List o’ 12 Great Covers of Classic Rock Songs

List o' 12 Great Covers of Classic Rock SongsGreat songs get played by great bands, and this list is all about both. This list is not meant to be in any ranking order, but more to share some of the versions of classic rock songs that have been paid homage to by other killer bands.


12. Sid Vicious – My Way (Frank Sinatra)

If anyone did it his way, it was Sid Vicious. The Sex Pistols created the punk movement that slashed through the 80s like wildfire, and changed the face of rock music forever. Without them, there would be no Greenday, no Nirvana, no Foo Fighters. And this is a rendition of the grand old classic that Mr Sinatra would sure as shootin not have seen coming. *listen to the original*


11. Johnny Cash – Hurt (Nine Inch Nails)

Johnny Cash, the man in black, with that deep baritone voice – is anyone cooler than Mr Cash? He took this song and poured so much emotion and feeling into that you can touch the pain of life. Its not at all schmaltzy, just pure raw reality in the way that only Johnny Cash can give to us. To your life and music and all that you shared with us – thank you JC. *listen to the original*

10. Clapton – I Shot the Sheriff (Bob Marley)

Bob Marley once said that he loved this version, and we can see why. Clapton the blues man brings home the reggae in this rendition. He just knows where the music is, and that magical combination of his soul, voice and impeccable guitar never fails to take us there. *listen to the original*


9. Stevie Ray Vaughan – Voodoo Chile (Slight Return) (Jimi Hendrix)

This cut is pure classic SRV magic. It’s like he was Jimi and all the blues legends all rolled up into one, with his own indelible stamp on the music. Stevie was brought to us for a short but magical time. *listen to the original*

8. Led Zeppelin – I Can’t Quit You Baby (Willie Dixon)

A very rare old session version of the song we know from Zep I. The album version is more produced and in more rock style, while this session really captures the blues sound that the band started with. This is a radio session at Rhythm & Blues Maida Vale Studio, London; this track wasn’t included in BBC Session 1969-1971 CDs, but has since surfaced. Enjoy! *listen to the original*


7. Nirvana – The Man Who sold the World (David Bowie) Youtube didn’t allow embedded code for this one, so you will have to click out on the link to see the video. It is worth it – they do a fantastic job with the Bowie classic. Which, interestingly, he also played the lead role in the movie (Man Who Fell From Earth). *listen to the original*

6. Heart – Battle of Evermore (Led Zeppelin)

Holy smokes – is that Robert Plant inside Annie Wilson. Unbelievable – the vocals on this performance are outrageous! These gals can really sing – they are truly rock goddesses. *listen to the original*

5. Chris Cornell – Billie Jean (Michael Jackson)

So sweet, so cool – Chris Cornell doing MJ proud in his very own style, and showing the world that he is a whole lot more than Soundgarden and Audioslave. Chris Cornell proves once again that he is a true rock star, who has changed the world of music so many times throughout his career. Can’t wait to see what comes next. *listen to the original*

4. All Along the Watchtower – Jimi Hendrix (Bob Dylan)

Jimi can make his guitar sing, and takes this Dylan classic to a version that became a classic in its own right – the Jimi Version. What is ironic is that when Bob Dylan first played electric music at Newport Folk Festival, he was booed off the stage. My how the times they can a-change. *listen to the original*

3. Walk This Way – Run DMC (Aerosmith)

No doubt that this is one of the great covers. Its also really cool that the cover band – Run DMC – made the song completely their own but performed the cover version with Aerosmith, and from the looks of it, they all had a raucous good time. Love the line …and I saw that she was looking at D. *listen to the original*


2. Turn The Page – Metallica (Bob Seager)

Metallica covering the Bob Seager classic about life on the road. A Detriot ballad covered by a metal band just seems to fit. *listen to the original*

1. The Ramones – Spiderman (Theme song, a classic!)

The Ramones cover of the 1967 cartoon show. It appears as a hidden track in the vinyl version of their 1995 album Adios Amigos! and their 1996 album Greatest Hits Live. This version was also on the 1995 compilation album Saturday Morning Cartoon’s Greatest Hits. It was also performed live at their last ever concert and recorded on We’re Outta Here. Yay Joey! *listen to the original*

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