We've Got You Covered

I was recently introduced to the album, Good Things by Aloe Blacc. Hidden among his soulful original gems is a fantastic cover of Femme Fatal by The Velvet Underground. The genius of this cover is that it doesn't sound like a cover. It has the feeling of the original but sounds completely different. That got me thinking about other cover songs that I love.

Here are a few of my favorite covers:

And one cover that I will never like as much as the original: I Will Always Love You by Whitney Houston. Houston's version is more famous but I much prefer the quiet, country original by Dolly Parton.

I want more, tell me your favorite covers.

Written by angela on November 12, 2010


james on November 9, 2010


I love hearing great cover songs. Here are some I prefer the second (or third) time around.

Wonderwall - Ryan Adams (Oasis)
I Shot the Sheriff - Bob Marley & The Wailers (Eric Clapton)
All Along the Watchtower - Jimi Hendrix (Bob Dylan)
Hurt - Johnny Cash (Nine Inch Nails)
(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction - Cat Power (The Rolling Stones)
Go - Sparklehorse with The Flaming Lips (Daniel Johnston)
Love Hurts - Gram Parsons with Emmylou Harris (The Everly Brothers, then Nazareth)
Loser - Cracker (Jerry Garcia/Grateful Dead)


Townes Van Zandt wrote so many amazing songs which were later covered by greats such as Emmylou Harris and Willie Nelson. Townes is one of my favorites.


Love Willie Nelson and Emmylou Harris so I'm sure I'll love Townes. Thanks for the recommendation!

Michelle on November 11, 2010


Great list! 

Anything by Cat Power on The Covers Record

House of the Rising Sun by The Be Good Tanyas

Whole album Mermaid Avenue by Billy Bragg and Wilco (Woody Guthrie)

Devil Town by Bright Eyes (Late Great Daniel Johnston)

Only made it through D on my iTunes!  Thanks.



Nice list! Mermaid Avenue is amazing! Can't wait to listen to the others, especially The Be Good Tanyas.

Lisa on November 12, 2010


Great blog!

Blue Floyd is a great cover band. You can check them out on YouTube for sure.


Blue Floyd is a great cover band name! I'll definitely be checking them out.

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