Friday, May 18, 2007

That one last's shot/ A permanent vacation.

Aerosmith in Bangalore soon. Won't be at the show, but it got me thinking about my Top Twenty covers. (Clearly because of their version of Come Together, which must be the most covered Beatles song in history.)

These are the ones I came up with, and I'm pretty staggered there isn't one track from I Am Sam. Sarah McLachlan's Blackbird would make it Twenty-One. Hmph.

Anyway, here it is:

Arthur Alexander's Soldier Of Love - The Beatles

Bill Withers' Ain't No Sunshine - Tori Amos

Bob Dylan's To Make You Feel My Love - Billy Joel

Carly Simon's Nobody Does It Better - Radiohead

Cat Stevens' The First Cut Is The Deepest - Rod Stewart

Cat Stevens' Wild World - Mr. Big

Crowded House's Don't Dream It's Over - Sixpence None The Richer

David Bowie's The Man Who Sold The World - Nirvana

Don Henley's The End Of The Innocence - Bruce Hornsby

Don McLean's American Pie - Madonna

J. Frank Wilson and The Cavaliers' Last Kiss - Pearl Jam

Prince's Manic Monday - The Bangles

Simon and Garfunkel's Cecilia - Suggs

The Beatles' Come Together - Aerosmith

The Beatles' Something - Paul McCartney and Eric Clapton

The Beatles' You've Got to Hide Your Love Away - Oasis

The Chiffons' One Fine Day - Natalie Merchant

The Lover Speaks' No More I Love Yous - Annie Lennox

The Police's King Of Pain - Alanis Morrisette

The Supremes' You Can't Hurry Love - Phil Collins

Love them all, and I think every single one is better than the original. In my head at least, the gap between original and cover is easily mapped: Bob Dylan on the extreme left (read, miles ahead of the original), and the Beatles' on the extreme right (read, just as good, possibly a teeny, tiny bit better).

For more on covers, check out The Covers Project.

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