Cover songs are undoubtedly some of the greatest feats of music. Read more for a list of some of my favorite covers of all time!
Cherry Oh Baby by UB40
Although the Rolling Stones came as a close runner up, the UB40 version of the song Cherry Oh Baby (originally recorded by Eric Donaldson in the early 1970s) won my heart over. Fun fact: the band UB40 was actually named after a British welfare form! The band also has plenty of other great covers including I Can’t Help Falling in Love and The Way You Do The Things You Do.
Bridge over Troubled Water by Roberta Flack
The original version of this song was recorded by the legendary duo Simon and Garfunkel, although Roberta Flack (best known for her song Killing Me Softly) recorded an absolutely wonderful version of the song some years after its original release.
Killing Me Softly by Lauryn Hill
Speaking of Roberta Flack, the cover by Lauren Hill of Flack’s eternal “Killing me Softly” also always seems to strike the right chord! Lauryn Hill’s afro-centric style with cool reggae beats and raspy yet sweet voice makes her cover of Killing Me Softly one of the best of all time.
Valerie by Amy Winehouse
Did you know that the song Valerie by Amy Winehouse is actually a cover song by the Zutons? Hard to believe, because Winehouse really delivered the song to a level of perfection only to be described as heavenly. I would be lying if I said that tears didn’t well up in my eyes the first time I heard it. And trust me, it’s even better on a record player!
Drops of Jupiter by Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift’s cover of Drops of Jupiter (originally by Train) certainly rivals the original. Although it was not studio recorded, this is one of the few songs that I would consider to be absolutely amazing live. For those who didn’t know, the song was originally about the death of Patrick Monahan’s mother while he was out on tour. Puts it in to a whole (sad) new perspective, but when music makes us feel things, it’s absolutely that much more uplifting!
What are your favorite cover songs of all time? Leave a comment to share your wonderful music taste with the rest of the world!