We Have a Winner: Best Cover of All-time Tournament!



Ok, so we don’t have a winning song, but the front-runner has to be the letter “J” (incidentally, my favorite).  Look at the roster of prospective covers below, and revel in how many incredible artists are representing that letter.

If you are a visual thinker, you might guess that there are more than 64 songs on the list.  I tried to take at least one suggestion from everyone who submitted songs.  At the moment I’m likely to cut a few and subject others to play-ins.

Tomorrow I’ll spend some time seeding the ones that are obviously getting, and we’ll be ready to launch on Monday!  Last call!

Amy Winhouse: Valerie

Animals: House of the Rising Sun

Aretha: Respect

Avail: Pink Houses

Bahamas: Don’t You Want Me

Band: Atlantic City

Band: Don’t Do it

Beach Boys: Cotton Fields

Beach Boys: Sloop John B

Beatles: Twist and Shout

Beyonce: Sex on Fire

Birdy: Skinny Love

Blondie: Tide is High

Bobby Darin: Mack the Knife

Bryan Adams: Anytime At All

Bruce Springsteen- My Ride’s Here

Byrds: Mr. Tamburine Man

CCR: I Heard it Through the Grapevine

Cat Power: I Found a Reason 

Clash: I Fought the Law (previous entrant, likely to be cut)

Clash: Police and Thieves

Devo: Satisfaction

Don Henley: Searching for a Heart

Eddie Vedder: I Believe in Miracles

Freddie Mercury: Great Pretender

Foo Fighters: Darling Nikki

Fugees: Killing Me Softly

Gourds: Gin and Juice

Grateful Dead: I Know You Rider

Ike and Tina Turner: Proud Mary

Israel Kamik…: Somewhere over the Rainbow

Janis Joplin: Me and Bobby McGee

Jeff Buckley: Hallelujah

Jimi Hendrix: All Along the Watchtower

Johnny Cash: Hurt

Joe Cocker: Feelin Alright

Joe Cocker: With a Little Help

Joe Strummer and Johnny Cash: Redemption Song

Johnny Rivers: Baby I Need Your Lovin’

Justin Timberlake: Love Never Felt So Good

Kid Loco: Passenger

Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett: Lady is a Tramp

Lake Street Dive: I Want You Back

Little Willies: Fist City

Los Lobos: Johnny 99

Lykke Li: Silver Springs

Manfred Mann: Blinded By the Light

Mann and Penn: Two of Us

Mark Ronson: Toxic

Nirvana- In the Pines

Orchids: Califone

Pixies: Head On

Postal Service: Grow Old With Me

RHCP: Higher Ground

R. Kelly: A Change is Gonna Come

Ray Charles: Yesterday

Rolling Stones: Like a Rollin’ Stone

Rolling Stones: Just My Imagination

Run DMC: Walk This Way

Santana: Black Magic Woman (might be cut as previous entrant)

Sex Pistols: Johnny B Goode/Roadrunner

She and Him: Stay Awhile

Simon and Garfunkel: Wake Up Little Susie

Soft Cell: Tainted Love/Where did our love go

Staple Singers: Slippery People

Sting: America (Kathy’s Song)

The SAME X Lalitia: Feel Good, Inc.

Them: It’s All Over Now Baby Blue

TV on the Radio: Mr. Grieves

U2: Everlasting Love

Urge Overkill: Girl You’ll Be a Woman Soon

White Stripes: Jolene

Yo La Tengo: Blitzkrief Bop

Yo La Tengo:  You Can Have It All


About Janos Marton

Janos Marton is a lawyer, advocate and writer.
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3 Responses to We Have a Winner: Best Cover of All-time Tournament!

  1. Daddy-o says:

    If you have room for one more, Mumford and Son “The Boxer”

  2. Jeanne Spellman says:

    A few more to consider…
    Bohemian Rhapsody– Jake Shinabukuro ( BH on the ukulele, seriously?!)
    Here Comes the Sun — Richie Havens
    Green Green Rocky Road–Oscar Isaac
    BillieJean– Civil Wars

    Dr. J.

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