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A cover version of a song is a rerecording of that song by a different artist (compare with remake (in motion pictures) and enhanced remake (in video games)).

Although cover versions are often produced for artistic reasons, they are commonly released to fill bargain bins in the music section of supermarkets and even specialized music stores, where uninformed customers can easily confuse them with original recordings, especially since the packaging is usually intentionally confusing. It combines the name of the original artist, written in large letters, with a small-letters periphrase like as originally sung by or as made popular by. Sometimes only the presence of the rather uncommon "cover" word indicates the true nature of the recordings. Certain publishing houses push the perversion up to using an expression like original cover versions. Cover versions are often sold in compilations, sorted by genre. When supermarkets conduct a major cover version sale, they sometimes put in place a DJ to play the items from the special collection exclusively.

From early in the 20th century it was common practice among phonograph record labels that if any company had a record that was a significant commercial success, other record companies would have singers or musicians "cover" the tune by recording a version for their own label in hopes of cashing in on the tune's success.

In the early days of rock and roll, many songs originally recorded by African American rock musicians were rerecorded by white artists, such as Pat Boone, in a more toned down style that lacked the hard edge of rock and roll, and vice versa. These cover versions were considered by some to be more palatable to parents, and white artists were more palatable to programmers at white radio stations. Also, many songs originally recorded by male artists were rerecorded by female artists, and vice versa. Such cover version is sometimes called a cross cover version.

Over the years, cover versions of many popular songs have been recorded, sometimes with a radically different style, and in other cases the cover version is virtually indistinguishable from the original. For example, Jose Feliciano's version of "Light My Fire" was utterly distinct from the original version by The Doors; but Carl Carlton's 1974 cover of Robert Knight's 1967 hit single song "Everlasting Love" sounds almost identical to the original. Cover versions can also be in different languages; for example, Falco's 1982 German-language hit "Der Kommissar" was covered in English by After the Fire later in the decade, although the German title was retained. The English version, which was not a direct translation of Falco's original but retained much of its spirit, reached the Top 5 on the US charts.

A type of cover version that existed from the early 1950s to the late 1970s in Louisiana was known as swamp pop. Contemporary and classic rock, R&B, and country songs were re-recorded with Cajun audiences in mind. Some lyrics were translated to French, and some were recorded with traditional Cajun instrumentation. Several swamp pop songs charted nationally, but it was mostly a regional niche market.

Cover versions are often used as a method of making a familiar song contemporary. For example "Singin' In The Rain" was originally introduced in the film Hollywood Revue Of 1929. The famous Gene Kelly version was a revision that brought it up to date for a 1950s Hollywood musical, and was used in the 1952 film of the same name. In 1978 it was covered by French singer Sheila accompanied by the B. Devotion group, as a disco song, once more updating it to suit the musical taste of the era. During the disco era there was a brief trend towards taking well known songs and recording them in the disco style. Director Baz Luhrmann has contemporised and stylised older songs for use in his films. New or cover versions such as John Paul Young's "Love Is In The Air" in Strictly Ballroom, Candi Staton's "Young Hearts Run Free" in Romeo and Juliet, and adaptations of artists such as Nat King Cole, Nirvana, Kiss, Thelma Houston, Marilyn Monroe, Madonna and T Rex in Moulin Rouge, were designed to fit into the structure of each film, and to suit the taste of the contemporary audience for which they were made.

New artists are often introduced to the record buying public with performances of well known, "safe" songs as evidenced in American Idol and its international counterparts. Established artists often pay homage to artists or songs that inspired them before they started their careers by recording cover versions, or perform unrecorded cover versions in their live performances for variety. For example U2 have performed ABBA's Dancing Queen live, and Kylie Minogue has performed The Clash's "Should I Stay Or Should I Go" - songs that would be completely out of character for them to record, but which allow them artistic freedom when performing live. These performances are often released as part of authorised "live recordings" and thus become legitimate cover versions.

Punk music is known for deconstructing classic rock or pop songs by reinterpreting them in punk form. Bands like Me First & the Gimme Gimmes;, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, NOFX and Goldfinger are especially known for doing so. In recent years, several jam bands and related groups have begun covering hip hop songs, most frequently only live in concert. Perhaps the most famous such-cover recorded in a studio and released commercially is a bluegrass version of "Gin and Juice" by Snoop Doggy Dogg, as performed by the Gourds. Other artists like Phish and Keller Williams have covered "Rappers Delight" (The Sugarhill Gang), "Baby Got Back" (Sir Mix-A-Lot) and other hip hop songs.

The Beatles have been covered more than any other band; "Yesterday" has been covered over three thousand times since its original release in 1965. Other songs which have been released many times as cover versions include the infamous "Louie Louie" by Richard Berry, "Free Bird" (Lynyrd Skynyrd), "No Woman No Cry" (Bob Marley & the Wailers;) and many of the less recent works of Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen (as of December 31, 2002, there were at least 759 published cover versions of Cohen songs [1]).

Many popular bands have a tribute album, consisting entirely of covers of their songs performed by various other bands, often quite different from the original. The soundtrack to the film I Am Sam was a particularly popular example of this; it consisted of Beatles songs redone by various modern artists. Another notable example is Conception: The Interpretation of Stevie Wonder Songs, which is an album consisting of covers of songs originally recorded by Stevie Wonder and an original song by Stevie Wonder's mentee India.Arie, singing about Stevie Wonder.

Jam bands such as Phish and The Grateful Dead are known for playing covers in concert, generally, and not on studio albums.

Some examples of commercially successful or otherwise notable cover versions follow showing the song title, original artist and year of original version, followed by the covering artist(s) and the year(s) of release:



"Across the Universe" The Beatles, 1970 Fiona Apple, 1998 (from Pleasantville)
Rufus Wainwright, 2002 (from I Am Sam)
"After Midnight" J.J. Cale, 1965 Eric Clapton, 1970
Eric Clapton, 1988 (remake)
"The Age of Not Believing" Angela Lansbury, in the film Bedknobs and Broomsticks 1971 Christine Ebersole, 2003
"Ain't No Stopping Us Now" McFadden & Whitehead, 1979 Luther Vandross, 1994
"Ain't That a Shame" Fats Domino, 1955 Pat Boone, 1955
"Ain't Too Proud to Beg" The Temptations, 1966 The Rolling Stones, 1974
"Alison" Elvis Costello, 1977 Linda Ronstadt, 1978
"All Along The Watchtower" Bob Dylan, 1968 Jimi Hendrix, 1968
"All Out of Love" Air Supply, 1980 Soluna, 2002
"Almost Cut My Hair" Crosby, Stills & Nash;, 1970 The Dayglo Abortions, 1998
"Always On My Mind" Elvis Presley, 1973 Willie Nelson, 1982
Pet Shop Boys, 1988
"(There's) Always Something There To Remind Me" Lou Johnson, 1964 Sandie Shaw, 1964
Dionne Warwick, 1967
Naked Eyes, 1982
Human League, 1991
"American Pie" Don McLean, 1971 Madonna, 2000
"American Woman" The Guess Who, 1970 Lenny Kravitz, 1999
"Am I Dreaming" Atlantic Starr, 1975 Xscape & Keith Sweat, 1999
"Angel Of the Morning" Merrilee Rush, 1968 Juice Newton, 1981
"Anyone Who Had a Heart" Dionne Warwick, 1963 Cilla Black, 1964
Luther Vandross, 1986
"At Your Best (You Are Love)" The Isley Brothers, 1974 Aaliyah, 1994


"Back In The USA" Chuck Berry, 1959 Linda Ronstadt, 1978
"Barbara Ann" The Regents, 1961 The Beach Boys, 1965
"Because the Night" Patti Smith Group, 1978 (cowritten with Bruce Springsteen) 10,000 Maniacs, 1994
"Behind Blue Eyes" The Who, 1971 (from Who's Next) Limp Bizkit, 2003
"Bette Davis Eyes" Jackie DeShannon, 1974 Kim Carnes, 1981
Gwyneth Paltrow, 2000 Paris Hilton, 2004
"Better The Devil You Know" Kylie Minogue, 1990 Steps, 1999
"Black Betty" Ram Jam, 1977 Tom Jones, 2003
Spiderbait, 2004
"Black Magic Woman" Fleetwood Mac, 1969 Santana, 1970
"Blinded by the Light" Bruce Springsteen, 1973 Manfred Mann, 1976
"Blue Bayou" Roy Orbison, 1963 Linda Ronstadt, 1977
"Blue Monday" New Order, 1983 Orgy, 1998
"Blue Suede Shoes" Carl Perkins, 1955 Elvis Presley, 1956
"Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" The Andrews Sisters, 1941 Bette Midler, 1972
"Boy From New York City" Ad Libs, 1965 Darts, 1978
Manhattan Transfer, 1981
"Boyz-In-The-Hood" Eazy-E, 1988 Dynamite Hack, 2000


"Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft" Klaatu, 1976 Carpenters, 1977
"The Candy Man" Aubrey Woods in the film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, 1971 Sammy Davis, Jr, 1972
"Can't Smile Without You" Carpenters, 1975 Barry Manilow, 1978
"Cats In the Cradle" Harry Chapin, 1974 Ugly Kid Joe, 1993
"Chain Reaction" Diana Ross, 1986 Steps, 2001
"Chim Chim Cher-Ee" Dick Van Dyke, in the film Mary Poppins, 1964 The New Christie Minstrels, 1965, Allan Sherman, 1965
Mrs. Miller 1966
"Citadel" The Rolling Stones, 1967 Redd Kross, 1984, The Damned, 1988
Comsat Angels, 1992, Burn Witch Burn, 2000
"Cloud Nine" Gladys Knight & the Pips;, 1967 The Temptations, 1968
"Come On Eileen" Dexy's Midnight Runners, 1982 Save Ferris, 1997, Badly Drawn Boy, 2003
"Come Together" The Beatles, 1969 Aerosmith, 1978
"Could It Be Magic" Donna Summer, 1976 Barry Manilow, 1978 and 1993
Take That, 1992
"Cruisin'" Smokey Robinson, 1979 D'Angelo, 1995
Gwyneth Paltrow & Huey Lewis, 2000


"Da Doo Ron Ron" The Crystals 1963 Shaun Cassidy 1977
"Dancing in the Street" Martha & the Vandellas;, 1964 Van Halen, 1982
David Bowie & Mick Jagger, 1985, Atomic Kitten, 2001
"Daydream Believer" The Monkees, 1968 Anne Murray, 1978
Shonen Knife, 1998, Atomic Kitten, 2001
"Delta Dawn" Tanya Tucker. 1971 Helen Reddy, 1973
"Don't Cry For Me, Argentina" Elaine Paige Julie Covington, 1976
Olivia Newton-John
The Shadows, 1978
Sinead O'Connor, 1992
Sarah Brightman
Madonna, 1996
Mike Flowers Pops, 1996
"Don't Dream It's Over" Crowded House Sixpence None the Richer, 2002
"Don't Leave Me This Way" Harold Melvin and the Bluenotes, 1977 Thelma Houston, 1977 and 1995
Communards, 1986
Sheena Easton, 2000
"Don't Make Me Over" Dionne Warwick, 1962 Sybil, 1990
"Downtown" Petula Clark, 1964, 1976 (remake 1), 1988 (remake 2), 1999 (remake 3) Frank Sinatra, 1966
Mrs. Miller, 1966
Dolly Parton, 1984
"Downtown Train" Tom Waits, 1985 Rod Stewart, 1991


"Ebony Eyes" Rick James & Smokey Robinson, 1988 Silk, 2000
"Emotion" Samantha Sang, 1978 Johnny Mathis & Deniece Williams, 1978
Destiny's Child, 2001
"Endless Love" Diana Ross & Lionel Richie, 1981 Mariah Carey & Luther Vandross, 1994
"Everlasting Love" Robert Knight, 1967 Carl Carlton, 1974
Rex Smith & Rachel Sweet, 1981
Gloria Estefan, 1995
"Evergreen" Barbra Streisand Luther Vandross, 1994
"Everything I Do (I Do It For You)" Bryan Adams Brandy Norwood, 1998
"Everything I Own" Bread, 1972 Ken Boothe, 1974
Boy George, 1987


"Feelin' Alright" Traffic, 1968 Joe Cocker, 1969
"Fire" Bruce Springsteen, 1977 The Pointer Sisters, 1979
"Fire & Desire" Rick James & Teena Marie, 1980 Johnny Gill & Coko of SWV, 1999
"For All We Know" Donny Hathaway, 1971 Ruben Studdard, 2003
"Funkytown" Lipps Inc, 1980 Pseudo Echo, 1987


"Get Ready" The Temptations, 1966 Rare Earth, 1970
"Gin and Juice" Snoop Doggy Dogg, 1993 The Gourds, 1998
"Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" Robert Hazard, 1979 Cyndi Lauper, 1984
Lolly, 2000
"Gloria" Them (with Van Morrison), 1965 Shadows of Knight, 1966
"Grandma's Hands" Bill Withers, 1973 Barbra Streisand, 1987


"A Hard Day's Night" The Beatles, 1964 Goldie Hawn, 1998
"Have You Ever Seen The Rain?" Creedence Clearwater Revival, 1970 R.E.M, 1985
"A Hazy Shade Of Winter" Simon and Garfunkel, 1966 The Bangles, 1987
"Heat Wave" Martha & the Vandellas;, 1963 Linda Ronstadt, 1975
"Heaven" Bryan Adams, 1985 DJ Sammy, 2002
"Helter Skelter" The Beatles, 1968Pat Benatar, 1981
U2, 1988
"Hey Baby" Bruce Channel, 1962 DJ Ítzi, 2000
"How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)" Marvin Gaye James Taylor
"Hurt" Nine Inch Nails, 1994 Johnny Cash, 2002


"(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" Rolling Stones, 1965 Otis Redding, 1966
Aretha Franklin, 1967
Bubblerock, 1974
Devo, 1978
Vanilla Ice, 1991
Britney Spears, 2000
"I Can't Hear You No More" Dusty Springfield, 1966 Helen Reddy, 1976
"I Can't Make You Love Me" Bonnie Raitt, 1991 George Michael, 1997 Kimberley Locke, 2004
"I Can't Stand The Rain" Ann Peebles, 1974 Eruption, 1978
Tina Turner, 1985
"I Don't Like Mondays" The Boomtown Rats, 1982 Tori Amos, 2001
"I Fought the Law" Bobby Fuller Four, 1966 The Clash, 1979 Dead Kennedys, 1987
"I Got Rhythm" George Gershwin Broadway musical Girl Crazy, 1930 The Happenings, 1967
"I Got You Babe" Sonny & Cher, 1967 UB40 with Chrissie Hynde, 1985
Cher with Beavis and Butthead, 1993
"I Hear You Knocking" Smiley Lewis, 1961 Dave Edmunds, 1971
"I Heard It Through The Grapevine" Gladys Knight & the Pips;, 1967 Marvin Gaye, 1968
Creedence Clearwater Revival, 1970
"I Just Don't Know What to Do With Myself" Dusty Springfield, 1964 Dionne Warwick, 1966
Marcia Hines, 1976
Elvis Costello, 1978
Linda Ronstadt, 1993
The White Stripes, 2003
"I Love Rock 'n Roll" Randy Newman, 1975 Joan Jett, 1981
Britney Spears, 2001
"I Only Want To Be With You" Dusty Springfield, 1963 The Bay City Rollers, 1976
The Tourists, 1979
Samantha Fox, 1989
"I Put a Spell on You" Screaming Jay Hawkins, 1957 Creedence Clearwater Revival, 1968
Bette Midler, 1993
Marilyn Manson, 1995
Sonique, 2000
"I Shot the Sheriff" Bob Marley & the Wailers;, 1973 Eric Clapton, 1974
"I Want Candy" The Strangeloves, 1964 Bow Wow Wow, 1982
Aaron Carter, 1999
Good Charlotte, 2001
"I Will Always Love You" Dolly Parton, 1974 and second version 1982 Whitney Houston, 1992
Sarah Washington, 1993
"I Will Survive" Gloria Gaynor, 1979 and 1993 Billie Jo Spears, 1979
Diana Ross, 1996
Chantay Savage, 1996
Cake (band), 1997
"I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing" The New Seekers, 1971 The Hillside Singers, 1972
"If" David Gates, 1971 Telly Savalas, 1975
"If He Walked Into My Life" Jerry Herman, from the musical Mame, 1966 Eydie Gorme, 1966
"If I Can't Have You" Yvonne Elliman, 1978 Kim Wilde, 1993
"If I Thought You'd Ever Change Your Mind" Cilla Black, 1969 Agnetha Fńltskog, 2004
"I'm a Believer" Neil Diamond, 1966 The Monkees, 1966
Smashmouth, 2001
"I'm Every Woman" Chaka Khan, 1974 Whitney Houston, 1992
"I'm a Man" Spencer Davis Group, 1967 Chicago, 1970
"In My Life" The Beatles, 1967 Bette Midler, 1991
"In the Midnight Hour" Wilson Pickett, 1965 The Rascals, 1967
"It Ain't Me Babe" Bob Dylan, 1964 The Turtles, 1965
"It's My Life" Talk Talk, 1984 No Doubt, 2003
"It's Raining Men" Weather Girls, 1980 Martha Wash featuring RuPaul, 1998
Martha Wash, 2000
Geri Halliwell, 2001


"Jealous Guy" John Lennon, 1971 Roxy Music, 1981
"Jump (For My Love)" Pointer Sisters, 1984 Girls Aloud, 2003
"Just The Way You Are" Billy Joel, 1971 Barry White, 1978


"Killing Me Softly With His Song" Roberta Flack, 1973 The Fugees, 1996
"Knock On Wood" Eddie Floyd, 1967 Otis Redding & Carla Thomas, 1967
David Bowie, 1974
Amii Stewart, 1979 and 1985
"Knocking on Heaven's Door" Bob Dylan, 1973 Guns N' Roses, 1991
Avril Lavigne, 2003
"Knocks Me Off My Feet" Stevie Wonder, 1976 Luther Vandross, 1997


"Lady Marmalade" Patti LaBelle, 1973 All Saints, 1999
Christina Aguilera,Lil Kim,Pink,Mya&Missy Elliott 2001
"Last Kiss" J. Frank Wilson, 1964 Pearl Jam, 1981
"The Letter" The Boxtops, 1967 Joe Cocker, 1970
"Light My Fire" The Doors, 1967 Jose Feliciano, 1968
Amii Stewart, 1979
Will Young, 2002
"The Lion Sleeps Tonight" The Tokens, 1961 Robert John, 1971
Tight Fit, 1982
"Live and Let Die" Paul McCartney, 1976 Guns N' Roses, 1991
"The Loco-Motion" Little Eva, 1962 Grand Funk, 1974
Kylie Minogue, 1988 Atomic Kitten, 2001
"Lovely Day" Bill Withers Luther Vandross, (2003)
"Love Ballad" LTD George Benson, (1984)
K-Ci & JoJo;, (2002)
"Love Don't Live Here Anymore" Rose Royce Kate Ceberano, 1985
Madonna, 1985
Mary J. Blige and Faith Evans, 1995
"Love Don't Love Nobody" The Spinners, 1974 Dru Hill, 2000
"Love is All Around" The Troggs, 1967 Wet Wet Wet, 1994
"Love is Strange" Mickey and Sylvia, 1958 Peaches and Herb, 1967
"Love Potion Number 9" The Clovers, 1959 The Searchers, 1964
"Love Rollercoaster" The Ohio Players Red Hot Chili Peppers, 1996
"Lover's Cross" Jim Croce, 1972 Melanie, 1974
"Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" The Beatles, 1967 William Shatner, 1968
Elton John, 1974


"Maniac" Michael, Sembello (original) Lollipop, 2001 Alexander Klaws, 2003 L5,2003

"MacArthur Park" Richard Harris, 1968 Donna Summer, 1978
"Mack the Knife" Kurt Weill, from the musical The Threepenny Opera, 1930 Bobby Darin, 1959 Robbie Williams, 2001
"Mame" Jerry Herman, from the musical Mame, 1966 Bobby Darin, 1966
"The Man Who Sold The World" David Bowie, 1970 Lulu, 1974
Nirvana, 1994
"Mickey" Racey, 1978 (original title "Kitty") Toni Basil, 1982
Lolly, 1999
"Music" Madonna, 2000 Out Of Your Mouth, 2004
"My First Love" Angela Winbush & RenÚ Palmer Ketara Wyatt & Avant, 2001
"Mr. Tambourine Man" Bob Dylan, 1965 The Byrds, 1965
"My Heart Will Go On" Celine Dion, 1997 Los Straightjackets, 1999 (as an instrumental performed in the style of the Tornadoes Telstar)
"My Way" Frank Sinatra, 1969 Sid Vicious, 1978


"Never Can Say Goodbye" Jackson 5, 1971 Isaac Hayes, 1971
Gloria Gaynor, 1975
Communards, 1987
Yazz, 1997
Sheena Easton, 2000
"No Woman, No Cry" Bob Marley & the Wailers;, 1974 Gilberto Gil, 1980


"O Carolina" The Folkes Brothers, 1960 Shaggy, 1993
"Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da" The Beatles, 1968 The Marmalade, 1968
"Only You" Yazoo, 1982 Flying Pickets, 1983
"Overjoyed" Stevie Wonder, 1983 Mary J. Blige, 2002


"Pinball Wizard" The Who, 1969 The New Seekers, 1973
Elton John, 1976. Petula Clark, 1998
"People Are Strange" The Doors, 1967 Echo and the Bunnymen, 1987
"Pretty Please Me" Quick, 1977 Redd Kross, 1997
"Pretty Woman" Roy Orbison, 1964 Van Halen, 1982
The Holy Sisters of the Gaga Dada, 1986
"Proud Mary" Creedence Clearwater Revival, 1969 Ike and Tina Turner, 1971



"Red Rubber Ball" Simon & Garfunkel;, 1965 The Cyrkle, 1966
"Relight My Fire" Dan Hartman, 1979 Take That featuring Lulu, 1994
"Ribbon in the Sky" Stevie Wonder, 1971 Intro, 1993
"Rock and Roll Music" Chuck Berry, 1957 The Beatles, 1964
The Beach Boys, 1975
"Roll Over Beethoven" Chuck Berry, 1956 The Beatles, 1963
Electric Light Orchestra, 1973
"Ruby Tuesday" The Rolling Stones, 1967 Melanie, 1972


"Shameless" Billy Joel, 1989 Garth Brooks, 1991
"She Came in through the Bathroom Window" The Beatles, 1969 Joe Cocker, 1969
"Shhh" Tevin Campbell, 1993 Prince, 1995 (The song was written by the cover artist.)
"Shop Around" Smokey Robinson & The Miracles;, 1960 Captain & Tennille;, 1976
"Show and Tell" Al Wilson, 1973 Peabo Bryson, 1999
"Somethin' Stupid" Frank & Nancy Sinatra, 1967 Robbie Williams & Nicole Kidman, 2001
"Something in the Air" Thunderclap Newman, 1969 Fish, 1991
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers;, 1993
"Somewhere in the Night" Helen Reddy, 1976 Barry Manilow, 1979
"Son Of A Preacher" Dusty Springfield, ? in music Aretha Franklin, 1976
"Soul Provider" Michael Bolton Peabo Bryson, 1991
"Spanish Harlem" Ben E. King, 1961 Aretha Franklin, 1971
"Spirit in the Sky" Norman Greenbaum, 1970 Doctor and the Medics, 1986
Gareth Gates with The Kumars, 2003
"Stay" Maurice Williams & the Zodiacs;, 1960 Jackson Browne, 1977
"Stop Your Sobbing" The Kinks, 1964 The Pretenders, 1979
"Summertime" George Gershwin, from the opera Porgy and Bess, 1934 The Shake Spears, 1966
Janis Joplin, 1967
"Summertime Blues" Eddie Cochran, 1958 The Who, 1967
Blue Cheer, 1968
Alan Jackson, 1995
Rush, 2004
"Superstar" Carpenters Luther Vandross, 1988
Ruben Studdard, 2003
"Superstition" Stevie Wonder, 1972 Glenn Lewis, 2002
"Suzie Q" Dale Hawkins, 1957 Creedence Clearwater Revival, 1968
"Suspicion" Elvis Presley, 1962 Terry Stafford, 1964
"Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)" Eurythmics, 1983 Marilyn Manson, 1996
"Sweet Jane" The Velvet Underground, 1970 Cowboy Junkies, 1988
"Sweet Thing" Chaka Khan featuring Rufus, 1975 Mary J. Blige, 1993
"Sympathy for the Devil" The Rolling Stones, 1968 Jane's Addiction, 1987


"Tainted Love" Gloria Jones, 1964 Soft Cell, 1981
Marilyn Manson, 2002
"Take Me To The River" Al Green, 1974 Talking Heads, 1978
"That Girl" Stevie Wonder, 1984 Joe, 2003
"That'll Be The Day" Buddy Holly, 1957 Linda Ronstadt, 1976
"That's What Friends Are For" Rod Stewart, from the movie Night Shift, 1982 Dionne and Friends (Dionne Warwick, Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight, Elton John), 1986
"There She Goes" The La's, 1989 Sixpence None The Richer, 1999
"(They Long to Be} Close to You" Richard Chamberlain, 1962 Carpenters, 1970
"This Is It" Melba Moore, 1976 Dannii Minogue, 1993
"This Magic Moment" The Drifters, 1960 Jay and the Americans, 1969
"Time" Tom Waits, 1967 Rod Stewart, 1970
"Tomorrow" Charles Strouse, Martin Charnin, from the musical Annie, 1977 Barbra Streisand, 1978,
Grace Jones, 1979,
Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, 1997
"Top of the World" Carpenters, 1972 Shonen Knife, 1994
"Total Eclipse Of The Heart" Bonnie Tyler, 1983 Nicki French, 1995
"The Tracks of My Tears" Smokey Robinson & the Miracles;, 1965 Johnny Rivers, 1967
Linda Ronstadt, 1976
Graham "Shirley" Strahan, 1977
Go West, 1993
"Turn the Beat Around" Vicki Sue Robinson, 1977 Gloria Estefan, 1994
"Twist and Shout" The Isley Brothers, 1962 The Beatles, 1963 (rereleased 1986)



"(Theme From) Valley of the Dolls Dionne Warwick, 1967 K.d. lang, 1997
"Venus" Shocking Blue, 1969 Bananarama, 1986
Yoko Nagayama, 1986 No Angels, 2003


"Walk Away, RenÚe" Left Banke, 1966 The Four Tops, 1967
Rick Price, 1992
Vonda Shepard, 1997
"Walk on By" Dionne Warwick, 1964 Isaac Hayes, 1969
"Walk This Way" Aerosmith, 1975 Run DMC, 1986
"We Can Work It Out" The Beatles, 1966 Stevie Wonder, 1971
"Who Can I Run To?" The Jones Girls, 1973 Xscape, 1995
"Wild Night" Van Morrison, 1971 John Cougar Mellencamp & Me'Shell NdegeOcello, 1994
"Wild World" Cat Stevens, 1970 Jimmy Cliff, 1970
"Wishin' and Hopin'" Dusty Springfield, 1964 The Merseybeats, 1965
Ani DiFranco, 1997
"With a Little Help from My Friends" The Beatles, 1967 Joe Cocker, 1969
Wet Wet Wet, 1988
Sam and Mark, 2004
"Without You" Badfinger, 1970 Harry Nilsson, 1971
Mariah Carey,1994
"Wonderwall" Oasis, 1995 (1996 in US) Mike Flowers Pops, 1995
"Woodstock" Joni Mitchell, 1970 Crosby, Stills, and Nash, 1970



"You" Marcia Hines, 1977 Rita Coolidge, 1978
"You Don't Have to Say You Love Me" Dusty Springfield, 1966 Elvis Presley, 1970
Helen Reddy 1981
"You Keep Me Hanging On (Set Me Free)" The Supremes, 1966 Vanilla Fudge, 1968
Kim Wilde,1987 Heaven Sent, 2003
"You Really Got Me" The Kinks, 1965 Brian Eno et al 1974
Van Halen, 1978
"You've Got a Friend" Carole King, 1971 James Taylor, 1971 [1]
Brand New Heavies, 1997


Cover albums

Artists that have released albums consisting entirely of cover songs include:

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