside) James Brown
- Wonderwall – Cat Power covering Oasis
And five covers of Radiohead’s Creep:
What are your favorite cover songs?